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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 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.

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 influential 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

Equal Pay Day: Gehaltsunterschiede sinken immer noch zu langsam

Tech & Nature 05.10.2021

Equal Pay Day: Wie mehr Frauen an die Spitze kommen

Salzburger Nachrichten 05.10.2021

Mahdis Gharaei und Tanja Sternbauer über „the female factor“

TrendingTopics 19.10.2021

Wieso braucht es eine Jobplattform für Frauen?

DerStandard via Mediaplanet

Stronger together - Austria's female networks

TREND, 08.07.2021

Diversity as a business case

CASH magazine, 06/2021

Die Gamechangers 2021: Wie schön ist die neue Arbeitswelt wirklich? 

4GameChangers, Vienna, 30.04.2021

Frauen an die Karrierefront 

Innovator by The Red Bulletin, Vienna, 30.04.2021

Event-Tipp: the global limitless conference

Sheconomy, Vienna, 21.04.2021

Handelsvertreter warnen vor wirtschaftlichen Langzeitfolgen

Vol, Vienna, 20.04.2021

Diversität als Wettbewerbsvorteil

derStandard Vienna, 30.03.2021

Was weibliche Fachkräfte (nicht) wollen

der brutkasten, Vienna, 02.03.2021

Internationaler Männertag: Vorbildwirkung für mehr Gleichberechtigung 

Coca Cola Österreich, Vienna, 19.11.2020

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.

Wien präsentiert sich als internationaler Hotspot für Frauen in der Wirtschaftswelt

Vienna, 23.04.2021

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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