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Trombold Award Winner- Leslie Cunningham

    October 2, 2019

    The Kansas Society for Human Resource Management is pleased to announce Leslie Cunningham, Emporia is the 2019 Trombold Achievement and Kansas HR Professional of the Year awardee ( 

    The Trombold Achievement and Kansas HR Professional of the Year Award was established in 1992 to recognize our state’s Human Resources Professionals who excel within their field and as volunteer leaders with SHRM and their community.  Leslie is currently the President of the Human Resource Professionals Association of Greater Emporia (HRPAGE).  More information about HRPAGE can be found on their website at  Leslie is also known in Emporia for her singing and guitar playing with the local band, The Basement Pickers. 

    The Trombold Award originated to honor George Trombold of Wichita, Kansas. George was a valued executive of Boeing for 37 years. As Vice-President of Human Resources, George exemplified the highest level of professionalism and integrity and was greatly respected by both management and labor. George was also a strong volunteer leader for his professional organization. He was one of the early founders of the American Society for Personnel Administrators (now SHRM). George was dedicated to fostering his profession through actively participating in his local chapter in Wichita as well as the Chairperson for ASPA. In addition, George had a deep sense of civic responsibility and commitment. He understood to make a community strong; its citizens needed to be a dedicated part of it. He served on numerous committee boards throughout his life. He did all of these things, not for self-advancement, but because he knew it was the right thing to do. Sadly George passed away in 2007, but the legacy he left behind is legendary.