The AIM of PWN Amsterdam: Grow your potential – connect, share and learn. MISSION: PWN Amsterdam believes in a stronger leadership role for women in business and society. Unlocking the potential of professional women by supporting their leadership development, through connecting, sharing, learning and supporting, is core to everything we do. PWN is unique as a global [...] read more

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PWN Amsterdam AGM June 2014

The Board of PWN Amsterdam enjoy celebrating the achievements of our great network and members each year at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). On June 24th this year, we hosted our AGM at The Rosarium in Amsterdam, celebrated with our members and guests, enjoyed the culinary delights of The Rosarium and were entertained by the great Boom Chicago! They consolidated the best of PWN Amsterdam in a hilarious, high energy performance. The AGM is a true example of the great connection, sharing and inspiration we aim for, and we'd like to share this clip with you...

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‘He came, he organised, he conquered’


We can all liken our lives to a battlefield at times, with a multitude of things fighting for attention. But, according to David Allen, anyone can achieve stress-free productivity by following a simple process when organising our private and work lives.

And as if it were a premonition of the evening ahead, the rain that had been pelting down all day lifted just before the start of last week’s event as if it had been scheduled.

‘Getting things done’, presented by David Allen, was a hugely popular event.  Over 150 women and men came to network and listen to David. He kicked the evening off by refreshingly informing us, that what we were about to hear was not some kind of mystical secret art, but based on simple common sense.

His  is based on 5 simple steps:

  • Capture (collect what has your attention)
  • Clarify (process what it means)
  • Organize (put it where it belongs)
  • Reflect (review frequently)
  • Engage (simply do!)

David broke these steps down in an easy to understand and engaging way, interacting with the audience, dispelling myths and answering specific questions in a Q&A session at the end. It was an inspiring and uplifting start to 2015.

PWN Amsterdam would like to extend thanks to our members and guests for attending and making the evening a success, its volunteers for their work in organising it and to David for an entertaining and educational evening.

We hope to see you all at another event soon.

Photographs courtesy of Rubianca Han Simmelsgaard / www.xllens.nl
All photographs of the evening can be viewed at:
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Negotiations: The Key to Career Success. An RSM Master Class for Women

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Supporting our Women and Money pillar
This is an RSM Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations (ECWO) event

“Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate” John F. Kennedy.

In today’s knowledge economy, negotiation among peers is at the heart of just about every successful endeavor. If you seek to develop your career path and maintain your professional and personal interests you need to be familiar with negotiation tools and techniques that would allow you to leverage your knowledge and strength. This taste-tester workshop is targeted at women who want to negotiate from a position of knowledge and strength while keeping their social relationships intact.

The facilitators are Dr Shira Mor and Prof Dianne Bevelander

This master class is targeted at women who want to negotiate from a position of knowledge and strength while maintaining their social relationships intact.

A separate full-day course will be offered on 31 March 2015. If you are interested, please sign up via this link: http://www.rsm.nl/nfw Contact Karolina van der Werff detailskwerff@rsm.nl

Event Details

Date: Thursday, 19 February 2015
Time: 18.30 – 21.30 hrs
Venue: Burgemeester Oudlaan 50 Bayle Building, 3062 PA Rotterdam

18.30  Registration
19.00  Workshop
20.30  Networking

The standard fee for this event is 30,- euro. PWN Amsterdam members receive a 17.5% discount. Please register here!


A Corporate Entrepreneur – one woman’s journey

The chill evening of Tuesday 25th November was warmed by the mind and spirit of a proactive female entrepreneur, Nikky Hofland. She took us on her a journey through her inspirational career.

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This incredible young Dutch entrepreneur/corporate professional came to share her story with the PWN Amsterdam members and guests. Her proud mom joined the event. She was the turning point in starting Nikky’s internet career at the age of 12.

Nikky amazed us that at her young age (26), she has achieved 2nd place in the Innovation Awards offered by VIVA television, has launched two successful mobile applications and leads a dedicated team of start-up developers in the Samona media group Lab in Amsterdam.

Her recent innovative app Spot and Shop (http://www.spotnshop.nl) hit number one in the android app store! Her career achievements and passion enthusiastically involved the audience, although she might have been the youngest woman at the event.

As the lead person of her team, she is often found in front of the Sanoma Board of Directors, justifying the projects her team is involved in.

Through an evening full of laughs and emotional stories with Nikky’s help, we built a map, a navigation system to a woman’s entrepreneurial success. Regardless of your age and career level you can use this path to the professional achievements:

1. Follow your heart and thoughts; sometimes you need to TRY.

2. Receive the support others TRY to give you.

3. Allow yourself to not know all the answers, just TRY.

4. TRY first what’s available around you.

5. Build a prototype and TRY if it works. If not, TRY again.

6. TRY your best to understand the market you are in, your target or clients.

7. If something doesn’t work, don’t TRY it forever. Let it go and TRY another thing.

8. TRY not to listen to your team!

9. Life and choices are in your hand, TRY your best there.

10. Innovation comes from TRYING.

What makes an entrepreneur is a trying attitude both in corporate environment and in private life. Leaving fears and putting on a TRY mentality is how women should steer their careers. We learned that trying is not about pure intentions but pursuing actions.

If you would like to continue exploring your professional potential and driving yourself towards your goals, join more of the PWN Amsterdam events dedicated to career and personal development. For more information stay tuned with our website and social media.