Women face numerous challenges in their quest to reach the top level leadership positions in organizations. Susan McGalla is one woman who has worked his way to the top and a practical example to fellow women that they too can become leaders in the organizations they work for. Susan McGalla is an American business woman and an executive consultant from Pittsburgh. Susan credits her childhood as the pillar behind her success. She grew in a family of men two brothers and her father who was a football coach. From a tender age, McGalla knew she had to work hard and compete with her siblings to get what she desired. This is the lesson that she took with her in her career life and has helped her become a successful woman in leadership.
McGalla began her career at Joseph Horne Firm, where she served in several marketing and leadership positions from the year 1986 to 1994.She then moved to American Eagle Outfitters to work as a divisional merchandise buyer for women’s clothing and rose through the ranks to become the first woman president of the company. She then left and founded P3 Executive consulting where she is currently the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for Pittsburg Steelers. The industry is male dominated, and McGalla but McGalla has proved her critics wrong as she has outperformed her male colleagues. Notably, McGalla was one of the brains behind the innovative wear what we wear campaign that aimed at encouraging fans to buy the Steeler gear.
As much as McGalla success story is an inspiration to many women, women continue to face obstacles in finding their ways to the top leadership position. Women have been trying to address these issues for years now, and women networks initiatives have over the years provided women with a platform to share, strategize their businesses and make connections with other women in the industry. However despite these efforts still there is a big gap between men and women in leadership positions. Men are still holding the majority senior level positions in companies.
The executive sponsorship program is one solution that can help solve gender imbalance in organizations. The sponsorship program can help create new opportunities for women. The program is supposed to recommend and advocate for women to be on the forefront on important projects and assignments.