CEO and businesswoman Susan McGalla has a lot of advice for women who want to break that glass ceiling. Not only has McGalla headed Fortune 500 companies Wet Seal and American Eagle Outfitters, she is also the creator of P3 Executive Consulting. Her company supplies expert services to clients on marketing, branding, staffing and more. She is a source of inspiration for women who want advice on how to make a mark in business. McGalla has given symposiums and spoken at several venues throughout the U.S. on women in business.
McGalla says her desire is to cut through all the BS and give women an authentic perspective. “Women want to be viewed as professionals, not women.”
McGalla says women have to work twice as hard as a man and develop a thick skin if you want to survive. She learned all about being tough while growing up with two older brothers and a high school coach father. McGalla says her father always taught her to never let the fact that she’s a woman be viewed as a detriment.
Her tough exterior readied her for what lie ahead. She’s always been comfortable in a setting with all men. Her confidence has always been the key to her moving up the ladder of success. She says women should never let the old stereotypes defeat them.
McGalla graduated from Mount College and went directly to work for Joseph Horne Company. It was there when she realized just how few women were in the board room. McGalla says she was determined to change all that. By the time she left Joseph Horne, she had completely overhauled the marketing division. Her next stop was at American Eagle Outfitters. She rose to the ranks of CEO and helped the company earn more money than it had seen in years.