One of the things about a glass ceiling is that it takes time and persistence to continue to crack it within a given industry. Sometimes it can take contributions from more than one individual in order to finally shatter that glass ceiling. Within the corporate business world Susan McGalla is one such person who is paving the way for generations of women to come after her.
McGalla’s background makes her uniquely qualified for her role in the business world. Indeed, she grew up with two rough-and-tumble and a dad who coached football. She took that early experience and rose through the ranks of American Eagle Outfitters, and then struck out on her own as the founder of P3 Executive Consulting. It is also because of her early background that Susan McGalla is surprisingly qualified for her current role as Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers. She has been lauded within the NFL organization for her creative, out-of-the-box thinking, including a campaign called “wear what we wear” which markets Steeler gear to fans of the team.
When she reflects on her career, she is well aware of the immense amount of initiatives designed to address the gender gap within the business world. Because of this, she is aware of what works and what doesn’t. She realizes that all the initiatives in the world are valueless if they are only a certain amount of women in the corporate world. Instead, McGalla loves to promote the idea of executive sponsorship. Both male and female executives must promote women for a variety of leadership roles within the workforce. Then and only then will change occur.
About Susan McGalla
Susan McGalla rose through the ranks in the business world simply by good old fashioned hard work. She has held leadership roles at American Eagle and her own consulting firm. She believes that “carrying a chip on your shoulder” is not the best approach for women to get ahead in the working world.