Susan McGalla has always been a hard-working woman. Born in Ohio, she was raised in a family that believed in the value of hard work and determination. She carried that attitude with her as she moved into her career. She knew that the only way she would succeed would be if she poured everything she had into what she did.
In the article, “How Pittsburgh’s Susan McGalla Paved the Way for Women in Leadership” author Joe Williams discusses some of the triumphs experienced by McGalla and how to address the lack of gender diversity in leadership positions of S&P 500 companies. The article, available at Phillypurge.com, brings up some very interesting ideas about how women in McGalla’s position can help support the next generation of female executives.
For McGalla, it has never been exclusively about her gender. While it is a factor, she believes that there is something to be said for letting your work speak for itself. She also explains that she has never carried a sense of entitlement or paid attention to prejudice. It appears McGalla is only interested in controlling the one thing she can control, herself.
With such a strong woman present in today’s business world, the author asks what can be done to encourage more women into these leadership roles. While gender initiatives mean well, they are not necessarily making an impact. The number of women in leadership positions has not increased as dramatically as expected from these programs. The problem, Williams purposes, is that women are not actively spending time with positive role models such as McGalla. With programs more centered on fostering a mentor relationship, women may be empowered to make more of a push into those roles.
Currently, McGalla is still excelling in the business world today. Her determination has moved her from a management position in a small company to the President of American Eagle Inc. She enjoyed a successful career at the top of her field while there and eventually left to found her own consulting company. She also serves as the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Read more about Susan McGalla: http://bitsylink.com/2017/06/14/susan-mcgalla-as-a-high-performing-business-woman-in-the-corporate-world/