Susan McGalla- An Influence for Future Female Leaders

Companies with diverse genders have 15 percent chance of having higher performance than those that aren’t diverse. Ethnic diversity can help companies outperform others by 35 percent. Accepting diversity means being open to new perspectives and ideas. There is a small number of women who are executives in S&P 500 companies.

Typical women can work hard to be an executive. Susan McGalla stands out from these women because she has become a role model for other women in leadership. She became accustomed to working with both genders because she was raised in a family with a majority of male relatives. Despite this circumstance, McGalla did not stop working towards her goals. This habit allowed her to be successful in her professional life.

Women leadership initiatives are ineffective at solving the glass ceiling problem. The number of male and female executives should be equal if leadership initiatives are the solution. Executive sponsorship is helpful in ending gender discrimination at corporations. Highly professional women are encouraged to have an executive sponsor. These sponsors can assist women with filling executive tasks.

Ms. McGalla was president at American Eagle Outfitters after working there for some years. She is the founder of P3 Executive Consulting. McGalla is the VP of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers. She started the “wear what we wear” campaign to help increase the sales of Steelers gear.

Susan P. McGalla was born in East Liverpool, Ohio. She was the ex-CEO of West Seal. McGalla serves as a board member of HFF and Magee-Women’s Hospital. She started her first job at Joseph Horne Company in 1986. Other positions McGalla held at American Eagle Outfitters were divisional merchandise buyer of women’s apparel, manager, and chief merchandising officer(CMO). She was an independent retail industry consultant for two years.

As an undergraduate student at Mount Union College, McGalla studied business and marketing. Also, she is on the Board of Advisors at Mount Union College. Stephen McGalla is the husband of Susan McGalla. Ms. McGalla has been a speaker at the Women and Girl’s Foundation of Pittsburgh and at Carnegie Mellon.

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