Women and Leadership – Susan McGalla`s Journey

Susan McGalla was born on May 31, 1964, in East Liverpool Ohio to a family of three, two boys and herself. Their father was a football coach in a local team and acted as Susan’s mentor. McGalla is a business and marketing graduate of the Mount Union College and sits on the institute’s board of advisors. Susan is married to a wealth manager, Stephen McGalla, and have two kids.

Susan’s career traces its roots back in 1986 while working at Joseph Horne Company in several management and marketing positions. She later joined American eagle outfitter in 1994 and served as a divisional merchandise buyer for lady attires. The company`s leadership was male-dominated, and women couldn’t penetrate to the top ranks. However, Susan beat all odds and rose to become the company`s Chief Merchandising Officer cum President. In January 2009, she left and became a financial and retail investments consultant under P3 executive consultancy firm. McGalla also became the Deputy President in charge of creative development and business strategy for Pittsburgh Steelers.

Many women, struggles to attain top positions in companies. But for Susan McGalla, that was not the case. She attributes her childhood to be her motivation to work with men comfortably. Growing up in the company of boys, she didn’t get any favors for being a girl, and had to struggle to get what she wanted, a virtue she has carried forward, hence her success.

But how can other women rise to top company positions? Women initiatives are tirelessly in pushing the women`s voice. The groups form a network where women leaders meet and share ideas. These initiatives have played significant roles in moulding women leaders. However, the programs find it challenging to stop the male dominance in leadership positions. The reason is, men fill up to 75% of the top leadership posts, making the fewer women unable to fight for their counterpart’s rights.

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