Susan McGalla, an Inspiring Business Professional

Businesswomen have been an integral part of the work force. In the past, women made up only a small amount of all business professionals. The influx of women has proven to be greatly beneficial. Companies with women sitting on their boards open the company up to larger demographics, improve the company’s reputation and gain the attention of female investors. This is rapidly changing as many more women begin to pursue careers as business professionals. Much of this progression can be attributed to various organizations which advocate for women to pursue careers in the field of business. In addition, there have been certain outliers who have been greatly successful in their business endeavours, and have thus inspired other women to pursue the same success. One such women is Susan McGalla.

McGalla conducted her undergraduate studies at Mount Union College, she received a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing. McGalla would use her education to achieve great success in the realm of business. She began her career at Joseph Horne Company. Following this she would go on to serve as a divisional merchandise buyer for women’s clothing at American Eagle Outfitters. Her success in this role and the managing positions that she held following it would lead to her becoming American Eagle Outfitter’s president and chief merchandising officer for the the American Eagle brand division. As she has before, McGalla was very successful in fulfilling her duties as president and chief merchandising officer. McGalla would eventually become the both the president and chief merchandising officer for the entire company. McGalla’s initiative and success at American Eagle Outfitters is highly indicative of her capabilities and business acumen. McGalla would eventually become a private consultant for both retail and financial investment firms. McGalla would serve on the Board of Directors for HFF Inc. Her past successes would earn the position of chief executive officer at Wet Seal Inc. McGalla would leave Wet Seal Inc. to found her own company. The company she founded is P3 Executive Consulting. In addition to her contributions and position at P3 Executive Consulting, McGalla is also the Director of Strategic Planning and Growth for the Pittsburgh Steelers, a professional American football team.

All of McGalla’s experience and success in her business endeavours speak volumes about who she it. All of the success she was able to bring to American Eagle Outfitters while she was their president and chief merchandising officer illustrates her capabilities and knowledge as a business professional. The fact that McGalla was able to accomplish the large amount that she did in the corporate world proves that she has an immense amount of determination and ambition. This is because the business world has only recently started to see an influx of women. The overall lack of women makes it much harder for a woman to succeed, let alone attain a position of importance. Despite such obstacles McGalla was able to overcome. For these reasons McGalla serves as an inspiration to all women aspiring to be business professionals.

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