Susan McGalla has been recognized for paving the way in the business world for women. As of today, women are still not in as many leadership positions as men. During Susan’s entire career development she has ignored the stereotypes and stayed true to herself to obtain true success.
Growing up Susan was raised in a home with all men, her father and two brothers. Her family did not cripple her just because she was the only girl. Instead they taught her that she needed to work just as hard for everything that she wanted. McGalla took the lesson she learned at home and applied it to her professional life.
McGalla started working at American Eagle Outfitters early in her career. When she first started working with the company only men were in the high ranked executive positions. McGalla did not let that deter her, however. She worked extremely hard, and she soon became president of the company.
In addition to becoming president of American Eagle Outfitters, McGalla also founder her own company, P3 Executive Consulting. McGalla is the vice president of her company as well. P3 Executive Consulting provides business strategies for a popular football team, the Pittsburg Steelers.
Susan, along with other people in the business field, would like to see more women in leadership positions. There are different networks and support groups that support women with growing and training for leadership positions; however, that is not the problem. It has been discovered that women need support from other women who are actually in leadership positions in order to be successful. As of today, only about 25% of women are in leadership positions, this makes it extremely complicated for the 25% of women to support the overwhelming number of women who want to be leaders in their field.
Susan thinks the answer to this problem is sponsorship opportunities. If a women is well excelling in her professional field, a sponsor could help her advance to a high position according to Susan. Executive sponsors will give women exclusive projects so that they can showcase their ability to work. Executive sponsors should also advocate for women to put them into leadership positions. With hard work, like Susan has proven, anything is possible.