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Susan McGalla, ‘The Woman of Steel’

Originating from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan McGalla is an ambitious business woman who has defied all odds to rise to the top most positions in the business world. The 53-year-old woman was born and bred in Ohio where she schooled in Mount Union College.

The wife to Stephen McGalla kicked off her career in the year 1986 at Joseph Horne Company where she served in marketing and held managerial positions till 1994. Thereafter, Susan moved to American Eagle Outfitters where she started off as a divisional merchandise. Her diligence and unwavering commitment to her work saw her rise through the scales of management to the position of the Chief Merchandising Officer (CMO) and the President of the company. During her term as the president of the company she oversaw and spearheaded the launch of American Eagle Outfitters Aerie and 77 kids’ brands.

In January 2009, the renowned businesswoman made her way out of American Eagle Inc. to work for the financial and retail investment industries as a private consultant. In October 2009, she became a board member of the HFF Inc. and was employed by Wet Seal Inc. as the Chief Executive Officer. She currently serves at Pittsburgh Steelers as the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development. She also founded a consultancy firm known as P3 Executive Consulting, a company she is widely known for.

Susan well acknowledges the challenges of being a woman, a mother, and a leader but she has never at any point let that hinder her from achieving her goals. She juggles in between these responsibilities and encourages other women that it is actually possible to do all these. She strongly believes that gender is a ‘non-issue’ when it comes to professionalism and delivering the expected results in their working place. She helps people, especially women, manage their talents and achieve their dreams in life regardless of the situations around them.

Susan McGalla has generally made a good name for herself and is a respected individual especially when it comes to fashion branding, a skill that she used to take American Eagle to the next level of doing business. She is a woman with great charisma and uses her knowledge and experience to encourage and lift up other women in the society. Many view her as a role model and a mentor, a role that she has taken on with great humility and pleasure. Doesn’t the society need more of such people!