Research studies have shown that companies that have a larger percentage of women employed are 15% more likely to do better than other companies. As well, those that employ more minorities are 35% more likely to outperform. The belief is that these companies do better because they’re more willing to listen to new ideas and perspectives. Unfortunately, even with research backing up the strengths of diversity very few women attain c-level positions at the companies that make up the S&P 500.
One woman who has found success in the business world is Susan McGalla. She says that her upbringing plays a large part of that. She grew up with a father who coached football and has two brothers. That she was a girl didn’t entitle her to any breaks in her childhood. If she wanted something she had to work for it which has enabled her to be very successful as a corporate executive.
Susan McGalla effort and work ethic led to her taking on increasingly higher positions while she worked at American Eagle Outfitters. When she started at this retailer every executive at the company was male. Eventually, she became president of the company before she left in order to establish P3 Executive Consulting. Today she works for the Pittsburg Steelers as their Director of Strategic Planning and Growth.
It was in 1986 that Susan McGalla started her career when she worked for the Joseph Horne Company. She has worked in both marketing and as an executive at other companies like Wet Seal, Inc. She is also on the Board of Directors for HFF Inc.
Susan McGalla is a graduate of Mount Union College and holds a degree in business and marketing. She now serves on this college’s Board of Advisors. She is also on the board of the Magee-Women’s Hospital and Research Institute.