• April 2020

Five questions with Vicki Kerkvliet


Vicki Kerkvliet is the Executive Director of Business Resource Network, a nonprofit organization that provides businesses with education and resources to promote the successful employment of persons with disabilities. Vicki is active in the Chamber and Development Foundation, Downtown Rotary, USD Health Advisory Board, South Dakota RehabACTion, Sioux Empire Society for Human Resource Management and more. She was Ms. Wheelchair South Dakota in 1998 and named the Governor's Outstanding Employee with a Disability, 2000. Vicki is engaged to be married on August 1, 2020.

Q: Why does your business choose to be a Chamber member?

A: Business Resource Network is a Chamber member because they offer great networking opportunities to build relationships and share our mission with a broader audience.

Q: What do you think is one of the biggest challenges facing our community today and how should we tackle it?

A: Providing a more accessible, efficient public transportation system is a challenge in our community. I think certain routes need to be expanded and there needs to be more effective use of the existing routes so we are making the most of the money being spent. Effective public transportation leads to more people in the workforce. I know there have been committees to address this in the past, but I have not seen significant changes as a result.

Q: What might someone be surprised to learn about you?

A: I really enjoy traveling and have been to every state in the U.S., Jamaica, Mexico, Canada, Israel and Ireland.

Q: Describe your typical workday.

A: I don't have a typical workday. That is what I love about my job! I might visit a business to give them a Disability Friendly Recognition Program award for employing people with disabilities, provide staff training to a business about communicating with people with various disabilities, and share resources about reasonable accommodations.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have received?

A: Practice being grateful. At the end of each day, think of three things you are thankful for that occurred that day. It helps foster a positive attitude.

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