The female factor is an international community for female shapers, empowering them to unlock their full potential through tailor-made experiences. Our services include a global mentoring program, knowledge-driven masterclasses and impactful events. 

We believe in women shaping and leading our world by embracing their innately “feminine” power. We believe that female factors like empathy, intuition and optimism work towards the benefit of every company. We believe women are not only key to leveraging a company’s full potential but also essential to move our global economy forward. We believe in diversity as a key factor of innovation and growth. We believe in mutual support and the power of community.

How the fu*k did we get here?

As female entrepreneurs, we both discovered the power of community and mentorship early on. Creating business opportunities through a network of female founders made us realize that we want to empower more women on a global scale. Because we truly believe, that we rise by lifting others.

Being connected (and even better: being friends) with driven women all over the world with the same go-getter mentality that inspires and empowers each other, has always been on our vision boards.


That’s why we founded the female factor in 2019. 

An online and offline circle in over 15 countries that connects ambitious women with mentors, skills, brands and professionals to unlock their full potential and lead them to their goals.

meet our kickass team.

Tanja Sternbauer

co-founder & head of community

Tanja is co-founder of the female factor, being mainly responsible for the community, marketing & branding.

Florian Braeuer

head of product

Flo is responsible for realizing our tech product and also supports in all topics around funding.

Ioana Varga

content marketing lead

Ioana ensures that our message comes across the right way on all our channels.

Alexandra Nitz

members experience intern

Alexandra is supporting our team in all member-related projects and beyond.

Veronica Sclauzero

mentoring intern

Veronica makes sure our mentoring summer series is a success for all mentees and mentors.

Kasia Potocka

event support

Kasia is ensuring a smooth masterclass process and happy participants.

Mahdis Gharaei

co-founder & head of partnerships

As a co-founder of the female factor, Mahdis is responsible for partnerships and connecting companies with female talents.

Lisa Ambros

key account lead

Lisa makes sure that our all partner organizations are happy and presented in the best light possible.

Louise Gelling

mentoring lead

Louise is handling all mentoring relations, being the first contact point for mentors and mentees alike.

Sophie Stiglmayer

digital marketing support

Sophie is supporting in all things digital marketing reaching more female leaders.

Brunna Pimentel

community lead

Brunna is supporting our team in all marketing-related fields, leading the community and our blog.

Katherine Suchodolska

social media support

Katherine captures the best moments of our events on instagram.

Astrid Bonk

member experience lead

Astrid is our member happiness offer, being the first contact point and problem solver of all our member request and beyond.

Vera Grablechner

digital marketing lead

Vera's area is everything related to digital marketing at the female factor.

Izabela Baša Perša

conference lead

Izabela is the brain and the power behind our limitless conference series.

Paulina Kania

community partnership lead

Paulina's is taking care of all community partnerships across the globe.

Ana Maria Lup

event intern

Ana is supporting our events team in providing the best service for our participants.

Hi, this is us. 

We are Mahdis & Tanja, the co-founders of the female factor.

Reach out to Tanja for everything related to community, mentoring, our membership & if you would like to apply for a job.


Mahdis is eager to talk to you about partnerships or if you would like to stop by in our beautiful office in Vienna to get to know us. 

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