Susan McGalla: An American Businesswoman

UPDATE: February 27th, 2017: Susan McGalla is proud to announce the newly name vice presidents to the Steelers family! Read more here:

http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2016/07/28/Steelers-GM-Colbert-others-named-vice-presidents/stories/201607280169

 

Susan McGalla is an American businesswoman who is best known for her work with the professional football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. She is originally from East Liverpool, Ohio where she grew up with two brothers and a father who coached the local football team. After high school, McGalla attended college at Mount Union College where she received her Bachelor’s degree in both marketing and business.

After graduating from college, Susan McGalla began her career in marketing at Joseph Horne Company, a department store in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After leaving her position at the Joseph Horne Company, McGalla settled into a position at American Eagle Outfitters. At American Eagle Outfitters, McGalla started off as the divisional merchandise buyer for the women’s clothing division. Throughout her years at the company, McGalla climbed the ranks and worked her way up to chief merchandising officer and president of American Eagle Outfitters. During her time as the company’s president, she helped launch new brands such as 77kids and aerie.

In January of 2009, McGalla made the decision to leave the company to start a new venture as a private consultant for the retail industry. Most recently, Susan McGalla has started up her own company- P3 Executive Consulting, LLC. With P3 Executive Consulting, LLC, McGalla works to consult clients on matters such as operational efficiency, marketing, branding, and much more. She also serves as the Strategic Planning and Growth Director for the NFL team the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Susan McGalla credits not just her education for being a strong woman in business, but her family as well. From a young age she was taught that she had value as a person, not as a man or woman. Her parents emphasized that hard work, not gender, would get her to where she wanted to go in not just her career but her life as well. The early teachings from her family upbringing allowed her to grow to be a confident person who is able to present her ideas and discuss varying topics that she feels passionate about. McGalla has said that this has allowed her to never feel like she is trying to break through the proverbial glass ceiling in her career and ignore any gender prejudice. She has said that she hopes other up-and-coming businesswomen are able to approach there careers with the same sort of mindset that made her so successful.

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