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Eager to contribute to a necessary shift in leadership? Find all important information as well as leadership stats below.

who's behind the movement?

company name: the female factor

founding year: 2019

founders: Mahdis GharaeiTanja Sternbauer

team size: 20+

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.

2023 is dedicated to our global movement aiming to create a shift in how we perceive leadership qualities to give a more diverse range of leaders the stage.

meet the founders

The passion for female empowerment and driving societal change for equal opportunities and a better world of work 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


start working with pioneering companies


launch of Europe's first job platform for inclusive companies


a global movement to redefine leadership

the female factor in the media

extra journal

EY-Studie: Jeder zweite Millennial ist offen für Jobwechsel


Die 100 mächtigsten Business-Frauen Österreichs

New job platform for female talents


Diversität als Wettbewerbsvorteil

Regional winners of the 6th Central European Startup Awards


Neue Plattform verspricht frauenfreundliche Jobs ohne Pinkwashing

DerStandard via Mediaplanet

Jobplattform für Frauen

Puls 4

Die Gamechangers 2021

der Brutkasten

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


Wie es um den heimischen Arbeitsmarkt steht

der Brutkasten

Was weibliche Fachkräfte (nicht) wollen

die Presse

Worauf es im Job ankommt

latest press releases

Die Initiative aus Wien, die die Welt der Führungsetagen auf den Kopf stellt  

the female factor starts job platform for female talents


Hi, I'm


I'm co-founder of the female factor and here for you if you have any questions. 

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