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
17 min read | March 28, 2022

The affects of shift work sleep disorder 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
Professional Development
13 min read | March 22, 2022

CV versus resume? Demystify the differences once and for all

Resumes and CVs are similar but different. Learn when to use each and best practices for writing a successful document. Read More
Professional Development
14 min read | March 16, 2022

Here's what to do when you’re overqualified for a job (but want it anyway)

Hiring managers can overlook people for being overqualified for a job. Learn how to address being overqualified and still land the jobs you want. Read More
Productivity
17 min read | March 8, 2022

Problem-solving strategies to turn challenges on their head

Understanding the problem-solving process is crucial to developing a plan of action. Use these problem-solving strategies to streamline your process. Read More
Well-being
13 min read | March 7, 2022

Midlife crisis doesn't have to be: Learn to navigate it with grace

Learn how a midlife crisis can appear in your life along with all of the different stages. Plus, get strategies to help you move through it. Read More
Well-being
17 min read | March 2, 2022

Calm your anxiety with this guide to help you cope

Feeling worried? You’re not alone. Everyone feels overwhelmed sometimes, and this guide can help you calm your anxiety. Read More
Well-being
12 min read | February 27, 2022

Unmotivated? Here’s how to get back on track

A brief guide to help readers fund and stay motivated over time. Read More
Well-being
12 min read | February 25, 2022

Improve your confidence: 10 ways to overcome insecurities

Insecurities can impact every aspect of our lives. Learn what causes us to feel insecure and how we can overcome them. Read More
Professional Development
21 min read | February 23, 2022

How to ask for a letter of recommendation (with examples)

Wondering how to ask for a letter of recommendation? Reference this guide before asking to ensure you reach out to the right people and are successful. Read More
Well-being
17 min read | February 21, 2022

The surprising ways music benefits your brain and body

The benefits of music are vast. Learn how music can help support your mental, physical, and emotional health. Read More
Professional Development
9 min read | February 21, 2022

How to not be nervous for a presentation — 13 tips that work (really!)

Feeling anxious about a big presentation? Try these different techniques to handle your nerves before, during, and after a presentation. Read More
Productivity
19 min read | February 15, 2022

The Pomodoro Technique: How a break can improve productivity and well-being

If you’re looking for a new time-management method, look at rest. The Pomodoro Technique uses rest to increase focus and productivity and reduce burnout. Read More
Coaching
16 min read | February 14, 2022

Why people use executive coaching and how it can improve your work life

A brief guide to executive coaching. Find out what it is, how it helps, and details on the types of coaching and what to expect from the process. Read More
Well-being
14 min read | February 7, 2022

Why getting an "A" isn't always the best: The ups and downs of a Type A personality

Discover what it means to have a Type A personality and all of the pros and cons that come with it. Read More