Shonna Waters, PhD

Vice President of Alliance Solutions

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
15 min read | November 18, 2021

The problem with a fixed mindset: How outlook shapes our lives

What is a fixed mindset, and how does a growth mindset compare? Here’s everything you should know about the differences between a fixed and growth mindset. Read More
17 min read | November 15, 2021

How to carry a conversation — the art of making connections

Master how to carry a conversation in the business world and learn how to communicate effectively. Our guide to making conversation makes connecting easier. Read More
21 min read | November 12, 2021

How shift work disorders your sleep and strategies to cope

Shift work sleep disorder can have serious implications for your physical and mental health. Here is how to cope with this condition and minimize symptoms. Read More
20 min read | November 3, 2021

Environmental health and the work, well-being, and health of your team

Environmental health has a major impact on health and well-being. Find out what environmental health means and read tips for how you can improve it. Read More
24 min read | November 2, 2021

What makes a good leader? 18 leadership qualities explained

What leadership qualities make a good leader? Learn about what leadership is, 18 traits of exceptional leaders, and how to be a good leader at work. Read More
20 min read | November 1, 2021

How to give yourself a boost and start feeling better

Want to boost your confidence and self-worth? Learn how to feel better about yourself, and why that’s so important, with these 13 helpful everyday tips. Read More
20 min read | October 22, 2021

How to better yourself: 15 tips to become your best version

Learn how to better yourself using 16 tips and tricks, understand what it means to better yourself, and discover why it’s so important to improve yourself. Read More
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