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company name: the female factor

founding year: 2019

founders: Mahdis GharaeiTanja Sternbauer

team size: >10

community size: 6.500+ women

active regions: 47+ countries

headquarter: Vienna, Austria, but remotely organized

contact person: 

Tanja Sternbauer


about the female factor.

The female factor is a curated global community for a new era of female leaders, creating tailor-made career and business opportunities by boosting connections, confidence & competence.

our story

Tremendous social, political, environmental and economic forces have radically reshaped life as we knew it, and one thing is clear: Our world increasingly needs us to show up in a more human way.


It's time for a new era of leaders who demonstrate self-awareness, empowerment, high levels of emotional intelligence and a collaborative mindset. We believe that by embracing their innately feminine power, their "female factors" such as empathy, intuition and compassion, women will step up, leading our world for the better.


our core

According to research, a woman needs three things to succeed in her career: Confidence to believe in herself, connections to lift her up & create opportunities, and the right set of competencies to deliver results.


Our research-backed opportunity journey is designed to help women get ahead with the right mentors, hands-on career knowledge, accountability partners, confidence training and a great network of peers.

Together we are enabling women to seize opportunities, get their seats at the table and build a brighter tomorrow for all of us.

meet the founders.

our story

Becoming company leaders themselves at a young age showed both the importance of not only taking responsibility for our their organizations and teams, but of looking beyond, to their impact as leaders and the difference one can make on society as a whole.


In 2019 both decided it's time for them to give back. Sharing their combined learnings of 20+ years of leadership experience with the female factor community and giving them access to a strong network of opinion leaders and decision-makers. Their goal was and is to empower the next generation of female leaders to step into their superpower by connecting them with the people and resources needed to succeed.

Tanja Sternbauer

co-founder & head of community

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

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Mahdis Gharaei

co-founder & head of partnerships

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

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what the media writes about us

Female Mentoring-Programm für zukünftige Führungskräfte

TrendingTopics, Vienna, 18.09.2020

Limitless Mentoring Conference fördert weibliche Impact-Karrieren

techandnature, Vienna, 16.07.2020

Coca-Cola präsentiert Fünfjahresplan für Geschlechterausgleich in der Führungsetage

Leadersnet, Vienna, 04.03.2020

Die 100 mächtigsten Business-Frauen Österreichs

trend. das Wirtschaftsmagazin, Vienna, 28.02.2020

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

derBrutkasten, Vienna, 28.11.2019

Regional winners of the 6th Central European Startup Awards, Bucharest, 21.11.2019

Karrrierefrauen in Wien: „We rise by lifting others“

NJOY Radio, Vienna, 23.10.2019

latest press releases.

Eveline Steinberger-Kern, Mariam Al-Ayash uvm als MentorInnen für die nächste Generation an Führungskräften

Vienna, 12.09.2020

Das Mentoring Programm für ambitionierte Frauen startet international in die nächste Runde

Vienna, 02.05.2019

Talent Garden startet Partnerschaft mit “the female factor” in 8 Ländern um Diversität an allen Standorten zu fördern

Vienna, 03.09.2019

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