Susan McGalla’s Rise Through The Ranks

Having worked her way up to attain high level positions, American businesswoman and executive consultant, Susan McGalla has helped smooth the journey for other women.

Growing up in a family with two older brothers and a football coach father, McGalla acknowledges her upbringing for her ease in working with both men and women. It was necessary for her to work for what she wanted despite being a girl and she has brought this view along with her into adulthood.

McGalla began her career at Joseph Horne Company, working in a range of advertising and managerial positions before joining American Eagle Outfitters. At the time she began working at American Eagle Outfitters all the executives were men. When she left the company she held the position of company president and chief merchandising officer.

She then launched P3 Executive Consulting before taking on the role of vice president of business strategy and creative development for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

And while women’s initiatives and networks have worked diligently to transform change, statistics still reveal women hold merely a small percentage of high level positions in S&P 500 companies and make up just 25 percent of senior roles in companies worldwide. The initiatives could work to make available a program for women to organize, strategize and prepare their enterprise while at the same time build relationships with other women in their industry.

Producing mentorship and sponsorship opportunities for women is one answer that would address the gender discrimination issue. For example, women that are dedicated to their careers should find a decision making executive to act as a sponsor who could lend a hand in generating favorable circumstances for them.

The sponsor, who could act as an advocate, would recommend women to lead ventures or manage significant assignments.

McGalla received a bachelor’s degree from Mount Union College. She is married to Stephen McGalla, a wealth manager.

She sits on the board of commercial real estate firm HFF, Mount Union College Board of Advisors and Magee-Women’s Hospital Research Institute and Foundation.

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