Susan McGalla Paves the Way For Women Executives

Susan McGalla grew up in a family with two brothers and a father who was a football coach. She was no stranger to being the “odd person out” because she wasn’t given any advantage from that crowd when she was growing up. She had to earn what she wanted and she took that skill with her in life and it has made her extremely successful.

She worked her way up through the steps at American Eagle Outfitters to become the President of the company. In an organization where all of the executives were men, and in a supposed male type of company, she outshined them all to take over the highest leadership role.

She left American Eagle to start her own consulting firm, P3 Executive Consulting. She is now the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Strategy for the National League Football team Pittsburgh Steelers. Again, in a male-dominated business she holds her own. She goes into a situation not too worried that she is a woman because she has talent and is able to express her ideas in such a way that they just make sense.

Even with more and more women taking on key leadership roles, there is still that glass ceiling that everyone keeps talking about. Women such as Susan McGalla provides a great example of what women can do, but not all women are able to find and take part in these chances for the opportunity.

There are plenty of work groups and initiatives for women as well, but it doesn’t seem that they are the answer. Even though these groups give women the opportunity to network, share ideas, and it provides platforms for women to plan and strategize there is something lacking.

Even with the plethora of women’s initiatives, they still only hold about a quarter of the key leadership roles in American business. One area where there is an exciting breakthrough is the mentorship and sponsorship of women by executives who can come alongside women and help them find the executive roles where they can shine and earn their way to the top. This way more women like Susan McGalla can show their abilities and make a difference.

Categories: CEO
Dec
12

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