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
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
Collaboration
16 min read | May 3, 2022

Why building great work relationships is more than just getting along

Building good work relationships is important for personal and professional growth. Here’s why it matters and 9 ways to get started. Read More
Well-being
16 min read | April 25, 2022

A toxic work environment hurts. These 5 tips can help you overcome it

A toxic work environment drains us all. Learn how to identify and deal with an environment that damages your well-being. Read More
Well-being
10 min read | April 21, 2022

Calm your mind with 8 surefire tips to press pause on overthinking

Find out why overthinking can be a problem — and discover strategies to put a stop to this behavior. Read More
Well-being
13 min read | April 19, 2022

What is environmental health and why is it important?

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
Well-being
14 min read | April 13, 2022

Look to your social health if you want to improve your well-being

What is social health and how can you maximize it? We’ll explain it all in this handy guide to social health, examples of it, and how to improve it. Read More
Well-being
17 min read | April 13, 2022

How building healthy boundaries is the key to work relationships

Healthy boundaries in relationships help protect our independence and autonomy. Learn what these boundaries look like and how to implement them. Read More
Well-being
14 min read | April 12, 2022

Improve your life with a new outlook: 10 benefits of positive thinking

Thinking positively isn’t everything, but a change in attitude can help you take a more optimistic view and improve your physical and mental health. Read More
Leadership & Management
24 min read | April 8, 2022

How to Become a Great Leader: 10 Tips, 7 Traits and 5 Challenges

Interested in how to become a good leader? What about becoming a great leader? Being a good (or great) leader isn't impossible or difficult. Explore how. Read More
Collaboration
13 min read | April 7, 2022

What will make or break your next role? Find out why teamwork matters

Effective teamwork changes any workplace. Learn how you can promote teamwork and enjoy the benefits of working collaboratively. Read More