Businesswoman Susan McGalla knows all to well what it’s like for women to make it as an executive. During her meteoric rise, she experienced more than a few bumps in the road. McGalla more than proved that she was on equal footing with her male peers. She is an excellent role model for women strive for success. Her knowledge, drive and intelligence has earned her a great deal of success.
McGalla drive for success was drummed into her by her father. He insisted that she work hard for what she wanted and never let her gender be an excuse. After graduating from college, she went to work for American Eagle Outfitters. She worked in a number of positions within the organization. Her hard work paid off and she went on to head other Fortune 500 companies.
While McGalla has a very good story, there are not as many women climbing to the executive level. The glass ceiling still exists, but women need to know how to move beyond the roadblocks. Mcgalla says women being locked out has more to do with fundamental issues rather than talent. Less than 25 percent of the leadership jobs around the globe are held by women. McGalla says women should network and find mentors to help them grow.
Today, McGalla works for the Pittsburgh Steelers organization as a Vice President of Creative Development. She also sits on a number of boards throughout the city of Pittsburgh. McGalla also owns her own business, P3 Consulting. It was created to help up and coming entrepreneurs succeed.