Studies have proven that having gender diversity within the organization can make a firm to outperform other companies by 15 percent. Despite these apparent statistics, women are still having a hard time reaching high-level positions within organizations. It is only those who are resilient enough like Susan McGalla that have made it to the top.
Susan’s success is encouraging to many women out there who would like to break the glass ceiling as she did. Over the years, women initiatives have proven that women can work in executive positions. However, they have been unable to address the underlying issues. The main reason for this is that men hold a majority of power in businesses. For women to get to the top, the men must be brought on board too.
A strategy that seems to work with regards to breaking the gender discrimination cycle within organizations is to create sponsorship opportunities. Sponsors can collaborate with women to help them achieve their goals. Executive sponsors can be given some incentives, and this will encourage men to invest in women leaders.
About Susan McGalla
Susan was raised with her two brothers in Ohio. Her father was a football coach, who always mentored her to speak her ideas despite the audience. She went to Mount Union College where she received a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing. She is a member of the board of advisors to the college. Susan is happily married to a wealth manager, Mr. Stephen McGalla.
After completing college, Susan started her career at Joseph Home Company, where she worked from 1986 to 1994. Here, she worked in various managerial and marketing positions. From 1994 to 2009, Susan worked at American Eagle Outfitters. She joined in as a division merchandising buyer for women’s wear and rose through the ranks to become president. Susan established P3 consultants and is currently serving at the Pittsburg Steelers as the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development.