Susan McGalla on the solution to helping women succeed as leaders

Companies who incorporate gender diversity are shown to become more successful than companies who don’t. Even more so businesses that are ethnically diverse outperform others by 35 percent. This should be good news and companies should be hiring people left and right, but unfortunately this is not the case. Only a very small percentage of women hold high ranking positions in big corporations.

Susan McGalla is one of the few women who have made it to the top and wants to inspire other women to do just that. She was raised with a football coach father and two brothers. McGalla was treated equally with her brothers and was not given any breaks because of her gender. Now she can work comfortably with both women and men. Susan also understands gender issues in the workplace and why women are not in these high ranking positions. There are so many support groups for women when it comes to this and initiatives. They can talk about their challenges, successes, and share their personal stories. They can even make business connections. While this is great, it will not solve the bigger problem of getting these fully capable women in these great high leadership positions. What can be done about this? Getting women who are already in these leadership positions to support and uplift other women who are looking to excel. Give these budding bosses opportunities they would not regularly get and also give the executives incentives to help them.

Business woman and power player Susan McGalla knows how to run a business. She has led a number of big companies to success in high profile positions. Mrs. McGalla previously worked as a Retail Industry Consultant, was the Chief Merchandising Officer and President at American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., and was Chief Executive Officer at The Wet Seal, Inc.

Susan grew up and was born in East Liverpool, Ohio and now resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended Mount Union College and received a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Business. McGalla serves on the Board of Advisors for her college. She is also the Founder of P3 Executive Consulting, LLC and currently is the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the The Pittsburgh Steelers, LLC.

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