Susan McGalla Is a Trailblazer Among Female Executives

American businesswoman and consultant Susan McGalla is all about empowering women. She is one of the youngest women CEOs to ever run a Fortune 500 company. In fact, McGalla has run three. A feat that many men have yet to duplicate.

Considered a trailblazer by many, McGalla never let the glass ceiling keep her from living her dreams. After graduating from Union College, McGalla went straight to work for Joseph Horne Company. The first thing she notices is how few women were working on the executive level. After working for several years in the marketing department, McGalla moved on to American Eagle Outfitters. This is where she made her mark. Through hard work, McGalla earned the respect of her peers. She was named CEO in 1998.

McGalla always wanted to run her own company. But before she could do so, she was wooed by Wet Seal Inc. to serve as CEO. Feeling it wasn’t the right fit, she opted to jump into being an entrepreneur head-on. McGalla now runs the wildly successful P-3 Executive Consulting. The company offers services to up and coming business that are in need of help with staffing, funding, medical and much more.

While running her own company, McGalla also has a sweet side gig. The Pittsburgh native is the vice president of community relations with the Pittsburgh Steelers organization. She handles everything to do with fan support including her wheelhouse: apparel. McGalla says she’s learned a great deal from being a CEO. Her mission isn’t over. She says she wants to serve as a positive role model for women who have a dream of running a company.

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