Susan McGalla Broke Barriers For Women’s Leadership

Women around the world have taken a stand and are emerging as leaders. Businesses are starting to take notice. That’s because gender-diversity increases the chances of a business outperforming competitors by 15 percent. That number shoots up to 35 percent when businesses are ethnically diverse. Despite statistics backing this up, there are still companies that haven’t truly opened the door for diversity.

That is why Susan McGalla has been at the forefront of women’s leadership. When she first worked for American Eagle Outfitters, every executive in the company were males. At the time of her departure, McGalla was the company’s president.She moved on to become the founder of P3 Executive Consulting. Now, McGalla is the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development of the National Football League (NFL) team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

McGalla’s career dates back to 1986. She held a number of positions at Joseph Home Company until 1994. McGalla was appointed to the Board of Directors under HFF, Inc 15 years later. In Jan. 2011, she became the chief executive officer of Wet Seal. Her departure from the company led her to become her own boss.

Throughout her professional life, McGalla hasn’t expected things to be handed to her. She grew up with two brothers and a dad who was a football coach. McGalla didn’t have the opportunity to take shortcuts, which is why she never had a sense of entitlement. Instead, she worked her way up through the ranks and has become a renowned consultant that clients can trust.

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