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Dr. Kathleen Reardon is a Phi Beta Kappa professor of management at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. She was a National Cancer Institute postdoctoral fellow and on the USC faculty of Preventive Medicine and has taught in the MBA, Executive MBA,and International MBA programs at USC.

She has been a featured blogger with Huffington Post since September 2005. She is the author of numerous articles on communication, persuasion, negotiation, women in the workplace, health communication and politics, including in the Harvard Business Review. She wrote the HBR reprint bestseller, "The Memo Every Woman Keeps in Her Desk." Her latest HBR article is "Courage as a Skill." Persuasion In Practice, Kathleen's first book, was described by Public Opinion Quarterly as "a landmark contribution to the field."

Her latest book is the mystery-thriller Shadow Campus. A young professor on the eve of tenure is found hanging and nearly dead in her university office. Her brother and only living relative, a builder by trade, must leave his small New England town for Los Angeles to help a sister he has kept at a distance since a childhood event he can neither forgive nor forget.

She was awarded membership in Mortar Board and Phi Kappa Phi and this in 2013 was awarded the University of Connecticut Alumni Humanitarian Award.

Kathleen Reardon has also published The Secret Handshake (amazon business and nonfiction bestseller), It's All Politics, The Skilled Negotiator and They Don't Get, Do They. She has served as Board Member and is a Trustee of First Star, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit devoted to protecting children at risk where she is also a Distinguished Fellow. She also conducted the feasibility study as co-principal investigator for the Starbright Foundation (now Starlight Children's Foundation) initially chaired by Steven Spielberg.

Her politics website is kathleenkelleyreardon.com.

CHILDHOOD DENIED: ENDING THE NIGHTMARE OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT co-authored with Christopher Noblet (Sage Publications) was written to enhance the lives of children at risk. In this book Dr. Reardon proposed the idea to establish academies on college campuses -- demystifying the college experience for teenage foster children by immersing them for 4 weeks each summer from 9th grade onward in a summer on-campus program followed by monthly sessions. Academies are ongoing at UCLA, URI, George Washington University and UConn derived from Kathleen's model. Also in development is the concept of full-year academies which was proposed in Childhood Denied.

In 2011 she was invited to serve on the advisory board of the new Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island.

As an avocation she is an artist of watercolors and oils and donates many of her paintings to charity.

Entries by Kathleen Reardon

Is it Good for America to Only do What's Good for Business?

(152) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 9:08 PM

Opponents to President Obama's efforts to put millions of dollars in the pockets of people who've been working overtime for no pay want you to worry about business again.

Conservative business groups have responded with all-too-familiar claims of the harm Obama's plan will bring to their members....

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In Journalism, There Is Such a Thing as an Accurate Story

(8) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 12:30 PM

Perhaps PBS is doing the best it can with only 12 percent of its revenue coming from federal funding, but I expected better -- in some important respects -- from its new team on NewsHour.

As a result of interference by billionaires and...

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How Many More Tragedies Does It Take Before We Stop Turning Our Backs on Mental Illness?

(34) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 12:38 PM

Ask Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds about his son Austin. He'll tell you of a "beautiful child" who was "full of love." Yet Austin (Gus), age 24, stabbed his father multiple times before taking his own life. "Whatever illness took him was so contrary to his nature," Deeds...

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If You Don't Like People Tweeting About Cancer, Don't Read It

(40) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 9:46 AM

If there is a set of rules about coping with cancer, I have never seen it. Perhaps in some circles a commonly accepted method exists. If so, I remain in the dark, despite my own experiences with this disease.

Equally uninformed are many fellow cancer patients who are coping, in...

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No Excuse for Apple's Binders Full of Women Problem

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 12:08 PM

Big hoopla this week that Apple is open to more female representation on their board. They caution, however, that it may take a few years. Coincidentally, NASA just announced their intention to spur a young commercial space industry and solve astronaut complex health issues during four...

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In Praise of Helicopter Parents

(5) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 12:06 PM

How many investors drop their money at the doorsteps of businesses and say, "I don't know you personally from Adam, but you have a good reputation so I'm sure you'll do the right thing with this wheelbarrow full of money"?

Yet many well-meaning parents do just that...

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Are We Asking the Right Questions About Women's Advancement at Work?

(6) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 2:27 PM

The Sunday New York Times front-page story "Wall Street Mothers, Stay-Home Fathers" is a look at how women can make it to the top by engaging in an increasingly popular form of "marrying well" -- having a stay-at-home husband.

An interesting article, it nonetheless points to yet another...

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Home Alone at the U.S. Senate: A Farce and a Sham

(5) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 1:39 PM

There were an estimated 26,000 unwanted sexual contacts and sexual assaults in the military in FY2012 -- a 37 percent increase from FY2011. Yet when Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Claire McCaskill of Missouri introduced their rival plans to end...

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Cancer at 30: No One Is a Young Invincible

(264) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 2:08 PM

Life was getting underway the day I found a suspicious lump. My first book had just been published and was being received well in my field. I was traveling and speaking about a new research project. The phone kept ringing and there was little time to think.

...

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If They'll Sit Down for a Coup of Their Own Party, What's Next?

(15) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 2:11 PM

Influence comes in many forms. In a true democracy, persuasion is a crucial process by which people with different views work toward a resolution. Persuasion, after all, is not something done to people but rather done with people. At its best, persuasion is a transparent form of communication during which...

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Shutdown: non, les républicains ne sont pas fous

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 12:48 PM

Quand on négocie, une erreur à ne pas commettre est de partir du principe que les autres ont la même vision du monde que vous.

Jon Stewart a très bien décrit le parti républicain comme ayant "perdu la raison" en voulant rejeter des lois par la force....

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Shutdown: non, les républicains ne sont pas fous

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 10:44 AM

Kathleen Reardon est professeure à la USC Marshall School, auteure de The Secret Handshake et Shadow Campus.

Quand on négocie, une erreur à ne pas commettre est de partir du principe que les autres ont la même vision du monde que vous.

Jon Stewart a très bien...

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Are the Republicans Crazy? No!

(1162) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 11:54 AM

One of the greatest dangers in negotiation is to assume that how you see the world is also how others see it.

Jon Stewart masterfully depicts the Republican Party as having "left the plane of reason" in presuming that it gets to reject laws in...

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Hillary's To-Do List on Benghazi -- And Soon!

(124) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 10:18 AM

There are issues that you just have to get in front of if you're going to win an argument or an election. Among those who study persuasion, a term for this is "inoculation." You take a flu shot to prevent yourself from getting the flu. In politics, you inoculate against...

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Hand-Raising At Harvard -- Will It Help Level the Field?

(9) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 1:32 PM

How does a top business graduate school level the playing field for women? How does it retain female faculty in a culture that the university admits has been unwelcoming to women? If it's Harvard Business School, it begins to change the culture -- a gut-wrenching effort for some of the...

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Why Should We Believe Them This Time?

(302) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 1:45 PM

If President Barack Obama wants the country united behind him, no matter his position, he should come out front-and-center as did British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday.

The president needs to demonstrate unequivocally that hidden agendas, puffed up 'intelligence,' patriotic chest-pounding and pie-in-the-sky predictions of a positive outcome...

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President Obama's Education Plan -- A No-Brainer for Colleges

(24) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 12:49 PM

Senator Mark Rubio (R-Fla) has labeled President Barrack Obama's plan to set standards for colleges and universities a "slippery slope."

"The U.S. did not create the best higher education system in the world by using standards set by Washington bureaucrats," Rubio offered.

Perhaps Senator Rubio...

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The Mammogram Assault! It Doesn't Have to Happen to You!

(31) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 2:37 PM

Last week I felt assaulted: not on the street, nor in a dark parking structure, alley or another risky location. Instead, this feeling of having been assaulted happened to me in a hospital.
It happened during a routine screening mammogram.

When I was 32 years old, after...

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Notes on a First Novel

(19) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 3:38 PM

This blog is for those who have not gone to college to learn how to become writers.

(Such persons don't need this blog -- and may even disagree with much of what I say here.)

Many people have told me they would love to...

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Still Here Thinking of You: A Collaborative Memoir of Maternal Struggle and Love

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 11:35 AM

How well did we know our parents? Do you ever wonder? It takes so long to move from infancy to true adulthood when reason and reflection more readily occur. Even the most empathic of teenage and young adult children are enmeshed in a world of beckoning technology where drama and...

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