Michael Shadow

President, Shadow and Associates, Inc.
Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1976

Michael Shadow is the president of Shadow and Associates, Inc. in Seattle. He teaches courses through the Evans School Cascade Executive Programs on oral and political communication.

Shadow is also an instructor for the Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences where he teaches oral communication for public sector administrators and persuasive communication. In addition to his teaching, private coach and leads seminars in Europe, Africa, South America, Canada, and the United States for environmental activists, judges and attorneys, educators, lobbyists, and political and business leaders.

His work outside of academia receives high praise with an occasional rhetorical flourish. The Seattle Times has called Shadow “polished and articulate…the sultan of suave...the godfather of glib...the oracle of oration,” and the “image meister,” who is “one of the most sought after communication coaches in the country.” The Wall Street Journal calls Michael “the internationally noted speech consultant...a spellbinding speaker” who can “nail his audience to their seats with both his style and his message.” The Vancouver Sun says he “is reported to give the best pep-talk this side of a Superbowl locker room” and the Seattle Weekly voted Shadow the ‘best political consultant” for 1998.

Shadow is the 1997 recipient of the Ned Behnke Leadership Award for exceptional courage and leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS during his seven years of service as the chairman of the organizing committee for the annual Northwest AIDS Walk. He is also the former chairman of the Group Health Community Foundation’s board of directors and the Seattle-King County Crime Stoppers board of trustees. He has also served on the boards of Children’s Home Society of Washington and United Cerebral Palsy of Snohomish and King Counties.

Shadow holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Areas of Specialization:
Persuasive Communication, Public Speaking, Political Communication, Oral Communication