European Women Payments Network - Amsterdam 2018 by EWPN
to Oct 16

European Women Payments Network - Amsterdam 2018 by EWPN

After a very successful Inaugural event in 2017, EWPN will be back again in Amsterdam at the KIT Royal Tropical Institute (Tropen Museum). This time EWPN will be hosting the 2nd Annual Conference & Awards on 15th- 16th October 2018. This is the only Pan- European Conference specifically focused on women working in FinTech & Payments. The conference brings together women from all over Europe for a full day event. The conference will feature interactive panels, deep-dive workshops, and plenary sessions with industry female leaders.

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Rise & Lead Summit
9:00 AM09:00

Rise & Lead Summit

The Rise and Lead Women Summit provides an opportunity for female entrepreneurs, founders, professionals, business executives, independent consultants and change-makers to connect, learn new skills and share knowledge with female luminaries, industry leaders, and mentors. The rise and Lead women summit was borne out of the need to see more women take the lead in the workplace and marketplace and close the gender gap.

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Spark Networking Event at Wittenberg
10:00 AM10:00

Spark Networking Event at Wittenberg

Join us for a special Spark networking event hosted at The Wittenberg in Amsterdam. This event is free for Spark Members. Admission to event is 20 EUR ex btw or you can become a Spark member today (45 EUR) and attend the event for free! Program includes a panel discussion moderated by Spark's founder Hannah Huber where 3 Spark women share their experience starting a business in the Netherlands. Panelists include; Tara Michael of Global Players, Jennifer van Dijk of Van Dijk Accounting, and a surprise guest. Learn about practical items and tips surrounding starting a business. This event is also open to Wittenberg residents.

Coffee, tea, flavoured water and light snacks are provided by Wittenberg as well as optional tour of their facilities.

Register/RSVP here.

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7:30 PM19:30

Spark Networking Dinner @ De Balie

Come join like-minded female entrepreneurs just 3 weeks after the Spark conference to check back in with each other and your business. Guests will be received in the warm atmosphere of De Balie's entresol area which we've reserved for the evening. Guest will also enjoy facilitated networking.

- Main course: Choose between a meat or vegetarian dish 

- Dessert: choose between appeltaart, cheesecake, lemon merengue 

- 2 drinks during dinner (house wine, beer, fris, coffee, tea)

Cost: Spark member price 34 EUR pp ex btw // Regular 40 EUR pp ex btw

When: Tuesday, April 17th, 19:30-21:30 (or later, bar is open until 1am....)

Where: De Balie Entresol, 

Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10

1017 RR Amsterdam


Public transport stop Leidseplein:

Tram 1, 2, 5, 7 en 10

Nightbus 351, 352, 353, 354, 356 en 358

Questions? Call Hannah at +31 (0)6 26410786 during regular business hours or  email:

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Spark 2018 Conference
9:30 AM09:30

Spark 2018 Conference

Mark your calendars! The 4th edition of the Spark Conference will take place on Tuesday, March 27th 2018. This year's conference is hosted by the University of Amsterdam (Nieuwe Achtergracht 170, Amsterdam) and the theme is The Next Step. Hope you can join us for a day full of inspirational talks, skill-set building breakout sessions, panel discussion, and networking.

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6:00 PM18:00

SeeMe Pro Networking Event for Businesswomen & Entrepreneurs

Caterina Occhio has founded and grown into quite something in the fashion world. She products sell all over the world, but the sell mainly because of the story behind it. The money generated funds jobs and training for women coming away from abusive relationships to give them dignity and independence.

A link to her story is here :

The Facebook event:

Drinks and nibbles will be provided and a pro photographer with a mini studio will take photos of attendees that might like to share the story with their friends.

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Women Funding Women - Amsterdam
5:30 PM17:30

Women Funding Women - Amsterdam


Women Funding Women - Amsterdam

When: Tuesday, February 13

Time:  5:30 pm – 9 pm

Where:  B. Amsterdam - B1,

Johan Huizingalaan 763A,

1066 HV, Amsterdam

RSVP & Information:

About Women Funding Women :  A new event series sponsored by Dell,  its Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN)  and Springboard Enterprises hosted in selected cities across the globe - Brooklyn, Toronto, Amsterdam, Paris, Austin, Sydney, and Tokyo - t o promote investments by and investments in women-led businesses.  Our efforts foster a global community that supports and invests in women by promoting investment opportunities and encouraging collaboration. The session features first person insights from an investor and an entrepreneur who have successfully transacted an equity investment, followed by presentations from four growth stage entrepreneurs accompanied by crowd-sourced audience comments and connections. A reception to encourage connections caps the evening.

About Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN): Dell Technologies has the mission to empower entrepreneurs in the new world of digital transformation with the best technologies from day one to disruption. Dell Technologies partners with our top customers to advocate for entrepreneurs globally and provide the world’s best ecosystems and technology for growth. Through the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network, Dell is connecting female entrepreneurs across the globe with networks, sources of capital, knowledge and technology, giving them the power to do more.

About Springboard Enterprises: Springboard accelerates the growth of entrepreneurial companies led by women through access to essential resources and a global community of experts. It is the leading network of influencers, investors and innovators dedicated to building high-growth companies led by women. Since 2000, 685 Springboard portfolio companies seeking investment of financial and human capital for product development and expansion have raised $7.9 billion, created tens of thousands of new jobs, and generate billions of dollars in annual revenues. Over 80% of Springboard companies are growing as independent or merged entities, including 15 IPOs and many that are the innovative engines within publicly traded companies.



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Goal Setting Workshop with Emmy McCarthy
9:30 AM09:30

Goal Setting Workshop with Emmy McCarthy

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


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Spark Holiday Reception
8:00 PM20:00

Spark Holiday Reception

  • Hotel Arena, Park Restaurant & Bar (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Gender Equality Conference 2017
to Nov 22

Gender Equality Conference 2017

  • 113 Weesperstraat Amsterdam, NH, 1018 VN Netherlands (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Ultimate Goal Achievement Blueprint: How To Turn Your Desires Into Reality
7:00 PM19:00

Ultimate Goal Achievement Blueprint: How To Turn Your Desires Into Reality

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;

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PWN Amsterdam: Executive Dinner with Robert Baker
9:30 PM21:30

PWN Amsterdam: Executive Dinner with Robert Baker

  • 27 Dam Amsterdam, NH, 1012 JS Netherlands (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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 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
Dam 27
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


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JAN Magazine Netwerk Event - Durf je te veranderen
1:00 PM13:00

JAN Magazine Netwerk Event - Durf je te veranderen

  • 1 Postjesweg Amsterdam, NH, 1057 DT Netherlands (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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!


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9:30 AM09:30

The Retreat - Visibility for your Business

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

12:00-12:45 Lunch

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)

16:00-16:30 Closing/departure

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:

Questions? Call Hannah at +31 (0) 626410786

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4:00 PM16:00

Entrepreneurship: Skills for staying ahead in the game

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

p.s. If you are interested to stay updated about Skills of the Future, here is the way you can do it on Facebook or Linkedin

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Spark Conference (3rd ed) Passion, Purpose, Profitability - March 27-28
to Mar 28

Spark Conference (3rd ed) Passion, Purpose, Profitability - March 27-28

  • WeWork Metropool (27 mar) & De Balie (28 mar) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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:

Tickets available here.

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Dare To Te a Girl Symposium
5:30 PM17:30

Dare To Te a Girl Symposium

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

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 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

Member price

€25 per attendee

Non-member price

€35 per attendee


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Learning Lunch Break: Using your mobile phone's camera for business
11:00 AM11:00

Learning Lunch Break: Using your mobile phone's camera for business

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.

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