Children's Museum of South Dakota


Executive Director Kate Treiber Recognized with Pinnacle Player Award

Date: Jan 28, 2019

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota’s Executive Director Kate Treiber was recognized with the Pinnacle Player Award at the 2019 Women in Leadership & Learning (WILL) Power Up Summit on Jan. 9, 2019.

The Pinnacle Player Award is given to someone who serves their community through leadership in business and volunteerism, who inspires growth in others, and who demonstrates drive and innovation.

“I’m truly honored and very humbled by this award,” said Kate upon accepting the award at the Summit sponsored by the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce. “I’m always amazed and so grateful that I get to work in this community and raise a family in this community.”

In the nomination submitted by Kate’s co-workers, Kate was recognized for “inspiring her team to stretch, following their lead in doing their best work.” It continued, “She believes in the transformative power of learning and discovery at any age, providing leadership, guidance, and encouragement to build up others.”

The nomination also praised her listening skills stating, “She is a great sounding board and is always open to allowing playfulness to percolate, even in the midst of the busyness of the workday.” 

Kate is involved in many organizations serving as a board member of the Brookings Public Arts Council, Brookings Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is a committee member of the SD Business Improvement District. She also serves on the East Central CASA board. She also works to push forward the museum within the community. She served on the lead planning committee of the Cultural Competency Learning Institute, a program that helps museums work toward creating a more equitable and inclusive culture.

“You are successful when you surround yourself with good people, and that’s what I’ve done, basically,” Kate said in her speech. “Thanks for making me look good. I’m humbled and honored. Thank you.”