Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart
Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart, a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is the Small Business Women Entrepreneur owner of Painted Skye Consulting. Tilsen-Brave Heart is an entrepreneurship and economic development specialist, mediator, facilitator, public speaker and trainer. She has a proven long term committed investment in making a positive impact for all Native communities. In addition, she is the co-founder of the South Dakota Indian Business Alliance, as well as President of the Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce.
Kim has an entrepreneurial spirit and utilizes innovative ideas to help native people in impoverished rural communities. She has been highly effective in assisting to create successful entrepreneurs in a regional collaborative of nine Native organizations in the Great Plains Region, and for the past 6 years has helped establish methodology, designing, directing, and facilitating high-level strategies in leadership to impact Native Entrepreneurship and sustainable economic development in Indian Country. Kim has worked passionately on developing a hands on training program utilizing financial education, work force development, customer service and effective communications for Native youth, native artisans, and 1st time native entrepreneurs.
Prior to Painted Skye, she was the director of the SAGE Collaborative (Strengthening and Growing Entrepreneurs) as well as an entrepreneurship specialist at Rural Community Innovations. She has extensive experience in working with Native entrepreneurs to start successful businesses on the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Indian Reservations. In 2008, she served as Mentor Networks Manager and American Dream Team Internship Coordinator for First Nations Oweesta Corporation. Kim is very proud to be a part of the Native American Natural Foods/Tanka Bar Family; entrepreneurship is in the roots of its success. Kim was also selected to be a part of the first cohort of The Bush Foundations Native Nation Rebuilders Fellowship Program in 2010. [Source: The Bush Foundation and LinkedIn]