9:30am 9:30am

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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8:00pm 8:00pm

Spark Holiday Borrel

Location in Amsterdam - tba closer to the date.

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.

Snacks provided by Spark.

Drinks: cash bar (pin available).

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Spark 2018 Conference
9:30am 9:30am

Spark 2018 Conference

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).

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4:00pm 4:00pm

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
5:30pm 5:30pm

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

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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The Power of Video: How to use video to get more clients & business, Moriam from Planetfem

The Power of Video: How to use video to get more clients & business, Moriam from Planetfem


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.



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Women's Wellness Afternoon Retreat

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.

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Mother Daughter Day

  • 255 Herengracht Amsterdam, NH, 1016 BJ Netherlands (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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:

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7:30pm 7:30pm

Spark Facilitated Collaboration Drinks

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!

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