It’s been proven in studies that businesses that are open to a more gender-diverse workplace will most likely find that they’ll outperform other companies by fifteen percent. Companies that are ethnically diverse will outperform companies that aren’t by around 35 percent. The percentages and results in both of the studies that were conducted greatly show that companies that are more diverse are open to new ideas and offer more perspectives. As interesting as the statistics are, there are still many S&P 500 companies with a small amount of women working in corporate C-level positions. The constant struggle for women to reach to the top in large corporations is sad reality.
American businesswomen, Susan McGalla recalls her time working as an American Eagle Outfitters’ divisional merchandise buyer. She said all of the executives at that time were men and she had used her business acumen to work her way up through the ranks. Susan McGalla ended up as the president of that company before she departed ways, thus her success shouldn’t be a rarity. There’s network support groups for women leaders to make connections, strategize and bounce ideas off one another. They address the problems that they face as well as work together to try to make a difference.
Susan P. McGalla is the current Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the American football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Prior to work with the Steelers, she founded and launched the P3 Executive Consulting, LLC in 2013. She would provide her insightful expertise pertaining to corporate retail and the fashion industry.
McGalla was born on May 31, 1964 in East Liverpool, Ohio. She graduated from Mount Union College with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing. Ms. McGalla served as a director of Allegheny Conference on Community Development and was a trustee for the University of Pittsburgh.