Success Story of Susan McGalla and Women in Leadership

Susan McGalla is a renowned entrepreneur, a consultant, leader, and a business executive. She has over three-decade experience in corporate leadership and executive management. Hailing from East Liverpool Ohio, Susan McGalla graduated with Bachelors of Arts degree in Business and Marketing from Mount Union College. In 1994, she Joined American Eagle Outfitters and worked her way up the corporate ladder to become the President and Chief Merchandising Officer.

For over two decades at America Eagle, Susan McGalla assisted the company to lead the industry regarding growth and revenue. By 2008, the company had over 1,000 stores, with four brands, revenue of $3 billion, and 28,000 staffs. From 2009 to 2011, McGalla worked as an independent retail industry consultant. In 2011, she became the CEO, Weal Seal Inc., California before founding P3 Executive Consulting firm in 2013. Susan McGalla Joined Pittsburgh Steelers in February 2011. Currently, she serves at Pittsburgh as the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development.

Women and Leadership

The success of Susan McGalla in leadership is an excellent example of how women can excel in management. Though there are more women initiatives and networks, the barriers for them to succeed are always there. These systems have assisted in creating platforms for women to make connections, strategize, and share ideas as well as planning for their business. Women have used these initiatives to make changes in their lives and society as well. However, these efforts have not solved the issue of gender discrimination in business leadership and management.

Studies have shown that businesses that embrace gender diversity have 15% more chance of succeeding than those that do not. However, only handful companies have women in senior positions. One way to break this discrimination is for executive women to sponsor others to succeed as well. This sponsorship will work if executive women recommend and advocate for other women in project executions. It would work as a motivation for both men and women to invest more in women. The executive sponsorship and mentorship would go a long way in embracing gender diversity in corporate leadership. Therefore, women leaders should motivate and mentor other women to be like them.