TopFem’s philosophy is based on five core principles: Ambition, Empowerment, Network, Mentorship, and Leadership development.

TopFem is a vibrant network for both master students and young professionals. Our monthly networking events are often combined with workshops, which aim to equip our members with the soft skills frequently missing in today’s university educations. We believe mentors have great added value in personal development, and connect our members to experienced and professional mentors. Leadership development is essential for empowering our next generation of leaders. We endeavour to provide pathways and opportunities for ambitious young women seeking to kick-start their careers.

"I did not hesitate to join TopFem, but I did have my doubts about joining the LP. I was afraid that I would not have enough time for all the assignments and the research-project. However, after the first TopFem meeting I was convinced that the LP was a great opportunity with many advantages and that joining would certainly be worthwhile."

I Am TopFem

Lisa Oostenbrink Participant in the Leadership Programme 2015-2016 and Talent of the Year 2015-2016 December 14, 2016

Our programmes

TopFem members are presented with a unique opportunity to explore the business world, develop their soft and hard skills, and build a network for life. We offer two programmes:

  • The Mentor&Network Programme is centred around our monthly networking events. Furthermore,  you will be linked to a mentor, giving you further personal development and networking opportunities.
  • The Leadership Programme is the greatest opportunity for self-development that TopFem offers. Besides the opportunities of the Mentor&Network Programme and professional leadership training, you will conduct a research project on topics inspired by TopFem's core principles.

"The most important lesson I learnt is that building up and maintaining a network through TopFem enables you to help other people with achieving their goals and give you insights into new opportunities yourself. Through the TopFem network you can find any kind of advice, connection or new challenge."

I Am TopFem

Emma Schutte Lawyer with Houthoff Buruma and Member of the Advisory Board December 14, 2016