CEO and businesswoman Susan McGalla is considered a trailblazer. She was once one of the youngest CEOs in the nation, heading American Eagle Outfitters for several years. McGalla was highly-successful in her leadership positions because she was fearless, smart and always considered herself to be on the same level as her peers.
McGalla was raised in a family with 2 brothers and a football coach father. She was taught the importance of hard work at a very young age. She was also taught that she had to work for what she wanted out of life.
There are a lot of women struggling to work their way up through the ranks, according to McGalla. It’s not lack of work or trying that keeps them from getting into the boardroom, according to McGalla. It’s the lack of support from other women. Since there aren’t very many women in the boardroom in the first place, men still have all the power.
According to statistics, companies are about 15% more productive when they are gender diverse. “This is a stat that companies should really take a look at,” according to Mcgalla.
After graduating from Mount Union College, McGalla began working for Joseph Horne Company in marketing and management. She moved on the American Eagle Oufitters. After working in marketing, she was promoted to CEO and stayed there for five years.
McGalla says there were virtually no women in the boardroom during her tenure at American Eagle Outfitters. She also headed Wet Seal for a couple of years.
Today, McGalla has started her own company P3 Executive Consulting. She was also recently hired on by the Pittsburgh Steeler organization as the director of marketing strategies.
She says incentives should be offered to companies who hire women. This will undoubtedly make male executives more receptive to businesswomen and help them secure more executive roles.