Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has a rich tradition of being a hard-working, blue-collar city. As a VP with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Susan McGalla takes the term “hard-working” to another level and has given an entire generation of women a female role model. In a recent interview with PhillyPurge.com, McGalla explained how she has risen to the top in a male-dominant corporate world. She talked about how she became a trailblazer for her gender and the explained challenges she faced over the years, while stressing the importance of women in business. While she is a shining example of how women can excel in all types of business, McGalla understands that her success is not as commonplace as it should be, given that diversity in leadership is proven to increase productivity. Susan continues to pursue lofty goals and exceed the expectations that are unfairly placed on executives of the female gender.
Susan was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, the daughter of a high school football coach. She attended Mount Union College (OH), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing. After college, McGalla worked in marketing at the Joseph Horne Company for nearly a decade. In 1994, she left the Horne Company and joined apparel giant American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) as a regional merchandise buyer. She parlayed that opportunity into management, climbing the ladder and eventually becoming President and Chief Merchandising Officer. After leaving AEO, Susan took over as Chief Executive Officer at Wet Seal Inc. She then started her own private consulting business, P3 Executive Consulting while focusing her efforts to helping companies refocus their merchandising platforms. She currently works as the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the National Football League’s Pittsburgh Steelers. Her current position goes to show that women can bring unbelievable value to even a male-dominated business.