Ariel Shivers-McGrew

Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Adjunct Professor

Education: MA

Industry Expertise: business psychology

Research Interest: dark triad traits and female leadership, workplace incivility, and professional identity


Published author, certified counselor, mental health advocate, entrepreneur and military reservist, Ariel Shivers-McGrew possesses the ability to show up with authenticity, vulnerability, and courage. Her unrelenting passion and commitment to empower others to drive important social initiatives forward with agility and focus makes her a sought-after leader in many arenas. As the founder of Tactful Disruption®, Shivers-McGrew is a scholarly practitioner who is on a mission to “boldly edit workplace italics.” Shivers-McGrew is a PhD candidate in business psychology and holds an MA in clinical mental health counseling. She is also a licensed professional counselor, a qualified mental health professional, and certified nonprofit professional. She is certified in workforce trends and equity, and nonprofit leadership, nonprofit leadership alliance ™, GrowthWheel advisor, GrowthWheel Inc©, high-impact presenter, Gale Carnegie®, certified peer specialist, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance ™, Mental Health and First Aid, Mental Health FirstAid England™.