About The League

The 40 Under 40 Young Women Professionals League is a philanthropic initiative for women ages 25-40 developed to honor and recognize young women who are rising leaders making an impact in their field. Our mission is to build a network of young professional women who support the holistic development of future leaders through the conduits of leadership development, service, philanthropy, and sisterhood.

40 Under 40 YWPL Award Ceremony

Our annual award ceremony serves as the official induction into our Young Women Professionals League (YWPL).  Each year we select 40 African American women leaders who are blazing trails in their industry and community. In just three years, the annual awards event is standing room only and has been featured in Rolling Out, Jet Magazine, N’Digo Magapaper, and Chicago Citizen Newspaper.

The 40 Under 40 YWPL Award is pivotal because not only is it an honor but it is also a call-to-action to build the capacity of young women ages 18 -24 currently seeking workforce development training or pursuing post-secondary degrees who are often first generation college students. YWPL Members assist with providing scholarships, care packages, training, and other resources to support the educational and economic equity of the next generation of young women leaders.

Ready to Nominate?

NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN – The Young Women Professionals League’s 40 Under 40 Awards! Do you know a dynamic, accomplished woman under the age of 40? Then today nominate a deserving individual for a 40 Under 40 Award. Stand up and be counted. Click here for more information.