Susan McGalla is an expert consultant on branding, talent management, marketing, and operational efficiencies to various corporations. She is the Founder of P3 Executive Consulting who offers her expert insight in the corporate fashion industry. Apart from the retail sector, Susan also offers her consulting expertise in the financial community. Susan hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
About Susan McGalla
Susan McGalla kick started her career at the Joseph Horne Company. Afterwards, she moved to American Eagle Outfitters, and from 1994 to 2009 she held various management positions at the company like Chief Merchandising Officer. American Eagle was a predominantly male company, and she became the first woman to get an executive position and earn the company a revenue of 3 billion dollars, an e-commerce site, and four brands. Susan also wore jeans to assist in the leadership of a celebration on the South Side to announce the plan of the company moving its headquarters. Her ascension was through hard work and became an aspirational leader among women.
In 2009, she left Wet Seal, and in 2011, Ms. McGalla earned herself the CEO title at the company. In July 2012, she left Wet Seal to establish her company, P3 Executive Consulting. She is also the VP of Creative Development and Business Strategy for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Pittsburgh as well as the council for the University’s Cancer Institute.
Ms. McGalla is very vocal about her views on women in business should prosper in the business industry. Susan has shared her views at the Carnegie Mellon University Speaker Series and the Women and Girl’s Foundation of Pittsburgh. Growing up, Susan McGalla was in a household with her father who was a football coach and her two older. This upbringing encouraged Susan to work hard and be confident in presenting her ideas regardless of the audience.
McGalla holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Union College. Susan’s angle towards her career development is not to break the glass ceiling but to make a point in the business industry. McGalla hopes that women can use this approach towards their development of their career.
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Susan McGalla has been paving the way for women in leadership roles for several years. She learned early in life that she had to work for what she wanted and being of a certain gender did not entitle her to any breaks along the way. This lesson has proven to be successful as Ms. McGalla has learned to work with both men and women. McGalla has always worked in industries that are dominated by men, but that has not scared her off. She was very confident in her ability perform her job well and has excelled in just about everything she has undertaken.
McGalla worked her way up through the ranks, starting at entry level positions and soon found herself at the top due to her hard work and discipline. After a stint at American Eagle Outfitters, McGalla founded P3 Executive Consulting and is currently the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburg Steelers.
Women Network initiatives have worked to benefit women as they have provided a platform for women to prove they are equally as capable of leadership roles as men. The drawback to such groups is that are not able to change with the times. Even though women have made great strides in taking on leadership roles, the number of women in such positions is still considerably less than men on a worldwide basis. The real solution is still escaping the business world.
A possible solution is to find decision making sponsors for women. Such sponsors would work with women and help create opportunities for them by recommending them to take the lead on a project and other assignments of importance. The sponsors would be advocate, as well as mentors of sorts and help make businesses to be more gender diverse.
Susan McGalla was born and raised in East Liverpool, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing from Mount Union College. She has found employment opportunities with several companies in the marketing and management sector. She has also been a merchandise buyer and chief merchandising officer, as well as being the overseer of a company expansion as they launched additional brands.
McGalla has succeeded with just about everything she has undertaken. She credits much of her success to her upbringing where she was not given special consideration because she was female. She has done a lot for women in the workplace and has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that women can do whatever they want, as long as they work hard.