This Year’s Campfire is BIGGER Than Ever
Urban Campfire is a unique and intimate gathering of women, where vulnerability, failure, tears, and laughter are celebrated.
It is our mission is to acquaint you with all the fiery, CRAVEtastic, adventurous, and beautiful parts of who you are. You have to know yourself before you can grow yourself, and at this year’s fire we are going to be doing both.
Take your seat, share your story with other like-minded women, and fill your connection craving over food, wine, and (of course) marshmallows. It is a ‘campfire’ after all.
This year, we’ve asked female thought-leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the country to share a story about a moment in their life when everything changed in a big way. In a TED style talk, they will be sharing these breakthrough stories, plus the most resonant advice they’ve received in their lives so far.
Five hundred women attended the very first Urban Campfire two years ago, and we feel sincerely grateful to the tight-nit and continuously expanding community that has grown out of that formative night.
“The creative spark for the event came from a deep need within myself,” says CRAVE Founder Melody Biringer. “When we gather around the campfire, whether in the woods or a candle at the dinner table, let our hair down and breathe out our real truth, magic happens. Friendships are formed. Sometimes all we need are authentic listeners. Urban Campfire is all about giving permission NOT to have it all together.”
– Melody Biringer, CRAVE founder
We believe that in order to navigate both the breakthroughs and the breakdowns, we need to start getting obsessively specific about what, exactly, we’re working towards.
What do you CRAVE? Instead of an evening, this year’s event will be a day-long extravaganza dedicated towards personal transformation and courage. In mini breakout sessions, you’ll have an opportunity to share the chapters from your life that have already happened, and dream up the chapters in your life that are still to come.
The day’s speakers will be joining the breakout sessions to then help you set up an action plan to move forward in a big way.
Join the CRAVE team and a serendipitous gathering of like-minded women from 1-8:30pm on Sunday, August 16th at Hotel Max for a day you won’t soon forget.
Want more? You can stop by the event location the night before for our Urban Campfire ‘Pre-Funk’, and connect with some of the next day’s speakers and attendees over dancing, s’mores, and some other surprises.
Urban Campfire Pre-Funk
August 15th– 7:30pm
The Night Before
S’mores, Karaoke, and Synchronicity
Our pre-funk is all about bonding over the silly. Come with your ‘inner child’ holding the reigns, and prepare to get ‘warmed up’ in style for our August 16th Main Event.
Urban Campfire Main Event
August 16th – 12:00pm-8:30pm
12:00pm – 1:00pm Register and prepare to be inspired.
1:00pm Melody Biringer kicks off Urban Campfire: By sharing her own story, Melody Biringer invites attendees to get personal. Revealing her own vulnerabilities and desire to be inspired, she spearheads the erasing of barriers that ensures the formation of deep connections. This simple but transformational idea continues to be the trademark of her success.
1:30-2:30pm Guest Speakers – TED Talk style: Kick the “shoulds” to the curb. Throw the five-year plan out the window. Define your own life and own your style. You too can learn how to thrive in challenging times.
2:30 – 3:30pm Breakout Session: Discover your CRAVINGS in Business, Leadership, and Money.
What’s your biggest value? Who empowers you? What skill do you value?
3:30 – 4:30pm Breakout Session: Discover your CRAVINGS in Body, Wellness, and Self-Care
(make sure to bring your walking shoes)
5:30 – 6:30pm Guest Speakers – TED Talk style: Our last group of inspiring speakers take the stage.
6:30 –7:30pm Breakout Session: Discover your CRAVINGS in Creativity
You’ll have a special token to take home from this session (not to mention the fantastic memories).
7:30 –8:30pm Closing Speakers & Dance Party.
We know you’ll want more, so there will be an after party announcement at the end of event (secret location).
> Register for our 6 week Online Program starting in September for our early bird price of $395 and get into Urban Campfire FREE (that’s a savings of $229!!)
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Location: Hotel Max
Artist Loft 620 Stewart Street, Seattle, WA, 98101
A portion of our ticket sales will benefit our partner “The Junior League of Seattle”.
The Junior League of Seattle is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
See what they are all about on their website: jrleagueseattle.org
MELODY BIRINGER ~ CRAVE Founder
From strawberry shortcake to home furnishings to a fitness business, Melody – the author of CRAVING Success: a startup junkies path from passion to profits – has trotted down virtually every entrepreneurial trail in existence. With 23 business ventures under her belt, you might even call her a lifelong “start-up junkie.”
SHERRICE KIRBY ~ Professionally Certified Executive Coach, B.A., Psychology & Addiction Studies, Reiki Master & Teacher, Yogi
Business & Lifestyle Strategist, Best-Selling Author, fabulous wife & mother, dedicated to connecting creators with soulful strategies for their businesses & lives. She is the Creator of Manifesto & Mapping, a live & digital program that moves visionaries to creative strategy. Sherrice is a nature loving, dog walking, horseback riding, fresh food eating goddess of the great life.
SUSAN GIBSON – Founder, Susan Gibson, LLC, and The Susan Gibson Mary Tupper Foundation
I crave transformation! I’m in the transformation business and am all in! Whether I’m transforming myself or others, personal or professional, community or commercial, I WILL change the world!
GENISE DAWSON ~ Executive Support Manager, Mom
Genise Dawson grew up in Seattle by way of California and Arizona. She grew up fast; had two kids before age 25. She has worked at Microsoft as an Executive Support Manager and Assistant over the past 14 years. “I have lived my entire adult life for my kids and family. Now they have grown up and left the nest and now I am living for me.”
Stephanie Anne Johnson is a nationally recognized singer and songwriter from the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. She was highlighted on NBC’s Emmy Award Winning show The Voice in 2013. When she’s not working out in the gym she can be found singing, acting, teaching and mentoring her students. Her weekly blog can be found on her website www.sajmusic.com
SASHA MUIR – Entrepreneur, Executive, and Mum
As the Founder of butter LONDON, Sasha successfully built the company into the most influential, high-design, beauty brands of recent time. She is now focused on building her new company, BEVÉE. As a CEO, mother of 3 young children, angel investor, and female entrepreneur advisor with a full (and fun) family and social life, Sasha knows what it means to push professional and personal boundaries.
HEATHER BLANKINSHIP – founder of MindBodyBeing.com
Heather is a Whole Health Lifestyle Coach passionate about helping people break free from confusion and limitations to finally lead a life they love. She has traveled the world and is a speaker, workshop facilitator and advocate for all things related to human potential, healthy living, healing and spirituality. Just being around her Zen-like nature makes you breathe a little deeper…
BREA STEVENS – advertising maven, artist, and mom
Brea Stevens is figuring out how to live with audacious intent. She’s an advertising maven, a sparkle enthusiast, an art maker, a new mom and a recent Craver. She’s figuring stuff out. Want to talk about it?
As an artist, Cole lives her life out loud and is always creating – everyday in fact. After completing an art degree in college she set about living her life in a creative way – Cole works with families, individuals, churches & businesses to have their stories and values come to life in commissioned works of art.
SOMMER JOY ALBERTSEN – Courageous Self Love Dance Guide
Sommer Joy Albertsen will be awakening the Urban Campfire stage daring you to shine your Courageous Self LOVE through dance!! She is a Nia Brown Belt Teacher, Energy Brilliance Healer, Activist for Social Justice and The Compassion Games International Unicorn. She lives and breaths energizing & inspiring individuals, businesses, teams, and communities into the worlds largest complimentary compassion competition. www.islandjoywellness.com
APRIL WILSON – Vice President at Pacific Capital Resource Group, Inc.
April is the expert eyes for her clients and an advocate for empowerment through education. She heads a Women’s Resource Group that reaches the community through educational seminars and speaking events, educating women on making better financial decisions and understanding areas of financial planning that are relevant to their everyday lives. When April isn’t working she enjoys snow skiing, golfing, boating and biking.
CORDILA JOCHIM – Chief Branding Officer for Agio, branding advisor at www.corhouse.com, and creator of the Oprah approved app Quollective.
Cordila applies brand strategy to pretty much everything on the planet – person, place or thing. Corporate Superwoman by day and Startup Junkie by night. Cor was once an award-winning luxury bag designer (Thickskin), actor and producer. Cor speaks to women in leadership, corporate executives, and fellow start-up junkies on telling and claiming your story through the power of personal branding.
TONI BURBRIDGE ~ Health and Wellness Coach, Artist, and Music Enthusiast
Toni’s true passions lie within her artistry, helping women beyond their issues with food and body image while coaching them towards a healthy lifestyle. She has the ability to see the beauty in others and the world around her. She attended her first Urban Campfire last year, and since then has set an intention to live with 100% authenticity.
ANGELA SHEN – Founder of Savor Seattle Food Tours
A self-proclaimed “food evangelist,” Angela Shen founded Savor Seattle Food Tours in 2007. Her infectious enthusiasm for the Seattle restaurant scene has made Savor a beloved curator of quintessentially Seattle food-tasting experiences. In 2011, Shen was named by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the Top 40 Under 40.
NIVEDITA DESPHPANDE – Lifestyle Coach
Born and raised in India by a strong mom, Niv calls Seattle her home for about a decade now. A Computer Science grad, an Amazon veteran, and most recently led a new product at Seattle rising startup Porch.com as Product Manager. Niv also spends time advising a stealth startup in India. She has interned at Seattle celebrity chef kitchens and shot the past 2 years of Urban Campfire. Watch out for her debuting as a career/ business/lifestyle coach in the coming year and alway count on Niv to listen to your business case pitch and help you rise.
Q: Is the event inside or outside?
A: Urban Campfire will take place inside an artist loft.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Jeans and dresses are both good. Wear comfy shoes (there will be dancing).
Q: Should I go alone or should I go with friends?
A: Come solo or with friends. At Urban Campfire you’ll find a fun, social, and open environment where you’ll be able to connect with women you know and women you don’t in an unguarded way.
Q: What exactly is Urban Campfire?
A: Urban Campfire is an all day event inspired by CRAVE Founder Melody Biringer’s desire to engage women in authentic conversations about business, relationships and life. This isn’t a conference, it’s an ‘urban campfire.’ The event is more about connection, dancing, and change than donning your highest heels. So bring your best smile… and if you want to dance, we recommend you wear something comfortable.
By the end of the day, our goal is to have ignited the spark flickering inside of you in a big way. We promise to delight and inspire with a star-studded line-up of TED Talk style speakers, interactive breakout sessions, and a veritable who’s-who in Seattle and beyond attendee list.
Q: How many people will be there?
A. A few hundred women.
Q: What will I get? What’s the main takeaway for the entrance price?
A. Attendees will walk away with new friends, new ideas, and fresh perspectives. You’ll also be treated to a delicious meal and snacks, S’mores, and a pre-funk karaoke dance party the night before.
Q: What’s the lineup? What can I expect to get from the experience?
A. We’re asking incredible women from around the country to tell us about a moment in their lives when everything changed in a big way. What’s the story that led to their breakthrough, and what came after? In TED-style talks they will be sharing the most resonant advice they’ve received in their lives so far.
Then we will disperse into mini breakout sessions to tell our own stories, and connect over our CRAVINGS and vision for our lives. A facilitator will help get you started if you’re having trouble. You’ll walk away, at the end of the evening, with an action plan and a clear vision that you can use on your own journey towards your next big breakthrough.
Many synchronistic connections have also happened at our events over the last few years. You never know. Come with an open mind.
Q: Is it for business people or stay-at-home moms or college students or all of the above?
A. This event is for all women who are looking to ignite that fire within themselves.
Are you in transition? Have you recently put an end to something (maybe a job or relationship) and are in the process of welcoming something new into your life? Are you having trouble maintaining a healthy work/play balance? Do you feel confused when people ask you ‘what do you love?’ Are you craving a community of people you can connect to on a deeper level?
If any of these sound like you, than you’re exactly the person we’re trying to reach with this event. We believe we can make a real difference in your life. We hope you’ll join us.
If you have any other questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Why Melody created Urban Campfire
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