Susan McGalla is an executive and senior consultant who has worked in American business for a number of decades. Susan McGalla was born in East Liverpool, Ohio and attended Mount Union College. During her time there she displayed a strong sense of leadership and served on the college board of advisors while she earned a degree in business and marketing.
Susan McGalla soon found success in the business world where she became the President of American Eagle Outfitters. She then went on to work for the company Wet Seal LLC and became the Chief Executive Officer. Susan McGalla has strong connections to the community where she served on the Board of Trustees for the University of Pittsburgh. She has Magee-Womens Hospital Research Institute and Foundation. Susan McGalla currently sits on the board of HFF Inc. This company provides commercial real estate services.
Susan McGalla has personally served as an example of the success women can have in the business world. She currently works to promote women in business with a specific focus on Women’s Executive Scholarships. This is a relatively new way to promote women in business, and Susan McGalla encourages these scholarships over traditional women’s leadership councils. Susan McGalla explains that these women’s leadership councils tend to isolate women from the rest of a business, and that the major purpose of these women’s leadership councils is for them to falsely show that a business is trying to encourage women’s executive leadership. However, a program such as a women’s executive scholarship program offers an active means for a women to enter into executive roles in a company. This provides the experience and connections that women need in order to find success leading major corporations.
Susan McGalla is able to provide many reasons why companies should promote both women’s leadership and leadership by women of color. She is able to show that a company with women’s leadership generally performs fifteen percent better than a company with no women’s leadership. Susan McGalla also shows the lack of women’s representation in C- leadership roles while showing the benefits that come from placing women in these roles.