Susan McGalla has spent her life as a woman in a male-dominated world. In a recent interview with PhillyPurge.com, Susan highlighted what has made her so successful as a woman in business over the past 30-plus years. She suggests that growing up in a male-dominated household (her father was a football coach) made her understand at an early age that hard work was going to be her way to the top. Her strategy of making it a point to be able to work with both men and women is what helped her drive to the top of the corporate world. Although the imaginary “glass ceiling” still exists in pockets of the corporate world, success stories like Susan’s should be an example for women nationwide.
She is currently the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the National Football League’s Pittsburgh Steelers. Susan was born and raised in Liverpool, Ohio and graduated from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. In 1986, she joined the Joseph Horne Company, a regional department store in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in a variety of marketing roles. She joined American Eagle Outfitters in 1994 as a divisional merchandise buyer and quickly moved up the ladder, eventually becoming CMO and President of the company.
Susan left American Eagle in 2009 and spent some time as a private marketing consultant. In 2009, she was appointed to the Board of Directors at HFF, Inc., a commercial real estate servicer. She took over as CEO of Wet Seal, Inc. in 2011 and left there in 2012. Along with her role with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Susan owns her own consulting firm, P3 Executive Consulting. Susan continues to live in a man’s world and in many ways has outperformed her peers at the many stops that she has made. Never the one to back down from a challenge, Ms. McGalla is the definition of a leader.