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    The Topeka Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management provides opportunities to network and exchange information among members, strives to raise the standards of performance in all areas of human resources, and encourages adherence to The Society for Human Resource Management's Code of Ethics.

    Mission: To serve as a strategic partner to provide professional development opportunities that promote community, organizational and individual achievement for all levels of HR.

    Vision: SHRM Topeka's vision is to be an engaged and innovative SHRM chapter supporting all levels of HR professional through vibrant, relevant and cutting-edge learning opportunities and active community involvement.

    Inclusive Topeka: SHRM Topeka is proud to participate in the Inclusive Topeka initative. We are committed to building a variety of strong and diverse relationships within our community. 


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    SHRM Topeka HR Professional of the Year (Esquibel Award)

    The SHRM Topeka HR Professional of the Year (Esquibel Award) will be presented to an individual who deserves to be recognized for their extraordinary contributions. The award winner is someone that serves as a “go-to” person for guidance, ideas and solutions. They demonstrate a high level of knowledge, exceptional leadership and make others around them better. The winner is known for their generosity with their time and commitment to their community and Topeka SHRM. They demonstrate excellence in advancing the HR Profession.

    Ashley Esquibel was the winner of the inaugural HR Professional of the Year in 2021, and this award is named in her honor. 

    Below are the annual winners of the HR Proessional of the Year (Esquibel Award)!

    2021 - Ashley Esquibel 

    2022 - Kelly Welch

    2023 - Jenae Deters


    Stay tuned for information on nominating an individual for the 2024 HR Professional of the Year!