Breaking the “Glass Ceiling” and Helping Women Succeed in Business: Susan McGalla

Susan McGalla is a role model for women who want to break the glass ceiling. Her successful career as a consultant for a male-dominated company provides the proof that women can succeed in whatever they do. McGalla’s background is interesting. Her father and two brothers actively encourage her to push boundaries that most women are afraid to cross. She knows that she can count on them to not mollycoddle her and give her information she needs to do her job.

McGalla’s expertise is in the fashion industry. She has worked for American Eagle Outfitters and WetSeal on a number of marketing campaigns. She started her own company, P3 Executive Consulting, as a way to capitalize on her experience as a marketing professional. American Eagle Outfitters did provide McGalla with the tools she needed to make it on her own. One of her biggest challenges was pushing through the stigma associated with women working in a male-dominated industry.

Breaking the glass ceiling isn’t easy. There are many obstacles to overcome. McGalla’s pluck and determination are what has helped her overcome some of these obstacles. McGalla understands that there are going to be men that feel threatened by her tenacity to get the job done. She also understands that it does take support from like-minded women to truly succeed in business.

McGalla has had some successes. Her biggest accomplishment was becoming President and Chief Merchandising Officer at American Eagle Outfitters. This is considered a big accomplishment because American Eagle Outfitters had only male executives on staff. Her experience at WetSeal cemented the skills she acquired at American Eagle. She was then able to take that experience and use it to start her own consulting business.

Challenges are part of life. McGalla realizes that meeting challenge does take strength and flexibility. It is important to understand that you can’t just sit and wait for things to happen. McGalla proves every day that you must take action and assert yourself. It also takes creativity and determination to move forward and strive to be the best you can be. McGalla reflects that her upbringing helped.

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