Susan McGalla on helping women succeed at becoming leaders

Diversity in the workplace is important to success. Unfortunately there is not enough of it going around. Statistics say that companies with ethnic and gender diversity are most likely to be more successful performance wise, than companies who are not diverse. Not only does this diversity mean a variety of people, but also it brings a variety of ideas. It’s the best of both worlds. Susan McGalla is a powerful woman that has worked in great leadership roles such as President, Chief Executive Officer, and is an board member. She is an inspiration to women all over to follow your dreams whatever they might mean. By example she shows that women can succeed in leadership roles.

When it comes to helping women get into these leadership roles, Susan thinks networks and initiatives are not going to do it. They are good in a sense that women can go to them with their ideas and plan ahead. It’s also a good way to make connections in the business world. There is only one problem with them and it is at the root of change. How are we going to change this unfair system to get more women in leadership positions? Women executives who are in a place of power need to mentor these upcoming brilliant women on how to do business. They need to be supported and create more meaningful opportunities for them. Men also need to step in and support the whole thing to create real change that is desperately needed.

Susan P. McGalla was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on May 31, 1964. She attended Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business from there. She also served on the Board of Advisors for Mount Union College.

The Ohio native is the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for The Pittsburgh Steelers. Susan previously worked as the founder of P3 Executive Consulting, was the Chief Executive Officer at Wet Seal Inc., and was President American Eagle Outfitters. McGalla’s first job out of college was at Joseph Horne Company. She worked for that company for eight years in various positions.

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