WITH SUSAN McGALLA ON SECRETS TO SUCCESS

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Susan McGalla is an American Businesswoman and expert consult who currently is the director of strategic planning and growth for the Pittsburgh Steelers. She is the founder and president of P3 Executive Consulting LLC.It advices people within and outside the retail business on branding and profiling, supply and organization. She was the former CEO of Wet Seal and worked as the president of American Eagle Outfitters. She is married to Stephen McGalla and lives in Pittsburgh with him and the two children. Mrs McGalla was born in 1961 and grew up in a family of 2 boys and a football coach father. It was a pretty high octane family in which her gender never really mattered. This environment shaped her perspective to what she is today. She received her in BA from Mount Union University. She then joined Joseph Horne Company in 1986.She was to work here till 1994 when she joined the American Eagle Outfitters. By then, it was an exclusively male attire company. She managed to convince them to start a women’s division where she was assigned, by then there were no female board members. Through sheer hard work, dedication and results, she has managed to reach a place, any women can only dream. She was made the chief merchandising officer in January 2003.By January of 2007; she was named the President and Chief Merchandising Officer of American Eagle Outfitters. McGalla grew revenue from $ 340 million to more than $ 3 billion. The profit rose to $ 400 million, the stores to 1100 and over 28,000 employees. She had a remarkable career at the Eagle and by March 2009, it was time to leave. She founded an independent consultancy for the retail industry. In January 2011, she was back in the corporate the world. This time as the C.E.O of Wet Seal inc.It was at that time a struggling outfit. She was also expectant with her second born. Against all odds, she led the company on a recovery path. In 2013, she decided to relaunch her consultancy dream with P3 Executive Consulting LLC. She also recently took up a post at her childhood team the Pittsburgh steers. Susan McGalla is a woman who has had it all,a successful career and a family. The formula for her success has eluded many women .On being asked what makes her an exceptional woman, she replied because she never carries a chip on her saying what to expect as a woman. She believes in dedication, hard work and results. That’s what drives her. She has encouraged young girls everywhere to seek higher education. It’s the secret to infinite possibilities. With growth, women will find strength in numbers. Women in the workplace have been found to be less ambitious. She encourages them to have goals and strive towards those objectives courageously. She also advises women to ignore the glass ceiling but instead concentrate on work ethic. With hard work and the right team, anyone will go far.

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