Susan McGalla: Constantly Challenging the Status Quo

spcblog, 29 November 2017, No comments
Categories: CEO

In the recent article on, “How Pittsburgh’s Susan McGalla Paved the Way for Women in Leadership” author Joe Williams talks about the impact that executives like Susan McGalla have on the business world and where there are opportunities for change. While there are more women coming into leadership roles, the author believes that there are still things that can be done to increase gender diversity.

In the article, one of the things that the author points out is that women are still not being given positions in leadership. While there are extensive leadership campaigns aimed at diversifying the workforce at this level, women simply are not occupying these roles. The problem comes down to support. If these young leaders had a mentor that seemed to take interest in them and give them a shot, they would have a better chance at advancing. This would eventually help the companies, as the author points out, because adequate gender diversity can increase a company’s overall performance. Executives like Susan McGalla are examples of what can happen when women are given a chance to show what they can do in the work place.

After graduating with her B.A. in Business and Marking from Mount Union College, McGalla went on to work for the Jospeh Horne Company. Her time there was spent growing her managerial and marketing experience. McGalla then started her corporate career at American Eagle Outfitters, during a time when all the other executives in the company were men. With her hard work and grit, McGalla constantly challenged the status quo. She began to build a career with American Eagle Outfitters that ended with her being named the President of the company.

After getting a taste of the leadership in the business world, McGalla set out and founded her own consulting company. This thrilling opportunity allowed her to expand her business portfolio, while serving in a variety of other interesting positions. Currently, McGalla is the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers and a consultant. To this day, her career there has been marked by great success and innovation. One thing McGalla hopes to do as she continues down her path is inspire more women in her industry.


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