Susan McGalla: A Worldly Woman

Statistics show that businesses that employ a fairly equal amount of men and women are 15% more successful than other companies in their field. Likewise, companies that hire employees of varying ethnicities outperform their competitors by 35%.

Why is this so? The common belief is that companies that are open to hiring many different types of people are also open to new ideas. Those ideas often lead to innovative ventures which earn the company success.

Susan McGalla, one of Pittsburgh’s finest executive consultants, is the former chief executive of Wet Seal and former president of American Eagle. She was born and raised in Liverpool, Ohio to a football coach dad. In her early years, McGalla graduated from Mount Union College with a degree in business and marketing. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors for her alma mater.

Although many women have struggled to reach high positions in their companies, Susan McGalla prevailed. She is one of the few women who have succeeded in the corporate world, a male-dominated industry. Susan McGalla knows what it’s like to start at the bottom of the corporate ladder and have to work your way up. She is no stranger to hard work and believes that every employee, no matter his gender or ethnicity – can rise to the top if he just works hard enough.

McGalla was raised in a family of boys and learned quickly that she would have to work for everything that she wanted. In her mind, the word “woman” did not mean “weaker sex.” She has proven that she is just as competent as her male counterparts by having taken many leadership positions. McGalla is proof that it is not who you know but what you know and who you are that makes the difference when climbing the corporate ladder.

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