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BARBARA BAUMGARTNER

Barbara is a trailblazer in the aviation industry and a dynamic business angel investing in female-led tech startups.

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Managing Director

FAI - rent a jet

Austria 🇦🇹

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Barbara Baumgartner
Barbara Baumgartner

ABOUT BARBARA

Barbara Baumgartner, an Austrian native, has significantly impacted the aviation industry in the Middle East. She started with FAI rent-a-jet GmbH in 2003 as a Local Representative and became the company's Managing Director in Dubai in 2011. Baumgartner's career in Dubai began in 1997, managing the wealth of a Saudi family business conglomerate as their Head of Family Office. She also serves on the Investment Committee of Mindshift Capital, a VC firm focusing on female-led tech startups.

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I TRULY BELIEVE THAT FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION AND LIKING YOUR WORK WILL BE THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUR HAPPINESS & SUCCESS.

Barbara Baumgartner

BARBARA IN A NUTSHELL

Managing Director

FAI - rent a jet

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General Management Operations Austria 🇦🇹

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BARBARA AS A LEADER

I truly believe that following your passion and liking your work will be the foundation for your happiness & success.

Leadership is not about individual success but about team success.

Great leaders inspire teams, lead by example, and create a space where everyone feels valued and empowered.

The future of leadership is rooted in empathy, adaptability, and fostering a culture of continuous learning and innovation.

When I think of a leader, I think of someone who leads by example, mentors others, and uplifts those around them.

Barbara Baumgartner
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LEADERSHIP ISN'T ABOUT HAVING POWER.
IT'S ABOUT CARING FOR YOUR TEAM AND SUPPORTING THEM TO SUCCEED.

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BARBARA ON WORK LIFE BALANCE

Set clear boundaries between work and personal life. Designate specific times for work tasks and family activities and stick to them. Prioritize self-care by incorporating activities that recharge you, like exercise, hobbies, meditation, or simply relaxing. Remember, taking care of yourself enables you to be more present and effective both at work and at home.

BARBARA ON MAKING IT IN MALE-DOMINATED INDUSTRIES

One of the most significant challenges women often face in male-dominated industries is the need to prove their competencies more rigorously than their male counterparts. To navigate this, it’s crucial for women to consistently showcase their expertise and achievements. Building a strong professional network is essential, as it can provide support, mentorship, and open doors to new opportunities. Additionally, women should seek out and take on high-visibility projects to demonstrate their capabilities and increase their visibility within the organization. Lastly, maintaining confidence and resilience, even in the face of bias and stereotypes, is vital for long-term success and career advancement.

Barbara Baumgartner
Barbara Baumgartner
Barbara Baumgartner
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TO BECOME A BETTER LEADER, CONTINUOUSLY EVALUATE YOUR TEAM'S WELL-BEING, MAINTAIN AN OPEN-DOOR POLICY AND SHOW APPRECIATION EVEN WHEN IT'S UNEXPECTED

Barbara on becoming a better leader

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