Shonna Waters

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Shonna is BetterUp’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances. She leads the development of partnerships, integrations and evidence-based solutions to address the top business challenges of our customers and drive optimal performance and wellbeing 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), Institute of Ocahcing (IOC) and the Center for Evidence-Based Management (CeBMA). 

Shonna received her PhD 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. She has presented internationally at over 40 professional conferences and given numerous invited talks on topics ranging from people analytics, coaching and development, the future of work, and has been cited in media outlets including CNBC, Fast Company, Forbes, and Axios. She has published two books including The Practical Guide to HR Analytics and The Coaching Shift