When I think of women in business, I often think of Susan McGalla. As a successful American businesswoman who achieved much at a fairly young age, McGalla is a wonderful example of how women can reach their goals in a male-dominated profession.
Born in 1964 in East Liverpool, Ohio, Susan McGalla graduated from the University of Mount Union with a bachelor’s in business and marketing. She still serves on the UMU’s Board of Advisors. Right away, as a fresh business graduate, McGalla dove into the industry head first, ready to make her way in a career that has largely been occupied by men.
Susan McGalla serves as a prime example of a woman who began her business career at a very young age, yet succeeded in many pursuits. In her roles at various advisory, managerial, and marketing positions, she shows young, aspiring female business students and entrepreneurs that the world of business can indeed be tackled by women.
Best known for her role as Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Susan McGalla has also worked in many other high profile business capacities. At the age of 22, McGalla began working in marketing and management at the Joseph Horne Company. Shortly after this she began working for American Eagle Outfitters.
When McGalla began working for American Eagle, the company was still largely focused on supplying apparel to male customers, check ireport.cnn.com. In spite of this male-oriented atmosphere, McGalla succeeded in rising to the top of the company, serving as chief merchandising officer and president.
Later in her career, after working for many big name companies, McGalla became a private consultant for financial investment companies and the retail industry. She was also appointed the Board of Directors of the commercial real estate enterprise, HFF Inc. Hop over to Bloomberg.com.
These are just a few of the many reasons why I admire Susan McGalla