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
10 min read | February 3, 2022

Perfectionism isn't a virtue (and doesn't help well-being, either)

Gain an understanding of perfectionism, how it gets in the way, along with the types of perfectionism, common signs, and how to overcome it. Read More
Professional Development
9 min read | January 28, 2022

Want to give a killer presentation? 8 tips to make it a success

See how you can give a successful and memorable presentation at work. Plus, explore some of the challenges and worries that come up prior to presenting. Read More
Diversity & Inclusion
21 min read | January 25, 2022

Breaking the glass ceiling at work and unleashing your potential

If there’s a glass ceiling at your workplace, it can hold you back from reaching your full potential. Find out what’s behind this barrier — and how to smash it. Read More
Professional Development
16 min read | January 25, 2022

Make the right impression — the best questions to ask a hiring manager

Discover 33 important questions to ask a hiring manager at your next interview. Be well-informed and make a great first impression. Read More
Well-being
15 min read | January 20, 2022

How to actually work smarter, not harder (13 tips for making it real)

Find the right tips for you on how to work smart, not harder, and watch your productivity soar. Read More
Professional Development
12 min read | January 17, 2022

How to use power (of your position and your person) in the workplace

Learn what positional power means, how it differs from personal power, and why personal power is as important as positional power to further your career. Read More
Employee Experience
22 min read | January 14, 2022

Increase your employee retention rate (and prevent turnover)

Learn how to increase your employee retention rate, avoid employee turnover, and create engaging environments where managers and team members thrive. Read More
Well-being
15 min read | January 12, 2022

Understanding the difference between sympathy and empathy

Learn the main differences between empathy vs sympathy and similar concepts like compassion and apathy. Plus, read about the best ways to practice empathy. Read More
Professional Development
19 min read | January 5, 2022

Reinventing yourself: 10 ways to realize your full potential

Reinventing yourself can help you realize your full potential. Learn how to start this important journey of self-discovery as you make positive life changes. Read More
Well-being
14 min read | January 3, 2022

10 ways to take time for yourself even with a hectic schedule

Learn why it’s so important to take time for yourself, even when you’re busy. Discover 10 ways you can start setting time aside for your self-care. Read More
Diversity & Inclusion
23 min read | December 22, 2021

What is gaslighting at work? 6 signs of gaslighting and how to deal

Learn how to spot gaslighting at work with 7 examples and 6 top signs of gaslighting behavior. Plus, read how to deal with gaslighting in the workplace. Read More
Professional Development
19 min read | December 20, 2021

What is personal power? Develop your power and own your life

Explore the definition of personal power, how it affects you, and how you can wield it successfully. Knowing what personal power is can further your career. Read More
Well-being
19 min read | December 10, 2021

Family dynamics can lift you up (or drag you down)

Family dynamics can affect our behavior, relationships, and work. Find out about healthy and toxic dynamics in our families and what you can do about them. Read More
Professional Development
16 min read | December 6, 2021

Make a good first impression: Expert tips for showing up at your best

Learn how to make a good first impression in business and your personal life. We’ve got nine tips to help you impress from your very first meeting. Read More