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
14 min read | July 6, 2021

What is a skills gap in your company? (plus gap analysis template)

What is a skills gap in your company? Discover what is a skills gap, why it matters, and how to use a skills gap analysis template. Read More
Leadership & Management
13 min read | July 1, 2021

Bravery versus courage: What is the difference?

Learn to distinguish between bravery versus courage. Read about what sets these two words apart, key differences between them, and why mindfulness is key. Read More
Professional Development
18 min read | June 23, 2021

How delayed gratification changes the way you live and work

Learn more about delayed gratification and why it can be so difficult to practice. Discover how to get better at delaying gratification at work and in life. Read More
15 min read | June 21, 2021

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
21 min read | June 17, 2021

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
Employee Experience
20 min read | June 17, 2021

What is an employee resource group and why do they matter?

Discover what an employee resource group is, why it’s important, and a list of companies with successful ERGs. Plus, read about some common types of ERGs. Read More
13 min read | June 16, 2021

The sandwich generation, understanding who they are

Learn what the sandwich generation is and the financial and emotional toll that affects them. Discover tips the sandwich generation can use to manage stress. Read More
Leadership & Management
17 min read | June 11, 2021

Coaching versus managing: What's the difference?

Learn the difference is between coaching and managing, as well as how to be a more effective manager by blending coaching and managing skills together. Read More
18 min read | June 9, 2021

The power of positive self talk (and how you can use it)

Learn the difference between positive and negative self talk, how to overcome negative thinking, and how to have positive self talk in your daily life. Read More
Leadership & Management
15 min read | June 8, 2021

Why you need executive presence (and how to get it)

Executive presence is an essential leadership skill. Here’s a deep dive into what it means and how to have a strong executive presence to be a successful leader. Read More
Professional Development
18 min read | June 7, 2021

How to become more assertive at work (your ultimate guide)

Learn how to become more assertive at work. Learn the difference between assertive communication and aggression, along with a few real-world examples. Read More
Leadership & Management
16 min read | June 2, 2021

The 8 toxic leadership traits (and how to spot them)

Learn the 8 most common toxic leadership traits and how to spot them, plus the 7 best ways to deal with a toxic leader in the workplace. Read More
18 min read | June 2, 2021

The importance of integrity in the workplace (with examples)

What does integrity mean in the workplace and why is it crucial? Let's examine examples of integrity, its meaning, and why it's important at work. Read More
Professional Development
15 min read | May 28, 2021

How to improve your public speaking skills: 8 tips

Learn how to improve your public speaking skills and why it’s important. Here are eight tips that will boost your confidence and improve your public speaking skills. Read More