2017 Most Influential Women, Charlotte NC

May 20, 2017

Lash Group's Karen Rice named to the 2017 50 Most Influential Women in the Charlotte, NC metro region

On May 19, 2017, The Mecklenburg Times hosted the ninth annual "50 Most Influential Women" awards. This event was created to spotlight and recognize the important role women play in the greater Charlotte region, in the economy, and in society. The honorees represent the most influential women in business, government, law, education, and not-for-profit fields. They are selected by a panel of independent business leaders based on professional accomplishments and involvement within the Charlotte region.

Among this year’s recipients is Lash Group’s Karen Rice, Group HR Business Partner, who has been selected for her many accomplishments and for the positive impact she has on her colleagues, her company, and her community!

In her time so far with Lash Group, Karen has a long list of impressive achievements. She has completely transformed the Human Resources department  - building and reorganizing her team to ensure that they are fully prepared to provide support and meet the rapidly increasing needs of an organization that is experiencing tremendous growth and transformation. Within the last year, Lash Group has built new offices and relocated to Fort Mill; we have expanded our business portfolio and workforce; and now we are in the midst of a transformational initiative that will change the way we do business and how associates approach their work. To meet the challenges associated with such change, Karen has led the development of new processes, procedures, and programs to not only attract a highly skilled workforce, but also to retain and continue to develop and engage top talent.

As a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team, Karen contributes on a strategic level in the organization, leading many initiatives that support Lash Group’s new 5-year strategic plan. Karen has gained the respect of Lash Group’s leadership, her team, and all those who know and work with her. Her ability to take on difficult projects and see them through to successful completion speaks volumes about her work ethic and dedication to ensuring the company’s continued success. She leads with integrity and authenticity, and displays a passion for the organization, its people and its purpose.

The organization has benefited not only from Karen’s broader contributions to major company initiatives, but also from the traits that make her an exceptional leader. She embodies our core values of accountability, collaboration, customer focus, innovation, integrity and passion. She is committed to developing others – helping them to improve their abilities and grow their careers. She inspires others, and helps them to reach their true potential. Karen is truly committed to this idea of “working with purpose”. It is reflected in the way that she approaches the many initiatives under her responsibility, and how she manages her team. In fact, in 2016 her team nominated her for the HR Excellence Award – Strategic HR Leadership, given out by The Employers Association. Karen was awarded this honor based on her achievements at Lash Group and prior work experience, as well as for the qualities that make her an exceptional leader. Karen also received recognition by the Charlotte Business Journal in 2017 by being named to the top 25 “Women in Business.”