Dr. Shawn Andrews

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Dr. Shawn Andrews is an international keynote speaker, organizational consultant, and author of the best-selling book, The Power of Perception: Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and the Gender Divide (2018 Morgan James Publishing).

She’s been a Forbes contributor, quoted in the Chicago Tribune, and interviewed on dozens of podcast and radio shows, including NPR.

Shawn has shared her ideas on the TEDx stage and has worked with over 100 companies across multiple industries, including the United Nations, Johnson and Johnson, Hewlett-Packard, U.S. Forest Service, National Diversity Council, Association for Talent Development, and Society for Human Resource Management.

With over two decades of corporate experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, she has helped thousands of leaders improve and develop using presentations, workshops, coaching, and psychological instruments. She is an accredited practitioner for EQ-i 2.0 and EQ 360 models and Insights Discovery Colors.

She serves as a professor at both UC Irvine and Pepperdine University Business Schools, teaching courses on Women and Leadership and Organizational Behavior. Her specific areas of focus include Leadership and Gender, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Bias, and Emotional Intelligence.

Shawn earned her Ed.D. degree in Organizational Leadership and an M.B.A. degree from Pepperdine University, and a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine.

She serves as Board President, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Orange County, and is founder and CEO of Andrews Research International.

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  • What is your favorite quote? If you think you can or think you can't, you're right.
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? My two passions are cycling and drumming which I've done since I was a kid. I've been in several bands and did studio work, and I try to cycle every weekend if I can.
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? I've had a few great mentors in my career, but my best mentor is my older sister, Teri. She's served as a great mentor and role model my entire career.
  • Is there anything else we should know about you? I'm an educator by nature. I have several years of academic teaching & corporate training experience. My presentations are grounded in data, but delivered with practical application.