Urspark | Andrea Liebross
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Who is your spark?

That friend who:

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Connects with you effortlessly

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Ignites your creativity, curiosity, great ideas...and your laughter

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Inspires you to be your most amazing self

Our friendships sustain us, hold us up, help us to grow, and bring us joy.

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Ignite

those big ideas bubbling around in the back of your brain

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Foster

a sisterhood of like-minded women to walk with you through this journey

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Encourage

investment in yourself, your friendship, and your future

urspark 2021

Urspark 2021

The URSPARK experience includes group coaching, creative exploration, and space to just be. We could all use more time with the women who believe in our brilliance. So grab your spark and reignite your spirit. Let’s go!

~ Andrea and Michelle

How Michelle and Andrea Became One Another’s Spark

Our story begins...

We bonded while sitting around a conference table in Manhattan in 2016 with a group of 15 other women from around the US. (The photo on the left is on day one!) Our days as Directors of Business Development for W by Worth, a women’s clothing manufacturer, were long. We were the ones asking all the questions. We were the ones shaking our heads thinking, “this doesn’t add up.” But we were also the scrappy ones, who wouldn’t give up.

We had lots of great ideas that we were not afraid to voice, but we had little response or follow-through from corporate, which, to put it lightly, was frustrating.

And that’s how our friendship started.

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our friendship started

Even after we left Worth, we continued to chat pretty much daily and learned that our lives, although separated by many miles, were similar.

We are both Italian. We both have husbands who work a lot. We both have kids who do things that we could not have predicted–good and bad. Our conversations often start with, “you can’t make this shit up.”

Our kids are grown and out (well, that could be debated) and we have the time and brain space to paint the town red. We are free to make those great ideas come alive and create the world we want to live in. We rely on each other to help trigger that inner genius.

The Birth Of URSPARK

We were in Chicago, talking about taking a trip, and the conversation expanded to the amazing things that can be accomplished when friends are together. Women always want to do more to nurture friendships, but rarely make the time, which was what we were doing—strengthening a friendship. Spending time together. Coming up with ideas.

Enjoying ourselves. We started wondering, “How can we collaborate and start our own business? How can we turn the energy and excitement that happens when two good friends are together, supporting one another, into something that helps other women to reconnect with their friends and emboldens them to do things they haven’t been able to do alone?”

Sitting on a bench near the Chicago River, we spotted Santiago Calatrava’s “Constellation” sculpture. Its bright red spiky swirl looked like a giant spark. And that was it. Spark. Your friends are your sparks. All of our ideas coalesced and came into sharp focus: “Let’s do this! Let’s create weekends for women to experience the vitality of friendship and the extraordinary things that happen when you are with your spark.”

URSPARK 2021 is their first collaboration and it is remarkable.

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Michelle is my “spark”—she ignites the fire within me. She is the person who I can pretty much talk with about anything. Who will cheer me on, but also tell me the hard truth that maybe no one else will. She’s the one who fuels my drive to keep doing better, who sparks more “great ideas.”

– Andrea

Andrea is the phone call I never pass up, the trip I find a way to make happen, and the conversation that just flows easily. She is the one who keeps me in check and reminds me there is always a solution. Andrea fuels my drive to keep doing better, and sparks more great ideas.

– Michelle

Register for URSPARK 2021

Hilton Head, November 4th - 6th

retreat highlights
  • Expert coach Andrea Liebross—Business and Life Coach for Women—will guide you and your spark with intentional conversations, bringing your ambitions into focus, helping you create a plan and giving you strategies for nurturing and supporting one another in the future.
  • Abstract artist Michelle Capizzi will help you and your spark find ways to express your spirit, and discover ideas and talents through creative explorations that will inspire your personal and professional growth.
  • A beautiful location and private home on Hilton Head Island in which to relax, recharge, and have fun!
  • Delicious food prepared in-house by a professional chef and Tee Thymes Two Catering.

Thursday 11/4

Arrive after 4pm

Unpack, get familiar with the property, engage in optional Creative Journaling with Michelle

Evening welcome reception and toast with heavy appetizers and wine

Creating Connection with Coach Andrea

Friday 11/5

Breakfast

Superthinking with Andrea

Lunch and time to enjoy the location (pool, beach, bikes, walking paths, etc.)

Afternoon Creative Exploration Part 1 with Michelle

Snack Break

Capacity to Have with Andrea

Late Afternoon Free Time

Dinner followed by Creative Exploration Part 2 with Michelle

Chill and Connect–drinks by the pool, hot tub, surprise fun!

Saturday 11/6

Breakfast Grab & Go and journal together with your Spark

Saying Goodbye to Things that No Longer Serve You with Andrea & Michelle

Free time prior to a Working Lunch – How to Have Time for It All – questions/discussion with Andrea & Michelle

Depart by 3pm

  • You and your Spark and other like-minded friend pairs who are seeking insight, motivation, and a refreshed view on life’s possibilities.
  • Hosts Andrea Liebross, professional coach and Michelle Capizzi, abstract artist.
  • Business and Life Coach Andrea Liebross will guide you and your spark with intentional conversations, bringing your ambitions into focus, helping you create a plan and giving you strategies for nurturing and supporting one another in the future.
  • Abstract artist Michelle Capizzi will help you and your spark find ways to express your spirit, and discover ideas and talents through creative explorations that will inspire your personal and professional growth.
  • Our in-house professional chef

It doesn’t matter! All you need to be is a woman who loves connecting with other woman. That’s it!

Yes! Time to explore, ride bikes, walk the beach, swim in the pool, or just relax is built into the agenda.

  • $3200 per person
  • Includes all food and beverages, accommodations, programming, and a fabulous swag bag!
  • Cost does not include travel expenses
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accommodations
  • Luxury Home on Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Located in the beautiful S. Forest Beach area, custom built home
    You and your Spark will share a bedroom and have your own private bath.
  • 3-story open plan house with an elevator
    Full screened in porch
    Air-conditioning
    Plenty of room to park on property
  • Just a few minutes’ walk to the beach
  • Heated pool, hot tub, and pool deck with plenty of seating

Hilton Head Island Airport is the closest small commercial airport, just a 15 minute drive from our home.

Savannah International Airport is a lovely 1 hour drive from our home.

URSPARK 2021 will supercharge your friendship and your aspirations with thought-provoking conversation; creative, hands-on activities; and a beautiful location to find peace and have fun!

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Register for URSPARK 2021 Now!

We would be honored to have you and your spark join us on this three-day adventure, November 4-6, 2021 in Hilton Head.

Register now to secure your spot. Space is limited.

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After graduating from Dartmouth College and marrying the guy that lived down the hall, Andrea Liebross and her husband packed up the 1980s red Cadillac, left the northeast, and eventually made their way to the midwest city known for the Indianapolis 500. Over the last few decades, Andrea has started 3 successful businesses and ultimately became a certified business and life coach, all while raising two kids, now ages 20 and 17, and several giant puppies. Her goal is to help bold, ambitious women create their own custom secret sauce for success by combining just two ingredients – the right mindset and solid systems. Andrea believes anything, including success on your own terms, can move you from feeling that things are impossible to possible IF you make it all simple, doable and FUN (even the systems).

https://andrealiebross.com/

Michelle Capizzi is a mixed media abstract painter and creative connector. Her paintings ignite conversation. Every piece tells a story, has its own energy, and is deeply layered. She is fascinated by the dialogue among shapes, color, and texture, all interwoven with music. Her studio is located in Great Valley, NY. She is blessed by the sounds and senses of the woods in cattaraugus county.

She’s a girl (sure she’s in her 50’s, but still feels like a girl in the studio) who loves to get messy, dance barefoot, is obsessed with color, and always dreaming in shapes.

Capizzi has a BA in Fine Arts with concentration in Graphic Design from SUNY Fredonia , but found her way back to the canvas after a hiatus spent raising three sons, working as an art director, graphic designer, fashion stylist, and art gallery volunteer. Her past has established a fertile base for exploration and trust in her process.

https://michellecapizzi.com