Today, women are making use of any available opportunities to show their potential and capabilities in performing at the same level as men or even better. Susan McGalla is an American Businesswoman who has managed to compete with men in various executive positions. She has worked in several organizations as chief executive officer or the president, and the companies have performed well under her leadership. She is an encouragement to many women who are not able to balance their gender and professional life. In early 2015, she advised women to advance in their careers regardless of their gender. McGalla is the founder of P3 Executive Consulting LLC, an expert firm providing consultancy services to business entities on marketing, branding, operational efficiencies and talent management.
McGalla has been expressing her views on how women should get ahead in business in the same way as their male counterparts. McGalla has addressed audiences in several conferences and seminar like the Women Foundation of Pittsburgh and another event hosted at Carnegie Mellon University for CEOs. She has spoken to many women who have approached their careers in professional ways but not as women. McGalla points out that this evolution is very encouraging and more women should have this approach in their careers. This is the only way women will be able to compete with men in various leadership positions and other business opportunities available.
McGalla was brought up in East Liverpool, Ohio, in a family with two older brothers and their father was a football coach. Her parents did not deny her any opportunity because she was a girl. They encouraged her to work hard and express her views with confidence regardless of how the audience will approach them. This was an encouragement because she has managed to work with both genders in a comfortable manner. McGalla said that this idea served her well. She studied at Mount Union College where she received her BA in business and marketing. She is serving on this college’s Board of Advisors.
Susan McGalla started working at Joseph Horne Company, holding various managerial and marketing positions between 1986 and 1994. Later in 1994, she joined American Eagle Outfitters as a merchandise buyer specializing on women’s clothing. She would later be transferred to various managerial positions until she was appointed to be the president and chief merchandising officer the entire company. Before this appointment, she was the president and CMO for the firm’s flagship American Eagle brand. At American Eagle Outfitters she was managing P&L, $3 billion of revenue, e-commerce site and four brands.
Susan McGalla is in control of her career where she is offering consultancy services to high ranking individuals in the finance sector. She is providing them with an inside perspective concerning the world of retail. In fact, McGalla has autonomy over her career and this has been achieved through years of hard work, passion and flexibility. According to her, gender never factored in as an issue and this made her achieve her goals.