Businesswoman and CEO Susan McGalla is one of the highest-performing corporate females who have climbed their way up through the ranks. At the age of 52, she has not only run three Fortune 500 companies, she also owns a firm that focuses on helping other companies strive.
The East Liverpool, Ohio native was born to succeed. Her father, also a high school football coach, always instilled in Susan McGalla the importance of having good principles and a drive to be the best you can be. Failure was not an option.
After graduating from Mount Union College, Susan McGalla went to work for Joseph Horne Company. She worked in a variety of managerial positions and got her first taste of sexism. “I saw that there were very few women in the boardroom,” said McGalla. After she felt she had done her work, she moved on to American Eagle Outfitters on ireport.cnn.com. It didn’t take long for her to be named CEO. Again, she dealt with misogyny, resentments and outdated attitudes by some of her male counterparts. While some women would have thrown in the towel, McGalla took it as an opportunity to thrive.
“As the old saying goes, you have to be twice as good as a man.” McGalla proved to be an excellent role model and someone women could admire. After moving on to Wet Seal Inc., McGalla was already a proven professional. But after a year of so with the company, she decided it wasn’t the right fit for her and she moved on.
McGalla founded P3 Consultants in 2009 on Bloomberg. It was a tremendous opportunity to help others get their careers and companies back on the path to success. She serves on the board of directors of many companies including Magee Women’s Hospital, the University of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Conference on Human Development. One of her most treasured positions is with the Pittsburgh Steelers organization.
McGalla says she feels incredibly blessed. She’s worked very hard and made a number of sacrifices to get where she is today. Her goal is to help every women that she can climb that corporate ladder and break the glass ceiling. “If I can do it, anyone can,” said McGalla. You just have to know how to navigate the waters.” Reference: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/09/18/steelers-overhaul-fan-gear-closet-introduce-new-fashion-campaign/