Susan McGalla is an American entrepreneur and executive consultant. McGalla is an expert consultant to clients on retail marketing, management, and operation.
McGalla graduated from the University of Mount Union in Ohio. She then began her career at the Joseph Horne Company. In 1994, she began working for American Eagle Outfitters.
McGalla held various positions with American Eagle Outfitters before ultimately becoming the president of the company. McGalla was also the Chief Merchandising Officer at American Eagle. She was responsible for revenues of over $3 billion dollars, oversaw four brands, and the online store. McGalla oversaw the launch of American Eagle’s Aerie and 77 kid’s brands. She left the company in 2009 to become a private adviser for the financial and retail sectors. Susan McGalla founded P3 consulting, and is the Director of Strategic Planning and Growth for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Since then Susan McGalla has become a consultant for both the finance and retail sectors. Having independence over her career is an extravagance that has come from years of difficult work, flexibility, and focus.
The inequality between the number of men and women who hold leadership roles in key businesses is considerable.
According to a 2012 report from executive firm Spencer Stuart, most of the top leadership roles continue to be overwhelmingly held by men. According to Spencer Stuart, women account for only around 17 percent of independent directors. Nine percent of large fortune 500 companies do not have any female directors. Only twenty-one of the Fortune 500 companies’ top executives are women (http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Board-rooms-still-mostly-filled-with-men-3986772.php).
She grew up with two older brothers, and her father coached football. She was not given any breaks just because she was a female. McGalla’s parents raised her to be confident, present good ideas, and work hard. She said that she was always taught that all people are equal, regardless of their gender. McGalla has always been equally comfortable with men and women. She has excelled in working with both. This confidence has influenced her accomplishments, says McGalla in an interview with PR Newswire (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/susan-mcgalla-on-being-both-a-woman-and-a-leader-300016893.html).
McGalla has spoken to many audiences, including the Women and Girl’s Foundation of Pittsburgh about what it takes to be a business leader. She hopes that more women follow their dreams and pursue leadership roles in the future.