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.

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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 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.

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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.” Her current entrepreneurial love-child is Urban Campfire, a movement to create a different conversation, produced by the CRAVEcompany. CRAVE connects savvy business women through networking events, symposiums and a series of smash-hit city guides. She’s always scouting for the next crop of start-up superstars, solopreneurs and socially-conscious capitalists. Author of CRAVING Success: a startup junkie’s path from passion to profits. Includes 132 tips for ambitious entrepreneurs.

Twitter: @MelodyBiringer

The CRAVE Team

CRAVE HQ

Alison

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

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

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

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 Austin

“Andrea"

Andrea Genevieve Michnik

Andrea is a blogger, speaker, podcaster, maker and social media/business strategist based in Austin, TX. For the last three years she has been active in the corporate digital marketing scene and now making a switch to the entrepreneurial arena. Someday she hopes to change the world and motivate other women to find what really matters in life.

Previously Andrea taught PR and Digital Media Marketing at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX and New Media at The George Washington University in Washington,DC. She has worked in online marketing for organizations such as: The Smithsonian Channel, Rackspace, Lending Tree and the Texas Conference For Women.

When she isn’t sewing or crafting new items for her Etsy shop Stitch Happy Boutique, Andrea loves to travel, soak up the sunshine outdoors with her one year old son and enjoys good food, wine and beer. She is a recent graduate of the 2013 Leadership Austin Emerge program.

CRAVE Chicago

“Angela"

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.

“Christine"

Christine Mortenson

Christine created Sprk’d Online Marketing and Design in order to help startups and small businesses grow by creating content and marketing that doesn’t suck. By combining the learnings of User Experience Design with the principals of Visual Design, she leads the Sprk’d team to create content that drives conversions. No matter the industry, she believes quality content relevant to user needs (i.e., your potential customers) is not only achievable but fun too. When she’s not busy writing about herself in the third person she can be found trying out new Paleo recipes, playing volleyball, or writing reviews of Chicago’s Bloody Mary’s (but don’t tell the Paleo Police).


CRAVE Los Angeles

Jan

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.

As co-leader of the CRAVE Tampa Bay project, Christy is thrilled to help showcase Tampa Bay’s most successful and inspiring female business owners.

Nancy Vaughn

Nancy is an entrepreness and principal of White Book Agency, a public relations, marketing and special events firm. Nancy leads the development of publicity and communication campaigns that improve the visibility of businesses and entrepreneurs across the country. She actively maintains her freelance writing portfolio and is the Innovation News Editor for the new economy publication, 83 Degrees Media.

Nancy is active in the Tampa Bay community, serving on several boards and is particularly interested in issues surrounding diversity, culture, global sustainability, fashion and beauty. She is excited to be a co-city leader of CRAVE Tampa Bay and provide exposure to some of the Bay region’s savviest, entrepreneurial women.