Women Making Moves Featuring Susan P. McGalla

Susan P. McGalla, the founder of P3 Executive Consulting, is a branding, operational coherence, talent management, and marketing pundit. Additionally, she is the chief merchandising officer and president of the clothing brand, American Eagle. This company was established 23 years ago at a teen retailer when the administrative offices portrayed the brand as a sporty wear which basically centered on men rather than women.

However, this sexist representation did not faze Susan who previously worked at Joseph Home Co. Department stores as she was under the impression that the American Eagle management judged her based on her work merit and ideas. Susan McGalla was appointed to her present position which makes her the head of design, merchandising, and marketing of the brand graced by the American teens. Susan led a celebration in October on the south side in honor of their moving headquarters.

Susan McGalla grew up in a male dominated household. Having a football coach for a father and two elder brothers, she never received any special treatment for being a girl. She says that she was always encouraged to exercise hard work and portray her great ideas in confidence irrespective of the crowd. She deems her gender and everyone else’s gender as an irrelevant factor. This has helped promote her confidence, and she feels equally comfortable working with both women and men. Susan adds that she has excelled working with both sexes.

Her self-imposed confidence has been a key contributor to her success. Susan McGalla attained her BA from Mount Union College and later began her career journey at the Joseph Horne Company. In 1994 she found her niche serving at the American Eagle Outfitters.

Susan McGalla explains that when she started out at American Eagle, the firm was a predominantly male company. There were no women on the board or in executive positions. She still managed to succeed despite the obvious male dominance in the firm. She adds that through success and hard work, she managed to excel in a career that she considers a lifetime experience. She was lucky enough to secure various executive positions while at American Eagle Outfitters and gradually becoming the chief merchandising officer and the president of the company. Her undeniable rise in the company triggered true culture change where men and women collaborated to create the most successful and inspiring mixed cultures between 2000 and 2010.

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