Susan McGalla never carried a chip on her shoulder about being a woman in business. Her hard work and dedication to excellence has made her a leader and her field. Susan is the founder of P3 Executive Consulting LLC. She specializes in consulting clients on branding, talent management, operational efficiencies and marketing. McGalla has an interesting view about how women can get ahead in business. Audiences are attracted to her insights. Other women are inspired by her story.
Susan credits her upbringing as the foundation for her success in business. Susan McGalla’s father was a football coach who did not take it easy on her because she was a girl. She was expected to carry her own weight in the family and apply herself to whatever goals she had set. Her two older brothers also reinforced the idea that Susan would be able to accomplish whatever aspirations she had in life.
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American Eagle was a male-dominated company when Susan joined their ranks. She was the only woman on the board. She credits this experience with giving her a tremendous education on how to move forward in business. McGalla would go on to hold many different positions as she continued to ascend through the ranks at American Eagle Outfitters Inc. She became President and Chief of Merchandising. This made her responsible for revenues of up to three billion dollars, as well as managing the company’s brands. Susan McGalla continues to provide consulting to the top executives in finance. Her expertise in retail has made her a highly sought-after leader in the industry.