According to statistics, companies that are gender diverse have a success rate that is 15% higher than other companies. Entrepreneur Susan Mcgalla is well aware of these statistics, and she has done her best to steer companies in that direction.
McGalla currently owns her own company P3 Executive Consulting. She has also run to highly-successful Fortune 500 companies.
While many people applaud McGalla for her trailblazing efforts, she says her ascension to the boardroom was not as difficult as some may think. While most of the companies she worked for were dominated by men, McGalla says she took everything her father instilled in her as a youth and applied it to her workplace.
She grew up with two brothers and a coach father. She was always taught the value of hard work and a great work ethic. One thing her father and brothers instilled in her is to never let her gender define her.
McGalla graduated from Union College with a degree in marketing. She began working at Joseph Horne straight out of college. She carried that experience over to American Eagle Outfitters. McGalla says at the beginning of her career, women in the boardroom were few and far between.
While at American Eagle, she worked in marketing and management. Because of her hard work, she was installed as the company CEO. McGalla was responsible for the company’s success and wild growth.
After her stint with American Eagle, she decided to open her own company. P3 Executive Consulting helps businesses with many business issues such as accounting, finance, and human resources. She currently sits on several boards and is also the current Director of Marketing with the Pittsburgh Steelers organization.
McGalla says there needs to be more sponsors out there to help women who seek CEO positions. While she is happy with the progress, she hopes more women accept CEO positions.