Cause & Affect Speeches

Tara Phillips

What Cause & Affect Speeches can do for you and your business:

Anyone can become a good public speaker.  You have the desire and the drive to improve and I have the insight, skills and tools to help you make that happen.

Public speaking should be genuine and authentic in order to engage and connect with the audience. I will encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, because after all, that’s where the magic usually happens. Your presentations will get to the heart of the matter; will be convincing, inspiring and compelling.

Perhaps you are worried about nerves getting the better of you? Through exercises, practice and coaching we will channel your nerves into power. Harness them to strengthen your speech, not diminish it.

Oh, and just because it’s serious work, that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun on the way!

All Spark speakers receive a professional training session from Tara before the event.

Emilio Brizzi Photography

Emilio Brizzi is a local photographer with years of experience both in the corporate world but also in portrait photography and landscapes. His photographs appear in several books including National Geographic's book on Amsterdam and most recently Kopstoot a project focusing on the brown cafes of Amsterdam.

We're pleased to have Emilio as Spark's in-house photographer documenting our event at De Balie on March 28.

Rudi Wells Fotografie

It’s simple, your professional identity matters, and Rudi Wells Fotografie will help you create a great first impression with lasting images for your business and business identity.

Whether you need a new set of head-shots for linkedin, a kick ass set of images for your website, or company-wide photos for internal and web/print use, let me know and let me exceed your expectations. Shoots are available with or without a hair and makeup professional. Feel free to browse the images on this page.

Rudi Wells is available on March 28 at de Balie to take your professional headshot for a reduced rate.

De Fohnbar

Life is too short for boring hair

Wij geloven dat iedereen, zelfs een professional, liever wil dat iemand anders haar haar doet. Waarom? Het zit gewoon beter! Wij geloven ook dat er een betere optie moet zijn dan heel veel geld betalen bij een traditionele kapper waar je tevens weken van tevoren een afspraak moet maken, of naar een goedkope salon gaan met teleurstellend resultaat. Dus hebben wij besloten om die betere optie te creëren!    

Emmy McCarthy Consulting

Emmy McCarthy Consulting

I'm Emmy.

I'm a community builder, mama, writer, micro business advocate, crochet junkie, speaker, curiosity seeker and...I fold paper cranes.

Legend has it that if you fold 1,000 paper cranes it will bring luck and prosperity. 

I work with small business owners, just like you, who can’t figure out the next steps you need to take in order to grow your businesses to where you want it to be. 

We work together to get clear, get focused and take action; so that you can build the business you want and provide exactly what your clients need. 

You bring your businesses to me and together we carefully fold and crease and learn until at the end there is a beautiful paper crane of a business, ready to soar.

Why do I do what I do? 

Because I believe that together is better than alone. I believe that small business owners deserve support to build the skills they need in order to grow businesses they dream of having.

Because I have been there, building a successful business of my own. It was hard, often it was lonely and I knew it didn't have to be that way. 

But mostly, because I want to see you succeed. I want to help your business soar. 

And what about you? 

What if you could let go of everything that has been holding you back so that you use your skills and knowledge to build a community and a business which serves your clients better than ever before? 

Spoiler: You can.

If we decide to work together I promise, 

  • There will be hand holding.
  • There will be tough love.
  • There might be tears (I'll bring tissues).
  • There will be cheering.
  • There will be progress.

You'll know we are the right fit if...

  • You're tired of spending your days managing your business and know that it is time to get focused so that you can lead it into the next phase.
  • You're ready to dig in and do the work to make the changes that will need to be made.
  • You know you have something unique to share with the world and you are ready to make the impact (and the income) you've been waiting for.

If you are a micro-business owner who is ready to  get clear, get focused and take action then I want to work with you.

Total Self

Total Self founder Saron van Diemen is trained in personal fitness and trained as a life coach. But it wasn’t until she brought all her training together that she saw an acceleration in her well being far beyond what she had been able to achieve before.  She was so excited by this that she started to use it with her clients and together they got incredible results.


NO cookie cutter one size fits all routines (in fact, probably not the same routine twice)

NO quick fix solutions that you give up on after you’ve achieved your goal. We’re making lasting changes here, habits for life.

NO ignoring the importance of the connection between your mind and your body to get what you want. We’re going to bring you into perfect balance and we’ll be equipping you with the tools you need so that you can achieve it over and over again, whenever you need to.


-20 years of fitness industry experience, including 7 years of postpartum and pregnancy fitness

-Certified Solution Focused Coach

-B.A. in Social Sciences

-FMS Level 1 Certified

Amsterdam Academy


Amsterdam Academy

The Knowledge-Sharing Platform for the International Community of Amsterdam
Amsterdam Academy offers a cultural and intellectual platform connecting expats with locals through panel discussions, workshops, and seminars in a variety of fields. Spark is an Amsterdam Academy event. Other activities include the Amsterdam Academy's podcast, Academy's coworking space for female entrepreneurs and putting together customized programs for groups of US college students who come to Amsterdam as part of their coursework.

Juice by Nature


A healthy sanctuary in the middle of sparkling Amsterdam, Juice by Nature serves fresh cold pressed juices, locally roasted coffee, guilt-free treats and a gorgeous selection of energy-boosting foods. Founded by Ailsa Taylor and Paula Cathersides, two friends who love to travel, eat well and enjoy life to the fullest, Juice by Nature makes healthy food delicious, fresh and fun. Whether you’re a local or a visitor to our quirky, cozy, wonderfully vibrant city, pop into our beautiful cafe oasis and treat yourself to health.

Juice by Nature is providing delicious fresh cold pressed juice at March 27th's lunch at WeWork