While women entrepreneurs and innovators are not always at the front cover of Forbes magazine, there are many that deserve credit for bringing new ideas to certain industries and running companies successfully for many years. One such woman is Susan McGalla who founded P3 Executive Consulting in Pittsburgh and is also the Director Of Creative Strategy for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ fan merchandising department. McGalla certainly looks back at each company she’s led with a great sense of accomplishment, but when it comes to her being a woman that’s done it, she’s kept that card off the table.
She was once asked about what it was like to be one of the few women presidents of a big company. What she told the media outlet who asked that was that she only looked at it as being the accomplishment of a person, and that it was never ever about doing something a woman never had done. The media outlet was pretty surprised at that answer, yet McGalla really has always lived by that standard of never using a gender card to get promotions because it runs against everything her parents taught her. And she continues to preach the same thing to young women who she speaks to at various gatherings.
Susan McGalla grew up in a small town known in East Liverpool, OH and says right from an early age that she often was out working with her older brothers on the farm. She studied business at Mt. Union College and from there worked several years as a merchandising officer for the Joseph Horne Company. She took some creative ideas she gleaned from there to American Eagle Outfitters next, and at that company had so much success introducing new product ideas that she was promoted to head Chief Merchandising Officer and company president where she stayed until 2009. One accomplishment she does look at during her time there is bringing some fashion lines that have brought more women customers to the retailer. In addition to her work at P3 Executive Consulting and the Steelers’ merchandise department, she also is on the Board of Trustees at Mount Union.
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