Companies that promote gender and racial equality outperform companies that are not diverse. A wide range of employees provide limitless ideas and perspectives for a single idea. It’s a discouraging fact that few women hold high-level positions at elite companies.
Susan McGalla is an inspiration for women that want to manage a company. She credits her success to her upbringing. Susan had two brothers, and she was not provided any slack or advantages because she’s female. Susan figured out at a young age how to compete in an environment influenced and controlled by men.
Susan’s first executive position was as President and Chief Merchandising Officer for American Eagle Outfitters. When she began working with the company, she was the only female executive employee.
After leaving American Eagle Outfitters, Susan worked as an independent consultant for the retail industry. She then worked as CEO of The Wet Seal. Following her position at The Wet Seal, Susan formed P3 Executive Consulting.
Susan is currently Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Her position proves her ability to influence a male-dominated workplace in a positive way.
Susan admits obtaining an executive-level position within a company is difficult for a woman. It takes more than hard work and dedication to succeed as a woman in business. Executive-level positions are not offered to women. Women are not considered an option for many jobs because of their gender. Susan supports women networks that address the need to make a change within the structure of a business. Women networks provide guidance, support, information, and motivation. The networks need to unite and help improve business opportunities for women.
Susan advocates sponsorship programs. She believes a woman should have a decision-making executive sponsor her. The executive provides guidance and opportunities for the employee to showcase her talents.
Susan McGalla proves it’s possible for a woman to excel in a man-controlled environment. She brings advancement, innovation, and profit to any company where she works.