Dr. Shawn Andrews has presented to a wide array of audiences, including human resources, technology, legal, financial, learning and development, talent management, food and beverage, and healthcare. She speaks on leadership, emotional intelligence, gender, unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion, and multi-generations.

Known for her engaging and insightful talks, Shawn’s audiences learn how to get the most out of their career and their organizations, and leave the room feeling empowered to act and make an impact. She is one of few female keynote speakers that blend a research-based message with the high-energy delivery required to inspire big audiences.

These are sample topics. Please feel free to contact us if you’d like to schedule a talk or discuss a customized presentation. You can also view videos of her talks.

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The Power of Perception: Leadership, Emotional Intelligence and Gender

Even though women make up over half of the workforce and 60% of bachelor degrees in U.S. and Europe, they are still not making inroads into leadership positions. To further complicate the issue, gender-specific EQ competencies impact the perception of men and women differently.

Understanding the power of perception can dramatically improve your career advancement opportunities. Building on her best-selling book, The Power of Perception: Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and the Gender Divide, Dr. Andrews will address the latest research on these topics and show you how to apply practical strategies to boost your career.

During this interactive presentation, you’ll learn how to:

  • Examine barriers that contribute to the leadership gender gap
  • Identify emotional intelligence attributes and their impact on leadership
  • Leverage gender differences (hard-wired and socialized) which show up every day at work and home
  • Apply knowledge and tactics to improve career advancement


Overcoming Hidden Biases that Hinder Our Success


By now, most of us know that unconscious biases affect the workplace. These hidden, reflexive preferences shape our world views and can profoundly affect how welcoming and open a workplace is to different people and ideas. These predispositions shape the decisions we make by affecting the way we interpret information and how we interact with others—significantly impacting a whole host of organizational processes from recruitment to retention.

At the same time, we are experiencing significant shifts in global demographic trends which impact age, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and LGBT employees. There is no doubt that our workplace is becoming more diverse, which increases the potential for more biases.

During this interactive presentation, you’ll learn how to:

  • Identify different types, causes and impact of bias in the workplace
  • Explore the effect of global demographic shifts on biases
  • Utilize case studies to communicate potential biases
  • Apply individual and organizational strategies to minimize bias


Overcoming Bias and Ageism: Creating a Boomer-Millennial Dream Team

Unconscious biases shape the decisions we make by affecting the way we interpret information and how we interact with others—thus significantly impacting who gets hired. In addition, we have more age diversity in the workforce than ever before and will soon have five generations working side-by-side—which can be a challenge to navigate.

During this interactive presentation, you will learn about unconscious bias (especially ageism) and how it impacts your job search. We will also discuss the strengths of each generation, and how you can create a Boomer-Millennial dream team.

During this interactive presentation, you’ll learn how to:

  • Identify types and causes of bias, especially ageism
  • Explore the impact of D&I trends
  • Leverage the strengths of each generation
  • Create a Boomer-Millennial dream team


Driving D&I: Inclusive Workplace Strategies


As a global society, we are becoming more diverse every day. Today, many companies are striving to be more diverse and inclusive, but are falling short. Why? Because most companies are not doing the right kinds of activities, not doing enough activities, or are only addressing one piece of the issue.

D&I initiatives can be compared to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Diversity awareness starts at the bottom and sets the foundation, then as organization’s progress they move to active diversity management, then eventually evolve to become inclusive at the top of the pyramid. If an organization sets out to be inclusive from the start, then diversity will naturally follow.

During this interactive presentation, you’ll learn how to:

  • Appreciate the difference between diversity and inclusion
  • Explore the impact of global D&I trends
  • Describe the business case for diversity
  • Identify D&I gaps and opportunities in your organization
  • Apply different approaches to develop a diverse and inclusive workplace


EQ and You: Building Success through Emotional Intelligence

Did you know that a leader’s ability to manage emotions and interact successfully with colleagues at all levels of an organization is directly linked to that leader’s ability to achieve the highest performance potential? 

Simply put, Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to perceive and express emotions, understand and reason with emotion, and regulate emotion in self and others.

Research has identified an individual’s EQ as a key aspect and driver of leadership effectiveness. But, it doesn’t just stop at leaders. EQ has been shown to be a key differentiator between good and great performance for both individuals and teams.

A systematic and committed approach is necessary to build emotionally competent organizations. A strategic cycle of assessment, learning, practice, and feedback over time will enable employees to build competencies that can help develop high-performing leaders in the organization.

During this interactive presentation, you’ll learn how to:

  • Examine the importance of EQ in the workplace
  • Explore the impact of EQ on leadership
  • Appreciate differences in EQ and gender
  • Differentiate between teams with high EQ and teams with low EQ
  • Leverage practical strategies to improve EQ competencies


Hiring for EQ:  How to Select and Train Employees with High Emotional Intelligence

Have you ever made a hiring mistake? We all have. Candidates may look great on paper, but once on the job we realize that they lack critical skills that enable them to work effectively with others.

In this presentation, Dr. Shawn Andrews will discuss the importance of key emotional intelligence skills and the bottom-line impact of having talented people with high EQ at all levels of an organization. She will provide the neuroscience behind EQ and teams, behavioral interviewing tips, and tools you can use to select and train for high emotional intelligence.


During this interactive presentation, you’ll learn how to:

  • Identify the most important EQ skills for the job
  • Assess the level of EQ during the interview process
  • Explore the neuroscience and impact that EQ has on teams
  • Apply tips and tools to select employees with high EQ
  • Train employees, hiring managers, HR, and leadership in developing EQ skills