What we do

The CRAVE Company is a mash up of unique events and projects that focus on storytelling and connecting. We love to innovate, re-invent and move forward at all times. As we hear your stories and what matters to you we invent new conversations and environments to have them in. Right now we are passionate about living simply, storytelling, intimacy, friendships, vulnerability, what you CRAVE in all the areas of your life and owning that, and knowing your non-negotiables.


Our offerings include:

  • CRAVEfuel
    Monthly events where we gather to discuss the subject of the month.
  • Urban Campfire
    Our annual signature event. With rising from the ashes speakers, dancing, opportunities to share your own story, and of course s’mores, CRAVErs rave that this is a night like no other.
  • CRAVING Success Retreat
    Join founder Melody Biringer to redesign your life at our intimate retreat. Get to know your cravings even better in different environments around the world.
  • CRAVE your life, own your style
    An immersive six-week experience designed to help you get real clear on what you CRAVE while also getting to know other like-minded CRAVErs.
  • CRAVE Corporate
    Bring our CRAVE your Life, Own your style program to your company for improved self and team awareness.
  • CRAVE membership
    Whether you live in a city we are in or follow us online, you can also get connected by joining our private online experience where we feature our monthly events and capture our incredible Urban Campfires from around the world (we don’t want you to ever miss out!).
  • CRAVE directory
    Get inspired by women-owned businesses around the globe. We love and are inspired daily by women doing cool things and owning their style.


Melody Biringer, CRAVE Founder

From strawberry shortcake to home furnishings to a fitness business, Melody has trotted down virtually every entrepreneurial trail in existence. With 23 business ventures under her belt — a few of them even successful! — you might call her a lifelong “start-up junkie.”  

She started by showcasing female entrepreneurs in the CRAVE Company’s highly popular city guides, but Melody has since grown the company into a vehicle for encouraging women to dig deep, share their stories, and embrace their CRAVED lives.  Her current entrepreneurial love-child is Urban Campfire, a movement to create a different conversation, produced by the CRAVEcompany. This highly anticipated annual event is attended by 1000’s of women across North America.

She has most recently launched a CRAVE Your Life program – designed to help people to get even more specific about what they need in their lives.  Author of CRAVING Success: a startup junkie’s path from passion to profits. Includes 132 tips for ambitious entrepreneurs.

You can follow Melody on Instagram @CRAVEParty and Twitter @MelodyBiringer.

The CRAVE Team



Alison Turner – graphic designer

Alison is a marketing and publication designer in Seattle. She is a passionate critical thinker who enjoys researching interesting things, volunteering, starting radical home-ec projects, dancing, and being outside.


Christine Bissonnette – writer, blogger, and social media coordinator

Christine is a writer, actor and yogi originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, now living in Vancouver, BC. Her favorite place to be is at the beach on a warm day, engrossed in a great book. She also loves running, paradigm-busting coffee dates, and early morning workouts.


Lilla Kovacs – operations manager

As the operations manager, Lilla ensures that everything runs like clockwork. In her limited spare time, she enjoys baking, shoe shopping, traveling, art, Apple products and daydreaming about her hometowns, Arad, Romania and Tel-Aviv, Israel.

CRAVE Amsterdam


Cristina Stoian

As the project manager for her team, Cristina makes sure that everything runs smoothly in the CRAVE Amsterdam division and is in close touch with the American team. With an eye for photography and art, and a love for life, she is trying something new every day. She has been with CRAVE since November 2009.

CRAVE Chicago


Angela Valavanis

Angela is the owner and manager of Creative Coworking, a workspace, meeting space, and art gallery in Downtown Evanston (just north of Chicago). Angela worked as an editor in the textbook industry for almost 15 years before striking out on her own as a freelance writer, editor, and marketing consultant. She opened her coworking business after freelancing from home just long enough to realize she doesn’t like working from home! Angela also volunteers for The Woman’s Club of Evanston and for the literacy organization Literature for All of Us.

CRAVE  Los Angeles


Jan McCarthy

Jan is the Market Director/Franchise Owner for Ladies Who Launch in Los Angeles & Orange County, CA. She is passionate about helping women find support, inspiration, resources and knowledge as they embark on the launch of their dream or the growth of their business.

Jan’s heritage includes a long line of entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators, including a great, great grandmother that was the first woman doctor in Georgia. Inspired by the courage, determination and independence of her ancestors, Jan started on an entrepreneurial path at an early age.

CRAVE Tampa Bay

Christy Schutz

With more than 16 years in the advertising, marketing, corporate/employment communications and special events industries, Christy has a passion for creating and leveraging communications strategies that equip people to build richer, more effective relationships with those they hope to serve.

Christy is also an avid writer, focused on topics like career management, women/moms in the workplace, job search/career transition and office culture. She serves as a regular contributor and blogger on Tampa Bay’s Jobing.com, the online faith-based ministry YourCareerCalling.org, TheWorkAtHomeWoman.com and on her own site, HigherCallingCommunications.com.

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Nancy Vaughn

Nancy  is an entrepreneur and principal, PR & Marketing Director of White Book Agency, a full-service public relations, marketing and special events firm, providing traditional and new media services for fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands, and change agents. She excels at assisting media professionals and clients alike, and is called upon frequently by media outlets and professionals for her PR/business knowledge, coaching and industry connections.