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May Gao

Associate Professor of Business Communication
Coordinator of the Asian Studies Program
Kennesaw State University, Metro Atlanta
Education:
Ph.D. University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (2004)
M.A. Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (2000)
B.A. Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai China (1989)
mgao@kennesaw.edu

Expertise: Chinese cross-cultural communication

Dr. May H. Gao is a Professor of Communication and Asian Studies at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, GA since July 2004. Dr. Gao has published extensively in areas of communication, business, media, Asian Studies and China Studies in the past two decades. New York based Business Expert Press has signed a contract to publish Gao’s new book in 2022 with the title of “Win Business with Relationships: 6-step Communication Strategies Inspired by Entrepreneurs, Taoism and Gardening.” Because of her expertise in global businesses, cultures and communication, Dr. Gao has been invited to provide executive training for such companies as UPS, The Coca-Cola Company, tvsdesign, Euramax, Kimberly-Clark, Cobb Vantress (a Tyson Chicken company), Equity Prime Mortgage, Enercon Services, Inc. and The Sports Authority. Dr. Gao is the Founder and Chair of the Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO), the largest Asia business conference in the U.S. Both “The White House Initiative on AAPIs” and “Asian American Heritage Foundation” recognize Dr. Gao for her leadership in enhancing business with and education on Asia. Georgia Asian Times named Dr. Gao as one of the “25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia” (2013 & 2016). US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (SE region) acknowledges Dr. Gao as one of “Five Outstanding Asian Americans” (2019). Dr. Gao holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of South Florida (USF), an MA in Mass Communication from Brigham Young University (BYU), and a BA in English Language and Literature from Shanghai International Studies University (SISU). Prior to coming to the U.S. for her graduate study in 1998, Dr. Gao was a TV Anchor woman in China at Anhui TV Station (ATV), as well as a PR Specialist at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). Dr. Gao lives in Atlanta with her family. In her spare time, Dr. Gao enjoys writing, gardening, playing Guzheng music, and traveling.

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