Our 40 Under 40 Young Women Professionals League

40 Under 40 Young Women Professionals League (YWPL) is a philanthropic initiative for women ages 25-39. The 40 Under 40 YWPL annually honors and recognizes 40 young women who are up-and-coming leaders or who have already demonstrated success in their field.

Demoiselle 2 Femme’s 40 Under 40 Young Women Professionals League (YWPL) engages rising leaders who are making a significant impact in their field. The YWPL’s mission is to build a network of young professional African American women who support the holistic development of girls as future leaders through the conduits of leadership, service, and philanthropy. We select 40 young African American women who are inducted into the League at our annual award ceremony. In just two years, the annual awards event is standing room only and has been featured in Rolling Out and Jet Magazine.


  • To support college retention and completion through seeding a quarterly financial contribution of $40 to the D2F College Connection which provides scholarships, internships, & mentorship to D2F college participants.
  • To attend quarterly meetings and personal development sessions that allow awardees to connect with members and gain access to top industry professionals, “GEMS”, while receiving valuable tips to enhance their business acumen.
  • To host a quarterly “A World of OppHERtunity” Networking Soiree that includes panel discussions addressing other aspiring young professionals.

Coalition on Urban Girls – Chicago (CUG) Quarterly Meeting

The South Side Coalition on Urban Girls (SSCUG) has an exciting new quarterly meeting format!

Our quarterly meetings for 2016 will build upon the five pillars identified in the “Advancing Equity in Women and Girls of Color” released from the White House Office on Women and Girls. It is our aim that attendees will utilize the meeting as an opportunity to learn, make the right connections, and positively impact the lives of girls in Chicago. Our second quarterly meeting will examine Pillar Two:

“Reaching Vulnerable and Striving Girls: Homelessness, Sex Trafficking and Foster Care”

For more information or to register, click here.

Get Powered Up 4 Girls

Our online “POWER UP 4 GIRLS” Donor Campaign runs now through December 31, 2014. Join us as a POWER UP partner and help EMPOWER girls to transition into successful women. For 20 years, D2F has encouraged girls to exercise their power to choose success over failure despite the many obstacles they experience growing up in urban distressed communities.