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

She is a Forbes contributor, has been quoted in the Chicago Tribune, interviewed on dozens of podcast and radio shows, including NPR, and is a Women’s Media Center SheSource expert.

Shawn speaks and consults to a diverse range of clients, including SABMiller Brewing Company, Broadcom, Johnson and Johnson, Biogen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Rust-Oleum, Experian, Manatt law firm, and the National Diversity Council. She leads workshop sessions at a variety of conferences, including the Association for Talent Development and the Society for Human Resource Management.

With over two decades of corporate experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, she has a strong history of leading, educating and inspiring others. Shawn is experienced in leadership development, facilitation and training, and 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 Model, Insights Discovery Colors, and Blanchard’s Situational Leadership.

She serves as professor at both UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business and Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, teaching courses on Women and Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Diversity in Organizations, and Leadership and Ethics. Her specific areas of focus include Organizational Leadership, Learning & Development, Talent Management, Diversity & Inclusion, and Unconscious Bias.

Shawn earned her Ed.D. degree in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, an M.B.A. degree from Pepperdine University, and a B.A. degree in Psychology from University of California, Irvine. She is founder and CEO of Andrews Research International.

My Mission

To serve as an expert educator to inspire and empower women to advance their careers, to help organizations better manage their talent through diversity and inclusion, and to contribute to closing the global leadership gender gap.

My Philosophy

I believe that everyone should have access to equal opportunities. I want to see talented professionals succeed in their career, and I want to see organizations be more diverse and inclusive so that everyone’s talents are utilized and valued. Unfortunately, too many knowledgeable and capable individuals fall short of their career goals, and too many organizations leave untapped talent on the table. The world is becoming more diverse every day, and I believe that we can do better.

Building cultures that are more inclusive and gender balanced takes awareness, dialogue and ongoing action—and there are many individual and organizational strategies that can move us forward.

In 2014, I launched my speaking and consulting business, and shortly after started writing and teaching for business schools. I’m passionate about helping others take control of their professional lives, helping businesses be more effective, and making an impact on the world. This is what drives me to research, speak, teach, and write on the broad topics of leadership, emotional intelligence, and gender—and it’s why I wrote The Power of Perception.

I invite you to join me on the journey.