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company name: the female factor

founding year: 2019

founders: Mahdis GharaeiTanja Sternbauer

team size: >10

community size: 6.500+ women

reach: 1 mio yearly

active regions: 75+ countries

headquarter: Vienna, Austria, but remotely organized

contact person: 

Tanja Sternbauer


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The female factor is on a mission to close the (gender) leadership gap.

We are a global community for a new era of female leaders enabling them to get their seat at the table by boosting confidence, competence & connections. We support these female leaders through mentoring, networking and our career programs.

In 2020 we started to connect fantastic companies such as Google, BCG, Mondi, Bank Austria and many more with our female talents. 

In 2021 we proudly launched Europe's first job platfrom matching female talents with inclusive companies.

meet the founders

The passion for female empowerment and driving societal change for equal opportunities and a better world for all of us, is what drives Tanja and Mahdis. 

They co-founded the female factor in 2019 as a remote-first company and with a shared leadership model.

Together they are on a mission to enable more women to get a seat at the table, working towards more inclusive work places for the next generation.

Tanja Sternbauer

startup founder, 10+ years startup and leadership experience, awarded Female Rolemodel 2019, top 100 influential business women in Austria

Mahdis Gharaei

10+ years international leadership experience in Europe, the Middle East and the US in aviation and at non-profit organisations

company milestones


launch of our (future) female leaders community


strong focus on employer services


launch of Europe's first job platform for inclusive companies


stay tuned, big things in the making

the female factor in the media

Financial Times

Women thrive as start-up founders in Austria

Trending Topics

So sieht das Recruiting der Zukunft aus


Karrierefrauen in Wien: „We rise by lifting others“

der Brutkasten

Tanja Sternbauer ist „Female Role Model of the Year“ in CEE


Die 100 mächtigsten Business-Frauen Österreichs

Trending Topics

Female Mentoring-Programm für zukünftige Führungskräfte


Das unausgeschöpfte Potenzial von Frauen in der Arbeitswelt


the female factor/EY: Wie wird die Zukunft der Arbeit aussehen?

Regional winners of the 6th Central European Startup Awards


the female factor in Energie!

tech and nature

Limitless Mentoring Conference fördert weibliche Impact-Karrieren

Coca Cola

Internationaler Männertag: Vorbildwirkung für mehr Gleichberechtigung

latest press releases

the female factor starts job platform for female talents

Wien präsentiert sich als internationaler Hotspot für Frauen in der Wirtschaftswelt


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