When faced with adversity and overwhelming odds stacked against you and your business, how do you pivot and reinvent?

Hear how these two entrepreneurs dug deep, got creative and found very unexpected ways to save their business and turn things around.


  • Utilizing your values and culture to create meaningful change
  • Letting go of what was in favor of new possibilities
  • Inspiration on finding the tenacity and fortitude to push through adversity


Panelists Alisha Weiss and Monica Downen

Alisha Weiss is the founder and CEO of Skyhawk Press in Poulsbo. She is an engineer turned entrepreneur. Alisha is passionate about telling stories through products and creative graphic design. For the past decade, her company has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world to create high-performing apparel and merchandise as well as creating from-scratch brands to scale.

Monica Downen is the owner of Monica’s Waterfront Bakery & Café in Old Town Silverdale. She is a law enforcement dispatcher turned chef. Monica is passionate about creating positive experiences for others. Since 2006, her company has nourished the community through engaged relationships. With change all around, Monica believes the ability to adapt, flex, and go with the flow are superpowers everyone can embrace.

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Created by the Kitsap Business Forum, Uplift Kitsap is a free interactive online series fostering strong and resilient business leaders.

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The Vital Connection Between Curiosity and Problem Solving

Innovation is vital in the workplace—from new products and services to new business models and functions. Innovation is fueled by the process of uncovering new ways to do things. Successful businesses are fueled by the hearts and minds of employees, yet most leaders fail to inspire and nurture the curiosity of their people to creatively solve their biggest challenges, that is, to innovate.

How does your company harness its creativity? How will your company uncover new ways to do things? This Kitsap Business Forum will immerse you in the connection between curiosity and growing innovation in your organization. You’ll gain tips and tools on using curiosity to guide innovation and give your company the edge.


  • Greater understanding of how allowing our curious nature can guide exploration of ideas for innovation
  • How to cultivate curiosity in your work and your employees, growing a culture of innovation and engaging the workforce on purpose
  • How to use curiosity to overcome challenges and guide development and of your great ideas for innovation


Kristann Orton

Kristann Orton, Founder and CEO of Inceodia, a boutique strategy consultancy that leads the design, creation and adoption of human-centered operating models built for innovation and growth. Kristann works with organizational leaders to build teams, cultures and solutions laser focused on the customers their business serves.

Kristann believes that infinite possibilities emerge when organizations empower their greatest assets: their employees, partners and customers.  She has lead teams to uncover their ideas for change, launching new technology businesses at Hewlett-Packard, leading cultural change in the federal government, and catalyzing disruption from innovation in higher education and healthcare.

As a design apprentice, Kristann learned the craft of experience design from experts such as Dreamworks Animation, BMW Designworks, IDEO and Frog Design.

Note: Start time is 30 minutes later. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for morning networking. Enjoy coffee and breakfast bites compliments of Port Madison Enterprises/Clearwater Casino Resort. The program starts promptly at 8 a.m. and finishes at 9:30 a.m.

We hope you can make it! Teams are encouraged to attend together.

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