In a world of the Good Old Boys Club women are a long way to reaching equality with men in the executive suites of the American corporate office. But there are ways to break into and not out of the all-male executive business world.
First, women need to stick together with other women in the workplace, there is strength in numbers and when one woman succeeds, the others are sure to follow. Secondly, women should find a male decision making sponsor to be in their corner. If a male executive sponsor, implies that a woman be responsible to make valuable executive decisions, it will break the good old boys club scenario of giving the job to the male executive that they played golf with the prior weekend. The end result is that the woman executive will gain “value” as a decision maker within the organization , move up in the ranks, and prove to pave the way for women executives to follow. One such woman who has proven that women are powerhouses in the business world is Susan McGalla.
Susan McGalla is an inspiring woman business executive who believes her ability to be successful in a moderately boys club world is due to growing up in a household with 2 brothers and a father who treated her no differently from her two brothers or the football team players that he coached. A life that would benefit her greatly in her current position of VP of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Prior to holding the post of Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Susan accomplished a number of increasingly successful career moves such as founding P3 Executive Consulting. Prior to that she worked her way up through the corporate retail company, American Eagle Outfitters. Susan McGalla left American Eagle Outfitters as President of the company to become the Chief Executive Officer of Wet Seal Incorporated.
Susan McGalla’s education includes a BA Degree in both Business and Marketing from Mount Union College.