In the business world, women like Susan McGalla are making their own mark. Like many other women, she has cracked that glass ceiling because of her hard work, tenacity and ability to overcome any challenge. She has stared down and conquered glaring inequities faced by many women in the corporate world such as sexism, unequal pay and lack of respect.
When McGalla first started out after graduating from Mount College, there were very few women in the board room. Today, not only is she proving that women can succeed in the board room, they can also successfully run their own companies. McGalla started her marketing and merchandising career at Joseph Horne Co. After an 8-year stint, she moved on to American Eagle Outfitters. McGalla moved through the ranks and eventually became CEO. She launched a number of initiatives to help women determined to succeed on the executive level. Wet Seal was her next stop. After a year, McGalla decided it was time to strike out on her own and accomplish her long-term goal of owning her own company.
Pittsburgh-based P3 Executive Consulting currently helps corporations achieve success in finance, personnel recruitment, location and other pertinent areas. She is also the Director of Strategic Planning and Growth for the Pittsburgh Steelers. McGalla attributes her success to hard work, passion and confidence. McGalla says no women should expect things to be served up on a silver platter. Regardless of the obstacles, women can achieve great things if she has the will and determination.
McGalla has no problem with making herself known. She says that the roadblocks that locked women out many years ago are nearly non-existent now. Thankfully, through legislation and changing attitudes, women have the ability to present themselves as formidable leaders in the corporate world. McGalla says she tries to be a positive role model for women rising up through the ranks. The opportunities are there, but women just have to assert themselves, according to Mcgalla.