LPM Magpie Awards: Karen Edwards, Excellence in Partnerships

The LPM “Magpie” Awards offer a means to celebrate industry accomplishments recognizing the loss prevention professionals, teams, solution providers, and law enforcement partners that demonstrate a stellar contribution to the profession. Please join LPM in celebrating the accomplishments of our latest honorees.

Karen Edwards, JD, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs, University of South Carolina

Karen Edwards

“Work hard, be kind, and do the right thing,” said Edwards. “Apply these principles every day and you’ll be amazed at how well things come together. It really is that simple.”

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Edwards began working in retail as a young adult while pursuing her bachelor’s degree. While climbing the career ladder, she moved into an area sales manager position and then into human resources management, eventually becoming a human resources manager, merchandise coordinator, and corporate trainer. She applied for law school with thoughts of moving back into retail at the corporate level upon graduation, but with employee education and training always among her passions, she realized her interests and skills combined with a juris doctor degree made higher education a career option. She currently serves at the University of South Carolina, where the LPQualified course is part of the student curriculum.

“Working in the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management (HRSM) has been an amazing experience, where my background in retail management, HR and training, and law blend together perfectly,” she explained. “In addition to my role as a senior instructor, I have been privileged to serve in a number of additional roles, including faculty mentor, associate director at the Center for Teaching Excellence, and now, interim associate dean of academic programs at the College of HRSM.”  Edwards has also been named to the LP Foundation Board of Directors.

When building a successful career, Edwards also believes it’s important to look beyond ourselves for the answers. “Don’t underestimate the value of volunteerism,” she said. “Whether it’s through your work, community, or favorite charitable organization, volunteering is simply part of doing the right thing. It is personally gratifying and puts you in contact with people you may never have met otherwise.  As a bonus, you will be amazed at how these experiences benefit your career.”