Statistics show that gender diversity, as well as diverse ethnicity in the workplace, is a factor that leads to better performance in businesses. However, despite these clear indications many corporations are yet to adopt the aspect of gender and ethical diversification. Very few women are given the opportunity to take on leadership positions in companies despite the fact that they are very capable. On the other hand, the few that have been offered this highly coveted opportunity strive to prove that they earned the position and hence find themselves outshining even their male competitors. Among these influential women is the iconic Susan McGalla.
The fifty-three-year-old Susan McGalla is a businesswoman and executive advisor with an American nativity from Pittsburgh Steelers. She was born and raised in a family with two brothers. Her football coach father was strict in how he raised her; he never gave her any preference from her brothers because of her femininity. She has hence always had to work as hard as her brothers or even harder to get what she wanted. She attributed her success in her career to how her father brought her up.
After receiving her Business and Marketing Degree from the college of Mount Union, Susan kick-started her career working in different marketing and managerial positions at the Joseph Horne Company for almost a decade. In 1994, she went on to work at American Eagle Outfitters as a divisional stock purchaser for women’s clothing. She managed to keep rising in ranks in the company until she eventually landed the role of Chief Merchandising Officer and president. After a successful run in the establishment, Susan McGalla left in 2009 and began her private consultancy practice for retail and financial investment. Three years later she took on the task of CEO of West Seal after the termination of Ed Thomas’s tenure. Later that year, she got an appointment at the table of HFF Inc. Board of Directors.
After a while, McGalla left West Seal and founded P3 Executive Consulting where she currently works as the vice president of creative development and Business Strategy. For women to reach Susan’s height of success, they are encouraged to look into Executive Sponsorship since women leadership initiatives have failed to give the expected results.