Making Her Mark: Susan McGalla

Women are surely becoming a force to be reckoned with in the working industry. Women are taking on more leadership roles in huge companies that many thought would never happen and taking this male dominated industry by storm. Susan McGalla is one of the many women who is making her mark on this male dominated industry.

Born and raised in East Liverpool, Ohio with her two brothers, Susan was not treated any different from them by her parents. Being the only girl out of two boys you would probably think that Susan’s parents spoiled her, but that was not the case. Susan and her siblings were all treated equally. Being raised the way she did allowed Susan to become the woman she is today. Giving her the confidence and abilities that led her to hold multiple high positions in a man dominated industry.

Before becoming the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Susan received her BA from Mount Union College. She then began her career working at Joseph Horne Company from 1986 to 1994. Later in 1994 she started working at American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. where she held various management positions before she worked her way up to president and chief merchandising officer. Susan founded P3 Executive Consulting in January 2009 when she left American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. where she became the consultant for the top people in finance.

Gender diversity in the work place is very important. It has been shown that companies who are diverse outperform those that are not. Diversity allows for different perspective to be shared. For women to get more active roles within the organization. Executive sponsorship may be the way to make this happen. The sponsors would advocate for the women. Make sure they are given the same opportunities for projects and roles within the organization as men do. Having this kind of support would be very beneficial for women in so many ways. Giving them the chance to make their mark on this industry like Susan McGalla has done.

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