Susan McGalla Urges Women To Take Chances

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Superstar corporate CEO Susan McGalla wants all women to know that they can achieve whatever they desire. All it takes is hard work and the right attitude. McGalla is in the sorority of female executives on BizJournals who managed to climb the corporate ladder all the way to the top. She has successfully run several corporations and left them in much better condition than she found them.

But as Susan McGalla will tell people, it hasn’t been all peaches and cream. “It’s been a very challenging ride sometimes.” Even in this day and age, women in the boardroom isn’t acceptable to some men. There is still a great deal of misogyny and backwards thinking. “Unfortunately, a few men who still think women should be barefoot and pregnant,” said Susan.

Susan McGalla learned her never say never attitude at a young age. She grew up in a family with two older brothers and a father, who was a football coach. It was her family’s philosophy – what didn’t kill you, simply made you stronger. Susan has taken that attitude everywhere she’s worked.

McGalla got her first taste of the corporate world right out of college at Joseph Horne Company. She worked in management and noticed there weren’t too many women moving up. That didn’t necessarily concern her, she just used it as a tool to work even harder. After 7 years, she moved on to American Eagle Outfitters. After proving herself to be a formidable asset, she was installed as CEO. Susan McGalla worked extremely hard to make the company the best it could be.

But she wasn’t done yet. After 10 years, she was named CEO of Wet Seal Inc. Although her tenure at the company was short, she learned a great deal. Susan soon realized it was time for her to spread her wings and run her own company. In 2009, Susan McGalla founded P3 Executive Consulting. She has a staff of professionals who help guide and shape other corporations.

Susan says she may delve back into the corporate world some day. But for now, she’s enjoys helping others cultivate their full potential. She urges all women to take that step. Regardless of how intimidating it may seem, it is a tremendous opportunity to help yourself and others around you grow. Read the full article at

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