Entrepreneur and Consultant, Susan McGalla

It has been proven by statistics that businesses that embrace gender balance are likely to perform better than companies that do not. Also, firms that adopt ethnic miscellany are expected to perform more those that do not. Think of it as the reason why it is good to accept new ideas from different people. The one thing, however, that has not changed in many institutions and companies is the fact that a tiny percentage of women only hold the prestigious top leadership roles.

Susan, having to work for what she wanted since she was a child, worked tirelessly with a display of hard work and dedication and was finally able to achieve top positions in companies that she worked with. For a long time, the American Eagle Outfitters had an executive that was purely led by men. Susan changed this when she became the company’s president. After leaving this business, she became a Vice President of a few others.

Women may often feel that chances for their success in both business and leadership are meager. Others may lack the chances like those of Susan. However, some groups that support women leaders have come up. These organizations provide opportunities for women to rise in business and prove that high ranks are not meant for only men. Executive sponsors, therefore, is one of the ways to diminish the gender discrimination that exists in most companies and firms.

Susan McGalla was born in Ohio. Her father was a local football coach, and she grew up with her two brothers. Her background, in a way, molded her into what and who she is today. She learned to be confident while she was young, and also realized that there was no way to achieve whatever she wanted if she did not work for it. Susan graduated from Mount Union College with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing.

She currently stands as the founder of P3 Executive Consulting. Through this, she consults her clients on marketing, talent management, among other issues. She is the advisor of the board of Mount Union College and also holds board positions at HFF Inc., and the Managee-Women’s Hospital Research Institute and Foundation. Susan is the former CEO of Wet Seal Inc. and director of Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

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