Diversity is a largely discussed word in the corporate sector, irrespective of the industries. Gender-diversity, as well as ethnic diversity, are considered to be producing excellent results in the company performance while compared to non-diverse companies. Though many companies are investing largely on gender-diversity, the results are not visible in the leadership levels of the respective companies. Here, Susan McGalla, a highly successful corporate executive, explains what can contribute more women leaders into the corporate sector.
Susan McGalla is regarded as one of the highly successful women executives in the United States. Her journey in the career is a lesson for every aspiring woman who wanted to rule the corporate world. Interestingly, McGalla competed with male counterparts, without getting any privilege or consideration as a woman, and walked towards the leadership level. While her success is a unique story of hard work and dedication, not everyone is able to create their own path like McGalla and go forward.
She thinks that while women leadership initiatives are good for encouraging women to pursue their career, it cannot be considered as a fitting solution to the percentage of women at the leadership level. However, Susan McGalla feels that such initiatives are helpful for women to support each other, share knowledge, including latest trends in the industry, and more. McGalla thinks that Executive Sponsorship is an ideal choice for grooming women as leaders. The established women leaders can sponsor young women and create opportunities for them to grow. She thinks that even executive leaders can avail some incentives for grooming future women leaders.
Susan McGalla began her journey with American Eagle Outfitters, a leading retail firm, in 1994. Her hard work and dedication helped her to become the President of the company. She left American Eagle in 2009 and established P3 Executive Consulting, a capital and financial market based advisory firm. It also gives focused advises in the operations and strategies of the retail sector.
In 2015, she was appointed as the VP of the famous NFL franchise, The Pittsburgh Steelers, and took care of its creative development along with business strategy. McGalla earned her graduation in Business and Marketing from Mount Union College.