Working ethics play an important role in developing leadership skills to reach the top of the corporate ladder. The percentage of women business leaders is low compared to men in the United States, but some women are making their footprint, regardless of statistics. Susan McGalla, a successful business woman in Pittsburgh, PA is a witness that women have the ability to succeed in the corporate world, as men. She knows what it takes to be a corporate leader and is now sharing with other women her life experiences of journey to reaching success. McGalla is a motivational speaker and women advocate with the mission of inspiring women to reach for their dreams through hard work, determination, adaptability and dedication.
Whatever obstacles Susan had to face while pursuing her career advancement, whether no presence of executive women or unequal pay, she persevered and worked even harder to stand approved. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Mount Union College, she worked at Joseph Home Company for eight years. In 2014, McGalla worked for American Eagle Outfitters and served as President and Chief Merchandising Officer (CMO). While working at American Eagle, her responsibilities were managing $3 billion in revenues, e-commerce website, and four brands. She has experience in the retail and clothing industry, operations, branding, management, and marketing.
Susan McGalla also served as President and CMO at American Eagle Brand. In 2011, she joined Wet Seal and held executive position, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) before exploring entrepreneurship opportunities. She founded her own company, P3 Executive Consulting, LLC. Most of the companies McGalla worked for were dominated by men holding executive and board member positions. Her determination and dedication helped with the process of adapting to a male dominated environment. Currently, Susan is serving as Director of Strategic Planning and Growth for the Pittsburgh Steeler.
To show her support for women advancement in the workplace, she has spoken to audiences at Carnegie Mellon University Speaker Series for Chief Executive Officers and the Pittsburgh Women and Girl’s Foundation. Susan McGalla continues her support and is taking stance in forums to share with students and women the steps she had to take to accomplish her career goals.