Susan McGalla is Breaking Barriers and Changing the Game

“It’s a man’s world, but it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or a girl.” James Brown sang this lyric, and it resonates truth. Susan McGalla has made an imprint in the world of business, by becoming a trailblazer for every woman seeking to break the glass barrier. Instead of having a pity party, McGalla took the bulls by the horns by being driven and determined to make a statement in a predominantly man’s dominion. It all started in her roots due to her family not treating her differently due to her gender. She learned that just because of her being a female that you must work diligently to grasp onto what you desire.


Susan McGalla climbs the ladder in American Eagle Outfitters until she reached the position of being president before her departure. Many women can lose self-confidence and become defeated in this industry, for jobs they desire can be given to a man. Sometimes, women are overlooked for a job of a lifetime but remind yourself to not be discouraged. When one door closes, another opens it up, and most of the time it is better than what you anticipated.


Susan McGalla was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, raised alongside her brothers with her football coach father. Earning a business and marketing degree from Mount Union College, she journeyed on to the launching of her profession at Joseph Horne Company. After nine years, there she set the trail for American Eagle Outfitters, starting as a divisional merchandise buyer for women’s clothing.


Working her way to different leadership roles in the company, she made her last transition as the president before she left. McGalla suffered through some losses in career but bounced back with the establishment of her consulting business, P3 Executive Consulting. Now she is the VP of Business Strategy and Creative development for the Pittsburgh Steelers. McGalla has proven that there are obstacles that can be disheartening but strong will and determination will help you overcome them.

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