Dr. Shawn Andrews has led numerous training workshops (both as a corporate employee and a consultant) for a wide array of audiences, including human resources, technology, financial, learning and development, talent management, and healthcare. Workshop topics include leadership, emotional intelligence, gender, unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion, and Insights Discovery colors.

Known for her interactive and insightful workshops, participants engage in meaningful dialogue, work through a variety of exercises, and learn how to apply practical strategies to help themselves and their organizations.

Shawn has extensive experience in leadership development training, and years of practical training and teaching experience, including an in-depth knowledge of facilitation skills, adult learning principles, and instructional design principles. This enables her to design workshops and learning events that are interactive, engaging, applicable, and fun. I firmly believe that learning is only cemented once it’s applied to real-life situations.

Most workshops include an assessment or instrument that participants take prior to the event. Each participant then receives a customized report, and we spend part of the workshop analyzing and interpreting their results. Most workshops also include participant materials to support the learning. Workshops are typically half a day (4 hours), but can be longer depending on your organization’s goals and needs.

These are sample topics. Please feel free to contact us if you’d like to schedule a training or discuss a customized workshop.


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 workshop, 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

All these topics will be addressed in the workshop, with a significant amount of time spent on addressing barriers to leadership that are most prominent in your organization. Workshop includes an emotional intelligence assessment for each participant.


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 workshop, 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

This workshop includes customized scenarios or case studies specific to your organization. I will work with your team to develop 2-3 real-world scenarios which we will analyze, address and apply strategies. Workshop includes a personal bias assessment for each participant.


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 workshop, 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

Workshop includes an emotional intelligence assessment for each participant.


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 workshop, 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 workshop, 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


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 workshop, 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

All these topics will be addressed in the workshop, with a significant amount of time spent discussing various approaches to creating an inclusive workplace at the local, state and national levels.


Insights Discovery Colors – Communication Skills

The origins of personality trait theory date back to ancient Greece and Hippocrates. Hippocrates observed four distinct groups of characteristics, which he labeled the ‘four humours’. He determined that once he could identify what type of ‘humour’ a person had, he could predict their likely behavior.

Many researchers have subsequently expanded on this knowledge, and Insights has built on the extensive work of Swiss Psychologist Dr. Carl Jung to develop the Insights Discovery Learning System. 

This system uses four distinct color energies (Fiery Red, Sunshine Yellow, Earth Green, and Cool Blue) which you can apply in your daily life to help you understand why you behave in the way you do, and why other people might behave differently. This training workshop is designed to help you improve your effectiveness as an individual, in teams, in organizations, and in leadership.

I have had the opportunity of participating in other major personality trait-based learning programs (Myers-Briggs, Social Styles, and DiSC) and have found Insights Discovery Colors to be the most practical, applicable and easy to use on a daily basis.

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

  • Recognize differences and identify the unique culture of the team
  • Explore team goals, challenges, communication styles, and values
  • Focus on individual team member strengths (not on weaknesses)
  • Apply practical uses of colors, such as non-verbal communication, interactions, work environment, listening, and emailing
  • Appreciate the team’s color diversity


Workshop will focus on building more cohesive teams, enhancing overall team effectiveness, reinforcing strengths, and learning better ways of communicating with colleagues, business partners and clients. Workshop includes a colors profile and materials for each participant.


Insights Discovery Colors – Team Effectiveness

This workshop focuses on employees in specific teams or departments and will addresses issues and challenges most critical to team success.

This workshop is ideal if you want to:

  • Identify your team’s strengths and challenges
  • Create space for open and honest dialogue within the team
  • Overcome an obstacle that’s holding the team back
  • Develop action plans for continuous improvement

The Insights Team Effectiveness wheel and materials for this workshop are different from the Insights Discovery workshop. The team-oriented wheel focuses on 8 areas – results orientation, shared purpose, agility, collaboration, trust, cohesion, working methods, and measurement. These areas are explored through a variety of exercises and discussion with the group, in a fun and interactive format.


Insights Discovery Colors – Leadership Effectiveness

This workshop focuses on employees in leadership roles, from front-line supervisors to senior executives. It will inspire your leaders to lead with vision, passion and integrity. It offers practical solutions which help leaders really understand their leadership strengths, and how they can leverage those to improve the performance of the entire organization. 

This transformational leadership workshop is ideal if you want to:

  • Develop leadership teams that inspire the people around them to excel, even in challenging times
  • Understand leadership strengths and weaknesses, and plan for higher levels of performance
  • Help your leaders adapt their approach to motivate and inspire within a diverse organization

The Insights Transformational Leadership wheel and materials for this workshop are different from the Insights Discovery workshop. The leadership-oriented wheel focuses on 4 major areas – visionary leadership, relational leadership, centered leadership, and results leadership. These areas are explored through a variety of exercises and discussion with the group, in a fun and interactive format.


Validated Instruments and Expert Analysis

Dr. Andrews has expertise and/or accreditation in the following validated instruments. She uses any one of these, or a combination of instruments and methodologies, for consulting or workshop purposes to help bring awareness of current issues or gaps. These instruments help us identify our patterns, styles, strengths, and limitations, which give us the power of choice and change.


These tools, together with her expert analysis of the administered results, are critical in helping you identify both challenges and opportunities for you and your team, and to understand the drivers behind the issues to strengthen and improve your team’s overall skills.

  • Emotional Intelligence Assessments
      • – Workplace Report
      • – Leadership Report
      • – Group Report
      • – 360 Feedback Report
      • – 360 Leadership Feedback Report
  • Insights Discovery Colors Instrument for Individuals, Teams or Leaders
  • Leadership Assessments
  • Culture Assessments
  • Employee Engagement Surveys
  • Bias Implicit Association Tests
  • Blanchard Situational Leadership for Managers
  • Workplace Big Five Profile
  • Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment