Susan McGalla: CEO and Role Model

American Eagle is one of the most popular brands among young adults in America, but it would not be the company that it is today without the work of Susan McGalla. McGalla is a professional originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has a degree in marketing and business from Mount Union College. She has a past rooted in the business side of fashion. As the former president of American Eagle and chief executive of Wet Seal, McGalla is well familiar with a role in leadership, which she credits to the influence that her father and brothers had on her when she was younger. Still there’s one person that gets full credit for McGalla’s work: herself.

By working hard and striving to success, McGalla went from a buyer for American Eagle to their president, but she didn’t stop there. She has moved higher and higher up the ladder until she earned her current position as vice president of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the National Football Team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. McGalla’s tenacity, drive, and business-minded attitude have clearly done her well as she creates business strategies for one of the most well-known names in football.

McGalla proves that women can pursue high levels in business and has blazed a path for other women striving for success. She has also made a name for herself on the business side of professional sports. Many of the executives working for the Steelers are men,so McGalla’s intrinsic role in the company displays that gender does not matter, regardless of what field you’re in.

Still, gender discrimination unfortunately still exists, as noted by the male dominated fields that McGalla is in; she is the exception to the rule. We need to make a change and pave the way for more women like McGalla to be in power. If women like McGalla show us that it is possible to succeed in a male dominated field and empower other women with the resources to do so, we will find more successful, diverse work atmospheres where men and women work as equals.

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