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
32 min read | October 19, 2021

What is altruism (and is it important at work)?

Altruism is the act of helping others. Discover what altruism is, the psychology behind it, and why it matters at work. Plus, learn how to cultivate it. Read More
Leadership & Management
19 min read | October 18, 2021

Power versus authority, why the difference matters

Power vs. authority — which is more effective in a workplace scenario? Learn the difference between power and authority and how to become a better leader. Read More
Leadership & Management
22 min read | October 15, 2021

How using different types of authority affects leadership

Which types of authority do we use at work and in everyday life? Learn how best to use your authority and the difference between leadership and authority. Read More
Well-being
26 min read | October 13, 2021

Types of stress and what you can do to fight them

Learn about the different types of stress and the symptoms of each. Plus, find out how to cope with stress using these effective stress management techniques. Read More
Well-being
19 min read | October 7, 2021

Chronic stress is a chronic problem. Here's how to cope

Learn what chronic stress is and how it can affect your life. You’ll also learn the benefits of stress management techniques to cope with chronic stress. Read More
Leadership & Management
13 min read | October 5, 2021

Rational persuasion: How to influence your team through logic

Rational persuasion is an influence tactic that can help you become a more influential leader. Read how to master it and strengthen your leadership skills. Read More
Leadership & Management
16 min read | October 4, 2021

The cognitive biases caused by the availability heuristic

Learn about the availability heuristic, how it can mislead you, why it can cloud your judgment, and the best ways to avoid its influence on your decisions. Read More
Coaching
19 min read | October 1, 2021

How different learning styles make a difference at work

What are the different learning styles, and how can they help you in your professional life? Find out what your learning style is and why it’s important. Read More
Well-being
28 min read | September 29, 2021

What is neuroplasticity? The power to change your mind

The human brain is constantly building new connections using its neuroplasticity. Read on to learn about what neuroplasticity is and how it benefits you. Read More
Professional Development
17 min read | September 28, 2021

The significance of a learning pathway for your employees

Building learning pathways for employees is an important part of business advancement and progression. Learn how to successfully create these pathways. Read More
Coaching
17 min read | September 27, 2021

Feeling uneasy? Here’s what workplace coercion looks like

Workplace coercion is a serious issue that needs to be tackled head-on. Find out what forms it can take and how you can prevent it in your organization. Read More
Well-being
21 min read | September 23, 2021

Ideas for wellness challenges (that employees won’t hate)

Wellness challenges don't have to stir up loathing or fear. Let us guide you through challenges that actually benefit your employees and your culture. Read More
Leadership & Management
18 min read | September 20, 2021

How to read body language and gain deeper emotional awareness

Knowing how to read body language can be a valuable skill in the workplace and at home. Learn how to interpret nonverbal communication and its benefits. Read More
Well-being
17 min read | September 14, 2021

How not to lose sleep over your circadian rhythms

Your circadian rhythms control nearly every aspect of your physical and mental health, including your sleep cycles. Here’s everything you need to know. Read More