Susan McGalla has made the effort to open doors in the business world for women despite the fact men are hired for the majority of leadership positions. Companies with more diverse ethnic policies often outperform other companies by 35 percent. The percentage of women CEO’s working at S&P 500 companies are below six percent. These statistics have not changed Susan McGalla’s goals. She understands women are prevented from attaining higher positions in government and business due to the glass ceiling. She believes in the initiatives and networking women have created to support one another.
Susan McGalla has two brothers and her father coached football. She never received any special treatment for being female. She realizes most women have not reached her success level in business and believes this is unfair. She was the President of American Eagle Outfitters and is the Vice President of the Steelers. Most women never reach this type of position due to the barrier of the glass ceiling. Susan McGalla is fighting gender discrimination with sponsorship opportunities. This enables an experienced executive to create new opportunities for women as an insider. This type of endorsement often provides acceptance.
Susan McGalla is an advocate providing credibility to capable and deserving women. She believes sponsorship can help women attain higher positions. She feels incentives are necessary to motivate sponsorship. She learned a lot of negotiating skills during her childhood which have served her well in her career. She was taught to work hard and back her ideas with confidence.