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Mrs. Susan McGalla, Prominent American Businesswoman

October 6, 2015 - Author: steph

Mrs. Susan McGalla is an American businesswoman who is best known for her rise through the ranks of American Eagle Outfitters, until she became the Chief Merchandising Officer of AEO, Inc.

Susan McGalla came from humble upbringings, where her father was the local football coach in East Liverpool, Ohio. Upon graduating high school, McGalla attended nearby Mount Union College and earned a degree in business and marketing. After earning her undergraduate degree, she started working at Joseph Horne Company in 1986. Susan kept working at Joseph Horne until 1994, when then company went under. After having to transition from Joseph Horne, she started working at American Eagle Outfitters as a divisional merchandise buyer of clothing for women.

After a few years with American Eagle, she became the President and CMO of the American Eagle Brand. Shortly after, she earned the title of President and CMO of the entire American Eagle Outfitters Incorporation. She stayed there until 2009, because she wanted to open doors in her private consulting career.

She currently runs her own consulting company, P3 Executive Consulting. Mrs. McGalla lends her services to all types of businesses, mostly larger businesses. McGalla is also currently involved with the NFL Team, The Pittsburgh Steelers, and serves as the Director of Strategic Planning and Growth. Assuming the responsibilities of both the Pittsburgh Steelers and P3 Executive Consulting is a tough responsibility, especially for a businesswoman in today’s day and age.

Mrs. Susan McGalla is also very involved with women’s rights and helping young on, aspiring American businesswomen in succeeding in overcoming the gender gap. The gender gap in the United States workforce is not nearly as wide as it used to be, when Susan McGalla first entered the business world, it was hard for a woman to climb the rungs of the corporate ladder.

The gender gap in business executive positions in the United States is still very much existent, unfortunately. Mrs. McGalla was able to overcome this gap through a strong worth ethic and not pulling the gender card. Susan attributes her success to being raised by a football coach and living with two brothers. Susan was treated just as equally as her two brothers were, which greatly helped her enter the top-tier business executive realm.

For any young, aspiring women who want to join the management industry, please consider the gender gap, and the things that you can do to get past it.

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