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
16 min read | June 24, 2022

Self-knowledge examples that will help you upgrade to You 2.0

Want to build a better you? Here are self-knowledge examples and theories to examine your consciousness. Read More
Professional Development
16 min read | June 20, 2022

Professional development is for everyone (We’re looking at you)

Professional development is one of the best ways to advance your career and stay engaged with your job and industry. Learn what it is and how to start today. Read More
Well-being
16 min read | June 15, 2022

Set social goals: 8 tips to get out there and make connections

Wondering how to create social goals? Find out how these eight goal-setting tips can help you flourish in any social environment. Read More
Professional Development
12 min read | June 9, 2022

The importance of good speech: 5 tips to be more articulate

Being an articulate speaker is more than just stringing together cohesive sentences. Learn how to be more articulate and how it can help your speech. Read More
Professional Development
16 min read | June 8, 2022

Take a vocation: Finding clarity in your professional life

What is a vocation? Follow this guide to learn what a vocation is, why it matters, and how to find your true calling in life. It’s not just a profession. Read More
Professional Development
11 min read | June 3, 2022

How to deal with difficult coworkers and still be professional

Difficult coworkers are a fact of life. And a matter of perspective. These eight tips can help you deal with their behavior while keeping your cool. Read More
Well-being
16 min read | June 2, 2022

Bonding time: 7 tips to deepen your relationships

Learning how to deepen your relationships will make every area of your life better. Discover how relational mindfulness can help you improve your connections. Read More
Professional Development
14 min read | June 1, 2022

How long should you stay in a job? This guide will help you figure it out

How long should you stay in a job? Learn the pros and cons of changing jobs so you can make the right decision for your future. Read More
Well-being
19 min read | May 27, 2022

Sandwich generation: definition and how to help

Do you fit the sandwich generation definition? Learn what the sandwich generation is and how to prioritize your well-being while caring for your loved ones. Read More
Well-being
21 min read | May 27, 2022

The importance of mental health in the workplace

Mental health in the workplace is crucial. Here are solutions that provide both employees and employers with the skills they need to thrive at work. Read More
Well-being
15 min read | May 24, 2022

Too much alone together. The risk factors for social isolation

Learn the social isolation symptoms if you’re worried about yourself and your loneliness. If you’re struggling, don’t hesitate to reach out for support. Read More
Professional Development
17 min read | May 17, 2022

What moves you? Understanding motivation is your key to success

Did you know understanding the types of motivation can help you succeed? Learn how to get out of your slump starting today. Read More
Leadership & Management
16 min read | May 13, 2022

Overcome a manager's biggest fear: Learn how to let someone go the right way

Firing someone can be an uncomfortable experience. Learn how you can fire someone nicely — and build mental fitness along the way. Read More
Well-being
16 min read | May 13, 2022

Improve your sleep hygiene to stop stressing about your zzz's

Sleep hygiene is crucial to getting the most out of your sleep. Here’s how sleep hygiene affects your health and how to improve your routine. Read More