Advice is all over on how women can overcome challenges and succeed in their careers. However, much of the information is either too pandering or too generic. Susan McGalla, the Founder of P3 Executive Consulting, LLC, provides consultancy services to her clients on marketing, branding, operational efficiencies, talent management, and more. She serves as an inspiration to many women who are looking to succeed in their endeavors and she has shared her insights through various platforms including the Carnegie Mellon University Speaker Series for CEOs and Girl’s Foundation of Pittsburgh.
Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan McGalla is a successful American businesswoman and executive consultant. Previously, she served at Wet Seal Inc., as CEO and American Eagle Outfitters Inc. as President. McGalla is a member of the board of directors of HFF Inc.
Sharing her story through an online platform, Susan McGalla said that most women are now looking for a real perspective that has practical application. Women are tired of buzzwords as well as party lines and they increasingly want to be identified for being professionals rather than mere women.
Susan McGalla grew up in a hard-working family. Her family encouraged her to speak out her ideas without fear and work hard for whatever she wanted in life her gender notwithstanding. Her background helped her to get along well with both women and men comfortably. Her family played a major role in instilling confidence in her without considering that she is a woman. The solid foundation contributed to her success. She holds a BA from Mount Union College. She started working at Joseph Home Company after graduating from college.
While at American Eagle, she was the only women in the company and she worked hard to earn success. She gained a lifetime experience working at the company. She worked her way up to be able to help build a successful aspirational corporate culture. She rose through ranks to become the company’s President and Chief Merchandising Officer at American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. Serving in the position, she was responsible for revenues of $3B, the P&L, an e-commerce site, and four brands.
Since then, Susan McGalla maintained a noble career becoming a leading consultant for prominent people in the finance sector whenever they need an insider’s perspective on the retail world. She credits her success to hard work, living her dream and flexibility. According to McGalla, her gender never influenced her career goals. She never felt entitled to anything just because she was a woman. Susan McGalla hopes that women across the world will take up the approach going into the future.