Susan McGalla has made great strides when it comes to women breaking the glass ceiling. She is considered a trailblazer, and she is actually one of the youngest women to be hired as a CEO to a Fortune 500 company. While there are still a number of women struggling to make it inside the boardroom, McGalla navigated her path with a great deal of confidence and ease.
Born in a family with two brothers and a coach father, Mcgalla was taught at an early age the importance of working hard and never allowing her gender to keep her from succeeding. McGalla says the rules she learned growing up is what the carried on into her work life, and it has brought her incredible success.
McGalla, a native of Pittsburgh, graduated from Mount Union College with a degree in marketing. Upon graduation, she immediately went to work for Joseph Horne Company. She worked in a variety of marketing and managerial positions. After a few years, she moved on to American Eagle Outfitters.
During this time, Mcgalla says she very few women in executive positions. She worked her way up through the ranks and was finally installed as Company CEO. McGalla credits her position to a lot of hard work, determination and smarts. She says women have to be fearless and demand respect. “No one is going to give you anything,” according to McGalla.
After years at American Eagle Outfitters, she moved on to Wet Seal. This is when she decided that she was ready to strike out on her own and build her own business.
In 2011, she created P3 Executive Consulting. Her company advises and mentors smaller companies and provides them with the tools needed for success. She also works for the Pittsburgh Steelers organization as its director of marketing.
McGalla says while she is still a bit frustrated that women are not receiving CEO positions at a faster rate, things are changing for the better.