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Shonna Waters, PhD

Vice President of Alliance Solutions
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Shonna is BetterUp’s Vice President of Alliance Solutions. She leads the development of evidence-based solutions to address the top business challenges of our customers and drive optimal performance and well-being for our Members.

Shonna began her career as an internal and external consultant across sectors and industries on issues spanning every aspect of people systems in organizations including selection, development, leadership and succession, performance management, governance, and compensation. Prior to joining BetterUp, she served in executive leadership roles at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the National Security Agency. Shonna is a professor, author, leadership coach, and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the Center for Evidence-Based Management (CeBMA).

Shonna received her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology and Statistics from the University of Minnesota. She completed her certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University's Leadership Coaching Program and is an ICF certified coach.

Latest posts by Shonna Waters, PhD
10 min read | November 16, 2022

How to quit a part-time job: 5 tips to leave on good terms

Learn how to quit a part-time job with respect and professionalism. Check out tips for what to include in your resignation letter, and what to avoid saying. Read More
Consumer
14 min read | November 11, 2022

Asking for a raise: Tips to get what you’re worth

When asking for a raise, tips and tricks can help you get what you’re worth. Here’s our guide on how to boost your income. Read More
Leadership & Management
12 min read | November 9, 2022

How to be more persuasive: 6 tips for convincing others

If you’re wondering how to be more persuasive, stronger communication skills may help. Here’s everything you need to know about mastering persuasion. Read More
Leadership & Management
15 min read | October 26, 2022

What is a leader, what do they do, and how do you become one?

What is a leader, and what does it take to be effective? Learn more about leadership qualities, and how you can become a better leader. Read More
Well-being
12 min read | October 24, 2022

How to give kudos at work. Try these 5 examples to show appreciation

Giving compliments in a professional setting can be difficult. Here are some kudos examples for you to try that will boost morale and team performance. Read More
Professional Development
14 min read | October 21, 2022

Getting passed over for a promotion is tough. Here's how to handle it

It’s hard to know what to do if you don’t get a promotion. Here’s how you can overcome a setback and find future success. Read More
Professional Development
14 min read | October 20, 2022

Give me a (career) break: what to know before taking time off

Career breaks don’t carry the same stigma as before, but they still come with some risks. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering a sabbatical. Read More
Professional Development
11 min read | October 19, 2022

How to make yourself indispensable at work: Pro tips

Being an indispensable employee is about more than doing a good job. Add value to your team and contribute to your company with these tips and strategies. Read More
Professional Development
13 min read | October 19, 2022

Know what you want. How to answer questions about salary expectations

Discussing salary expectations can be scary. Here’s how not to sell yourself short. Read More
Professional Development
14 min read | October 19, 2022

How to decide between your current job and a new opportunity

How do you to decide between current job and new job offer? It’s not an easy choice. But with these tips, you can make the best decision. Read More
Professional Development
14 min read | October 18, 2022

Not seeing a promotion? Is it a problem? Here’s what to do

Don’t get stuck in a rut. If you’ve received no promotion after five years, it’s time to rethink your strategy. Here’s what to do. Read More
Productivity
13 min read | October 17, 2022

Are you a perfectionist? How to understand what is causing it

Ever wondered what causes perfectionism? Take a deep dive into how perfectionism impacts your mental health, and why it’s never too late to seek the help you need. Read More
Professional Development
14 min read | October 17, 2022

Looking for a new job? Here are 6 things to consider

Whether you’re a fresh graduate or a seasoned professional, you need these tips when looking for a new job. Read More
Productivity
15 min read | October 14, 2022

You need more than a quote to motivate a team

Quotes to motivate a team are great at highlighting the role of the teamwork. But to build real collaboration, leaders need to step up. Here’s how. Read More