When listing successful businesspersons, the name Susan McGalla is hard to ignore. She is a source of inspiration to every business mind out there and majorly on women. Majority of posts in the internet in 2015, concerning career advancement, have been targeting women. This can be attributed to the revolution and discovery by women; they can also make tremendous achievement in the business world. However, most of the information is impractical and fake. According to the United States Department of Labor, only one in 5 women participated in the labor force in the mid 20thcentury. Currently women comprise of 46.9% but only 14.6% make it to the executive position. Susan McGalla, having beaten all odds and rose in all major positions, is advocating for women to get out of their comfort zone. The titles American businesswoman and executive consultant accredited to Susan McGalla shows years of dedication and hard work.
Susan McGalla is the founder of P3 Executive Consulting, LLC, according to wikinvest.com she also doubles as an informed Professional adviser to client on branding, marketing, operational efficiency, Financial management and talent development. There is a sigh of relief to women who want to get ahead in business. Susan is selfless and has been lecturing on the same both at the Women and Girls Foundation of Pittsburg and at the Carnegie Mellon University Speaker series for CEO’s and many more. She has worked hard presenting her ideas with confidence and composure irrespective of the audience, a value she has held so dearly through her entire career. She has never expected special treatment because of her gender and never has she factored it in her career goal. Her advice to women is to believe in themselves and have a positive attitude in every of their dealings.
She was born and raised with her two brothers in East Liverpool, Ohio. Her father being a tough local football coach must have installed a lot of discipline in her. Spending her childhood life with her siblings must have made it easy for her to prosper in the male dominated industry. She graduated from Mount Union College with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing, she continues to serve on the College Board of Advisors. She is a family woman married to a wealth manager, Stephen McGalla.
Her life has been characterized by series of career growth and rising through ranks. McGalla’s career kicked off at Joseph Horne Company in 1986. Here, she worked in various marketing and managerial position until 1994. Few months toward the end of 1994 she joined American Eagle outfitters, a company majorly comprised of men and no women sitting on the board or executive position. She started as a divisional merchandise buyer and after few years, she was promoted to managerial roles in various departments. She was later promoted to President and Chief Merchandising officer (CMO) for the Company’s Flagship brand and finally fought her way to becoming the President and CMO of the entire company. Her journey to becoming a private expert consultant started when she left American Eagle Inc. in January 2009. She now stands as Director of strategic planning and growth for the Pittsburgh Steelers.