Shawn Spann Edwards is the Chief Diversity Officer for The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and is responsible for the diversity, inclusion and equity efforts and programs for the institution. Additionally, Shawn serves as adjunct faculty at The Citadel, Trident Technical College and the College of Charleston.
Shawn earned an MBA with a Human Resource Management concentration and a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning from Walden University, a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Webster University and an Associate of Arts in Fashion Merchandising from Bauder College.
Shawn currently serves as a board member for the SC Society for Human Resource Management (SC SHRM), the YWCA of Greater Charleston, Palmetto Warrior Connection and is a member of the Diversity Council for the SC Chamber of Commerce. She holds the designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute and is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). Ms. Edwards is a mentor to many, has served as a volunteer for several organizations in the Charleston area and has facilitated conversations at various schools, career fairs and organizations on a variety of topics.
Shawn was awarded the Innovator Under 35 Award by the Bethune-Leonard Section of the National Council of Negro Women Inc. and was Webster University Charleston Campus 2009 Student of the Year and the 2010 Young Alumni of the Year. She was inducted into the National Honor Society for Business Schools Delta Mu Delta (DMD) and served as the inaugural Vice President of the Charleston Chapter on Webster University’s campus. Shawn is a certified trainer with certifications in Polarity Thinking, BRIDGES to Success and DISC. Shawn is a facilitator for the Charleston Illumination Project, a 2013 fellow of Furman University’s Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative, was recognized as one of the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s 2015 Forty Under 40, is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Charleston and a 2016 graduate of Leadership South Carolina.
Shawn is originally from Jersey City, NJ resides in Charleston, SC. with her husband Derrick J. Edwards where they have five children and one grandchild.