Mark your calendars! The 4th edition of the Spark Conference will take place on Tuesday, March 27th 2018. Program details will be announced in December 2017 and tickets go on sale in January 2018. This year's conference is hosted by the University of Amsterdam (Nieuwe Achtergracht 170, Amsterdam).
Did you know, businesses who set goals, make plans and commit to achieving them are 65% more likely to reach their goals than businesses who are just working on what needs to be done day to day?
On the 28th of November, we will be hosting a small, dare we say, intimate, goal setting session for business owners who want to get clear, get focused and take action on their business for 2018.
Setting your goals now, means that you hit January 2018 knowing exactly what actions to take to give your business a phenomenal start to the new year.
Emmy McCarthy, will be taking you through the process she uses with her own businesses, and those of her clients to;
Review what worked best in your business during 2017 so that you can continue to build on your success using the things you have already proved to be working.
Establish what your goals are for the coming year (and be confident that you are actually aiming for the right goals to move your business where you truly want it to be)
Break down exactly what actions need to take and when in order to achieve success.
Make sure you have the tools to monitor your progress so that you know how to make smart, informed decisions in your business and keep yourself on track.
This is a day designed for business owners who want to take action in what they are doing. Emmy already ran smaller versions of this workshop at the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. This is what the participants of those workshops had to say:
“For someone who doesn't like planning out goals, Emmy made it very accessible and achievable. The result is I have more clarity going into 2017 and have an action plan in place for the next 90 days. Thanks Emmy. Very valuable experience.” Simone
“What a fantastic way to start the new year! After Emmy's Goal Setter = Goal Getter workshop I feel equipped with a superfocus that will drive my business onwards and upwards through 2017, and the tools I need to repeat the process in future years. I also met some fascinating and inspiring business owners, giving me plenty of new perspectives. Thank you Emmy!” Lucy
“If you want to start the year with clarity and purpose, do this workshop. I left it full of ideas and motivation for the coming year. I can't wait to get started!” Claire
Will you join us as we set our goals for 2018?
How much are tickets?
Tickets are 120 EUR (exc. BTW) per attendee. Invoices will be provided so that you can process this through your accounts. Tickets are not refundable. Early bird tickets are available through Nov. 1st. Early bird tickets are 95 EUR (exc. BTW). To register email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
You may transfer your place to someone else as long as you notify us in advance: Please note, you are responsible for arranging payment with the person you transfer your ticket to.
What do I need to bring with me?
About one week in advance, you will receive a short list of prep work to complete before the session. On the day all you need to do is bring that information with you. Everything else will be provided for you.
What is included in the ticket price?
All materials on the day (including prep work and any follow up notes)
Luxury catering throughout the day, including welcome and lunch.
A private location where you can work on your business instead of in your business for the day with the peer support of other female business owners.
Follow up support via a members only Facebook group for Spark Retreat participants
BONUS: Online accountability and follow up session in January 2018.
I took Emmy’s Goal Setter = Goal Getter workshop in November 2016 / January 2017, is this the same workshop?
Yes… and no… This workshop involves the same science backed methodologies, the same blend of practical theory with live implementation and of course, Emmy is leading it but this is a much more in-depth look at what your business needs and how you are going to achieve the goals you are setting during the retreat. It also includes the bonus follow up session to rocket charge your start to 2018.
Even if you attended a previous workshop you will still get more out of attending this retreat. One participant who attended both of the previous workshops had this to say:
“I actually attended the Goal Setter = Goal Getter workshop TWICE. This is NOT because it was so crap I had to do it again. On the contrary. I loved it so much the first time, that I wanted to experience it again with a different group. We can read blogs, buy planners, do all sorts of things to get these results, but the way Emmy McCarthy facilitates this workshop really works for me. I love the added bonus of the group dynamics. It is amazing what happens when you put a bunch of totally different people/businesses together and start sharing.”
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Feel free to call Hannah at +31 (0)62 641 0786 or email email@example.com with any questions.
Can I update my registration information?
Of course, just e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I get to the venue?
This workshop is hosted at the Spark Retreat location in Loenen aan de Vecht, just 20 min by car from Amsterdam and Utrecht.
3632EP Loenen aan de Vecht
Due to limited parking availability on site of the retreat, we kindly request participants to park their car at the public parking lot from the former Town Hall “ Beek en Hoff’ at Molendijk 34, Loenen aan de Vecht.
As indicated in the map below, you can leave the parking lot through the gate right next to the circular building. From there make a left toward the windmill (Molen de Hoop) it is a 200 meter walk to ‘OSLO’, the site of the retreat on Vreelandseweg 5.
By public transport
There is no railway station in Loenen aan de Vecht. Depending on departing location, there is a bus service into Loenen, either from Breukelen railway station or from Bijlmer railway station.
The nearest bus stop in Loenen aan de Vecht is ‘Loenen dorp’. From there it is a 7 minute walk to Vreelandseweg 5.
We recommend using www.9292ov.nl to determine your schedule using public transport.
Location: Hotel Arena, Park Restaurant & Bar in Amsterdam
Each year around the holiday season, in this case the week of Thanksgiving, we like to get the Spark community together to network, catch up, and enjoy each other's company. Here we'll announce the program and theme for the Spark 2018 conference as well as tell you more about the last Spark Retreat of 2017 - a Goal Setting Workshop on Nov. 28.
Snacks provided by Spark.
Drinks: own costs (pin available), can order and pay directly at the bar.
One of Spark's partners is The Gender Equality Conference 2017 (‘GEC 2017’) which will be conducted in two days from the 21st to the 22nd of November 2017. This event will focus on the gender equalization of the job market within the European Union.
GEC 2017 will be structured by the initial speech of a Keynote speaker of the day, giving a basic introduction to the theme of the day, based on the expertise and interest of the given speaker. This will be followed by at least two workshop activities per day. The ‘workshop activities’ involve smaller groups and are lead by a workshop leader. These smaller group settings hope to create a more intimate environment and thereby encourage greater audience participation. In addition, a moderator will be issued for each day, who is to give the opening remarks of the day along with our Chairwoman and ensure the functioning transition between the activities. GEC 2017 is organized independently under a supervision of European Student Think Tank.
Collaborating with European Student Think Tank
The European Student Think Tank (EST, established 2010) is an international NGO run by students for students, which provides a platform for students to form and share their opinions on all things European. Through our activities we aim to bring the European institutions and students closer together, by encouraging our members to organise events and develop partnerships with influential organisations. The EST is dedicated to progressive ideals and the future of Europe, as well as providing students with opportunities to develop professional skills around their own interests and passions.
Since 2016, we have been campaigning for gender equality in Europe under the name 'Empow(h)er'. The GEC 2017 is the flagship event of this campaign of the 2017-2018 academic year. It follows several successful events held last year by our talented members, including a number at prominent European institutions.
More info here.
A FREE 2 hour content-rich (no selling)event that will teach entrepreneurs how to set goals, prioritize and plan their activities to achieve better results.
Ebere Akadiri, Emmy McCarthy and Amel Derragui delivering the training.
Event registration page; http://ebereakadiri.com/ultimate-goal-achievement-blueprint-webinar/
Executive Dinner with Robert Baker:
Engaging Men to Advance Balanced Leadership
We are pleased to announce our next Executive Dinner Event on October 11th in the prestigious and historic ’Koninklijke Industrieele Groote Club’ in Amsterdam. It will be our honour to welcome members and non-members, women and men to this Women on the Move event.
Men have a critical role in leveling the playing field in gender balanced leadership for organisations, but are often an untapped resource in gender diversity initiatives. Men can be, and are, important partners in educating and moving organisations towards gender balance at the top and thus to more effective business performance. Hence, gender equality can really benefit everyone.
We would like to strongly encourage you to BRING A MAN to the event: a colleague, a friend, your soul-mate or your boss … every man can make a difference!
Our key note speaker Robert Baker is senior partner at Mercer and a champion for gender equality and balanced leadership. Through his fascinating talk he will give us new insights on how to see the workplace through different eyes and how we can build better performing, more sustainable organisations.
Please find his biography in the link below.
Dress: Business Formal
Registration Details: This event is open to members and non-members. Registration is required for all attendees. Click here to register. Fees are non-refundable.
For our non-members: Please note that in order to get acquainted with the network, non-members are able to attend two PWN Amsterdam events as paying guests. For questions concerning membership, please contact Sascha Fogel at email@example.com
Additional Payment Info: For those of you who prefer not to use our current online registration options, here is our bank account information where you can make the payment for the event. Please ensure that you note it is for the ‘Executive Dinner’ event and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to manually register. You will then be placed on our attendee list. Our bank account name and number is: PWN Amsterdam NL64 ABNA 0544802624
Koninklijke Industrieele Groote Club
1012 JS Amsterdam
Member price: €45 per attendee
Non-member price: €60 per attendee
Other details: Please note registration for this event will close October 6th
Thema: 'Durf te Veranderen'
Schrijfsters Susan Smit & Marion Pauw praten over de veranderingen die zij zowel privé als professioneel hebben doorstaan, zoals de crisis die zij beiden doormaakten nadat hun relaties uit gingen - en hoe zij daaruit zijn gekomen. Diana Matroos is onze dagvoorzitter en deelt haar persoonlijke ervaringen.
Farah Nobbe van trainingsbureau Nobbe & Mieras doet een interactieve sessie over durven te falen en online entrepreneur Janneke Niessen vertelt hoe essentieel het is om je in je carrière te blijven ontwikkelen. En onze eigen JAN columnist Carolien Spaans vertelt over ongewenste veranderingen in haar leven. We hebben een prachtig programma samengesteld.
Uiteraard is er uitgebreid de mogelijkheid om te netwerken.
We organiseren het JAN Netwerk Event speciaal voor onze lezeressen en relaties.
Wil je je ook laten inspireren en je netwerk uitbreiden? Kom ook vrijdag 6 oktober!
Wanneer: vrijdag 6 oktober, van 13.00 tot 17.00 uur, netwerkborrel tot 18.30 uur
Waar: Het Sieraad, Postjesweg 1, Amsterdam
Kaarten: De laatste kaarten koop je hier
We hopen je te zien op ons JAN Netwerk Event!
Whether you're about to start your business or you've been in operation for a few years, Spark offers a year-round curriculum, helping you make the practical adjustments necessary to grow your business. Our full-day retreat and follow-up session ensures that you're on the right track to success while connecting to like-minded female business owners.
The Retreat starts off with a full day program at a unique riverside location in Loenen a/d Vecht offering an inspiring environment just 20 min outside Amsterdam. There's a facilitated follow-up session in Amsterdam several weeks later to make sure you're still on track.
This Fall's retreat is focused on Visibility for your business. Workshops will cover marketing, SEO, and social media strategy. Plan to dive deep into these topics. You will receive some preparatory materials prior to the Retreat so that you can hit the ground running on Sept. 26th.
Full-day program: Tuesday, September 26
9:30-10:00 Welcome with cava (or coffee) & cake
10:00-10:45 Workshop #1, Embrace your inner marketeer - Marketing Foundations Workshop with Claudia Schalkx of Bridge2More
11:00-11:45 Workshop #2, Marketing Workshop led by marketing coach for entrepreneurs Stephanie Ward of Firefly Coaching
12:45-13:30 Workshop #3, SEO for Authority Building with Moriam Hassan Balogun
13:45-14:30 Workshop #4, Social Media Marketing Strategy with Geraldine Leroye
14:30-16:00 Boat ride on Vecht River with drinks & bites (in the case of rain drinks will be indoors)
Facilitated follow-up session with Emmy McCarthy: Thursday Nov. 2, 10:00-12:00 in Amsterdam. Location tba.
Cost for the Retreat program: 195 EUR (ex btw). This includes all workshops, meals, entertainment, and goodie bag.
Group size is limited to a max of 10 participants, allowing you to get to know your cohort and exchange skills & expertise.
Catering in Loenen a/d Vecht provided by Natascha van Gellecum
To sign up, email: email@example.com
Questions? Call Hannah at +31 (0) 626410786
Two women who met at SPARK, Leticia Vasquez & Shay Klomp-Beuters have joined forces to bring you the Women's Wellness Retreat. Details available here.
May 21st (Sunday), 12-5pm
Het Groene Leven Lab, The Green Living Lab
Gustav Mahlerlaan 3005
1081 LA Amsterdam
Do you have the right Skills for the FUTURE?
Experts say that some of the hottest jobs of today will be obsolete by 2025. For example, some believe that Lawyers, Accountants, Actuaries, and Consulting Engineers and any other professional mainly involved in dealing with information is going to be replaced by algorithms and the AI. The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs study predicts that 5 million jobs will be lost before 2020 as artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and other socio-economic factors replace the need for human workers. So lets talk about the future. What skills do you need to have? How do you navigate in change? How do you prepare for the Jobs of the future? How do you stay relevant with your company or as a professional in coming years?
In the workshop Entrepreneurship: Skills for Staying ahead in the game we will talk about different aspects of changing landscape of jobs, new ways of working and skills and competences one should have to be able to adapt to the new realities of the workplace.
- We will discuss how technology changes collaboration, context and requirements of most jobs.
- We will discover how the AI already challenge some of the most widespread professions out there.
- We will focus on skills that become very important in the new realities of the workplace.
This workshop is offered by the founder of 361degreesLAB Natalija Counet.
Natalija Counet manages a company that designs practical solutions for the Skills of the Future challenge. With background in creative industries, collaboration, corporate consultancy, learning & development, Natalija has spent years helping people to develop skills for the new reality of the workplace. In her work within 361degreesLAB, she explores the trends and developments, maps the reality of technological and socio-economic disruptions and helps professionals and companies to find best development and learning strategies for coming years.
""The foreseeable future will change dramatically many industries and professions. It is not any more talking about whether change is going to happen, it is about anticipating when, how and what are the new possibilities out there. The development of Skills for the New reality presents a lot of new challenges. It becomes critical for individuals and for business to understand what is already there and anticipate what is coming. This is the only way how you get time to master the right skills before you actually depend on them."
Do you have the skills of the Future? Join to find out! Places are limited, so reserve fast http://bit.ly/2ooMV3m
Spark is more than a conference, its a movement for the female entrepreneurs of Amsterdam and beyond.
This year's theme is Passion, Purpose, Profitability
Pre-conference program is on Monday, March 27, 2017 from 9:00-15:30 at WeWork Metropool, Weesperstraat 61 in Amsterdam. Pre-conference includes 7 speakers who will help you tweak your business model, improve your marketing tactics, and get your business in gear for the future. Attendees will be pre-matched for a breakout lunch with the speaker of their choice.
The open plenaries and keynote take place on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 8:30-16:00 at De Balie in Amsterdam. Keynote speaker will be annouced in February. Attendees can also take advantage of a job market listing freelance jobs, professional headshots, chair massages, and the American Book Center stand with books to better your business + book signing by female entrepreneur authors present at the event.
Attendees can purchase a ticket for the full 2-day program for just 160 EUR. Or seperately:
Pre-conference program @ WeWork, March 27: early bird 75 EUR / regular 80 EUR
Open plenary program @ De Balie, March 28: early bird 90 EUR / regular 95 EUR
Ticket includes; lunch, refreshments (coffee/drinks), Spark goodie bag, access to all sessions, chair massage in vendor area (first come, first serve), eventbrite processing fee, and 21% BTW.
For a list of speakers and more program details visit: sparkwomen.eu
Tickets available here.
Collaboration event between Professional Womens Network (PWN) & Theodora Voutsa Foundation (TVF):
# DareToBeAGirl is an evening where women and men dare to take part to be supported, to be empowered, to be guided, but most of all to be inspired to create change.
In the TEDx ‘style’, invited guest speakers will share facts and personal stories that will enlighten us on matters of leadership, empowerment, equality, human rights and humanism.
Our goals for the symposium are:
- To support the advancement of women, to learn and grow.
- To empower women to propel themselves into leadership roles.
- To create awareness about the position of women today.
- To create calls to action.
Our Keynote Speaker:
Sybilla Dekker, Ambassador, Talent to the Top (Talent naar de Top). We are so pleased that Sybilla has agreed to be our Keynote Speaker. Sybilla is not alone in her quest of having women be an equal part of the decision making voice in the Netherlands. However, she has and continues to be, committed to fostering leadership and empowerment of women and minorities in the labor market and in organizations. Sybilla, we welcome you and so look forward to hearing you share your vision and ideas. Please see Sybilla's bio below.
Our Master of Ceremonies: Allison Hamilton-Rohe, owner of DailyOutfit and a PWN Amsterdam member and one of our Mentoring Leads, has accepted to take on the role of MC for this event. Please see Allison's Bio below.
Guest Presenters: The following guest speakers will share their stories and their inspiration. One word that captures the essence of all these speakers is 'Dare'. These are definitely 'Women on the Move'!
If you scroll to the bottom of this page, you will find a number of bio's for the guest speakers. For information about the other speakers, you can click on their name for their LinkedIn profile.
- Sabine Nӧlke, Ambassador of Canada to the Kingdom of the Netherlands (see Bio below)
- Lin McDevitt-Pugh, Author and environmental/human right’s activist (see Bio below)
- Sheetal Shah, Head of Department Behavioral and Social Sciences Webster University - Leiden (see Bio below)
- Maja Groff, Senior legal officer Permanent Bureau Hague Conference on Private International Law (see Bio below)
- Ghida Ibrahim, Data Scientist/ICT Engineer/Social Entrepreneur (see Bio below)
- Esther Mollema, Thought leader on (gender) diversity in high performance organizations (HPO) (see Bio below)
- Astrid van Heumen, Managing Partner at Corporate Casting (see Bio below)
- Eleni Skarveli, Director for Benelux of the Greek National Organisation of Tourism
- Bea Haring, Partner EY (see Bio below)
- Saskia Maas, Founder Boom Chicago
- Manuela Damant, Founder Open The Door Leadership (see Bio below)
- Emmy McCarthy, Founder Stichting Amsterdam Mamas/McCarthy Consulting
- Corrine Dettmeijer, Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children (see Bio below)
Registration Details: This event is open to members and non-members and men are more than welcome as guests. Registration is required. Members and guests please see the side bar for the symposium fees.
For our non-members:
We are waiving the 2 event maximum for this evening’s symposium. For information regarding membership, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Payment Info:
For those of you who don’t want to use our current online registration options, here is our bank account information where you can make the payment for the event. Please ensure that you note it is for the ‘DTBG’ event and send an email to email@example.com to let Mary Jane know you have registered. She will put you on our attendee list. Our bank account name and number is: PWN Amsterdam NL64 ABNA 0544802624
LLOYDHotel & Cultural Embassy
Oostelijke Handelskade 34, 1019 BN
€25 per attendee
€35 per attendee
361degreesLab is hosting a workshop to help you discover what the first steps are for finding your new direction. Here you'll be provided with practical tools for translating these abstract concepts into actions thanks to internationally renowned speaker Paul Hughes through his Ten Meters of Thinking technique.
Learning Lunch Break: Using your mobile phone's camera for business
Join professional photographer Emilio Brizzi for a practical and informative workshop on how to best (or best NOT) use your mobile phone's camera for business. Emilio shares his tips and tricks in the form of a presentation. Enjoy refreshments among like-minded entrepreneurs for an hour of learning. If you'd like to stay for a simple lunch during the Q&A please bring 10 EUR cash OR simply purchase the workshop + lunch ticket.
When: Tues, Nov. 15, 11:00-12:00 pm with additional half hour for lunch Q&A 12:00-12:30
Where: Amsterdam Academy, Nieuwe Kerkstraat 11-hs, 1018 DW in Amsterdam
Cost: 15 EUR excl BTW + 10 EUR for lunch.
There is paid street parking (4 Eur/hour). Amsterdam Academy is conveniently located between the Weesperstraat and Waterlooplein metro/tram stops.
Spark / CRAVE co-nnect with Melody Biringer
see description from Oct. 25 for details
Join experienced radio host Jonathan Groubert for an incredibly hands on and useful podcast course at The Academy, Nieuwe Kerkstraat 11-hs in Amsterdam from 7:00-10:00 pm. To register please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Price: 200 EUR total for 2 sessions
USING VIDEO TO GET CLIENTS FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Moriam is a entrepreneur and recently author, with a passion for all things digital. In 2010, Moriam founded the Planetfem Network of 25 international sites focussed on women's interest subjects. Planetfem reaches millions of women monthly, world-wide. The growth of Planetfem lead to a curiosity of how women in particular, could be brought together via the world-wide-web to further develop personally and professional and inspired Moriam to set up other digitally based projects and concepts that would achieve this.
Visualize yourself... Spending an afternoon solely dedicated to YOU, along with other marvellous like-minded women -being inspired by the best health and wellness experts in Amsterdam.
During this extraordinary afternoon, you will
* Learn what foods truly nourish your body, mind and soul
* Discover how to keep your body in optimum health
* Learn how to become more mindful in creating more love and passion in your relationships
* Discover the mindset needed for creating beauty inside & out
* Learn how to PRIORITIZE YOU!
Join us for an afternoon of health-focused inspiration + empowerment + rejuvenation.
Tickets are € 34 per person. Tickets are confirmed when purchased through the Facebook Event below.
The retreat will be held in English.
6 WORKSHOPS, 9TH OCTOBER
It's going to be like playing a game
Our mission is to connect mothers and daughters by bringing them together
for a safe and empowering day, learning about their bodies, self-image, and how to communicate better.
We offer you an amazing Mother/daughter day an event where we will make it possible for you to become aware of your teen - and your teen on herself. The day will be a fun day of learning about health, beauty, self & body-image and style.
Profits go to Malala
Find out more and buy your tickets: http://motherdaughterday.com/
Back to school also means back to work. What types of businesses do you want to collaborate with between now and the end of this year? This event is meant to put you in touch with these businesses. We have therefore added questions to the RSVP for this event to help facilitate this process and put you in touch with businesses and mentors that can help you - people you should meet. Come join us for drinks and good conversation. Collaboration is the key to success!