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
31 min read | September 10, 2021

Manage your energy, not your time: How to work smarter and faster

Learn why it’s important to manage your energy, not your time, and how you can start practicing this skill to become more efficient and productive at work. Read More
Professional Development
16 min read | September 8, 2021

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

Learn what professional development is and how you can use it to excel in your career. Plus, read about the components of a professional development plan. Read More
Employee Benefits
16 min read | September 2, 2021

A 401(k) employer match is free money, here’s how it works

Learn about the 401(k) employer match, how it works, what types are most common for employers to use, and how it can help you reach your retirement goals. Read More
Well-being
21 min read | September 1, 2021

Learned optimism can change your life. Here's how

Discover how learned optimism can improve your health, relationships, and career. It can even change the way you see the world. Here’s how. Read More
Productivity
20 min read | August 31, 2021

50 good habits to help spur your mental well-being

Good habits have the power to transform your life for the better. Here’s a list of good habits that can lead you to enjoy a more productive and happy life. Read More
Professional Development
21 min read | August 31, 2021

Corporate training putting your team to sleep? Here’s why

Corporate training doesn't have to put your employees to sleep. Learn about the styles of modern corporate training and how to choose the right one. Read More
Professional Development
18 min read | August 24, 2021

How to make personalized learning work (and how not to)

Discover the benefits of personalized learning. We’ll debunk four of its biggest myths and show you how to plan an effective personalized learning strategy. Read More
Collaboration
15 min read | August 20, 2021

Productive conflict isn’t bad, especially in the workplace

Productive conflict is an important part of workplace dynamics. Here’s why you should normalize it and how to make the most of it for your team’s growth. Read More
Professional Development
18 min read | August 19, 2021

Executive development is personalized to leaders everywhere

Learn what executive development is, its main goal, why it’s so urgent, and how to choose the right executive development program for your organization. Read More
Coaching
16 min read | August 18, 2021

Mentor-mentee relationships are beyond powerful, here’s why

A mentor-mentee relationship can give your career the boost it needs. Discover the essential characteristics of a successful mentor-mentee relationship. Read More
Employee Experience
25 min read | August 18, 2021

Employee development is key to your company's success

Investing in an employee development plan should be a priority for all organizations. Learn everything about the benefits of employee development. Read More
Professional Development
16 min read | August 17, 2021

Discovering your true north makes life easier: Here's why

What does it mean to find your true north? Learn how to use your internal compass to guide you successfully through life and become an authentic leader. Read More
Leadership & Management
20 min read | August 13, 2021

Organizational training: The what, why, and how

Organizational training doesn’t just develop the skills of employees. It can benefit your company as a whole. Learn about how to start a training program. Read More
Employee Experience
19 min read | August 12, 2021

Millennial employment: Do we finally understand them (us)?

Millennial employment is often misunderstood. Successfully attracting and retaining this young generation comes down to understanding who they really are. Read More