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 can also say that (having) mentors through TopFem makes a big difference. The advice and words of my mentor led me to where I wanted to be. As a student or young professional there is (still) a lot you don’t know about. It’s a good thing a mentor can advise you on things and answer questions you can’t answer yourself. I would definitely recommend having a mentor to anyone."

I am TopFem

Suzanne den Engelse Legal Counsel Notarial Law November 19, 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.

"TopFem fulfilled a need I had for a more serious, ambitious network where I had the opportunity to find out what I really wanted and develop my leadership skills."

I Am TopFem

Maaike Riesthuis Co-Founder of TopFem and Board Member 2011-2013 December 14, 2016