Susan McGalla, a retail consultant from Pittsburgh, has climbed the American corporate ladder over the last three decades. She attributes hard work, perseverance, confidence, and versatility as the key things towards a successful career. She grew up with two older brothers, and his father encouraged her to voice out her ideas with confidence regardless of her gender.
McGalla started her career at Joseph Horne Company in 1986 where she worked in the marketing and managerial positions until 1994. American Eagle Outfitters later hired her as a divisional merchandise buyer for women’s wear. When she joined American Eagle, there were no women on the board or the executive positions. Here her hard work and commitment paid off, and she rose to the Chief Merchandising Officer and later became the Company’s President on about.me.
She then left American Eagle Outfitters to begin her consultation firm for the financial investment and retail industries on ireport.cnn.com, but Wet Seal persuaded her to become their Chief Executive Officer in 2011. Wet Seal was a young woman retail chains that sought to expand to every mall countrywide, and McGalla’s experience and expertise would help in facilitating that growth.
In 2012, Susan McGalla went back to Pittsburgh where she started the P3 Executive Consulting Firm. She also works for the Pittsburgh Steelers as the Director of Strategic Planning and Growth. Susan McGalla has also gained more knowledge in the clothing and retail industry over the years which have attracted a lot of executives in the financial sector that need guidance in marketing, branding, and product merchandising.
Susan McGalla is an advocate of women rights in the corporate world. She serves as an inspiration to the women through her success in the business community which is a male dominated area. She now motivates women to move out of their comfort zones and be the leaders. She acknowledges networking as one of the greatest secrets behind success in business; this involves having a good relationship with your associates as well as being able to put all things together.
Believing in one’s skills is also a gateway to a successful business career; this enables one venture in the areas that many fear. Susan McGalla encourages women to have the right attitude of what they are entitled to at the same time ignoring the gender prejudices that they may come across. She also encourages them to pursue their careers and dreams. Her achievements in the corporate world make her one of the greatest inspiration to women across the world.