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.