Susan McGalla Guides Other Businesswomens’ Assent of the Corporate Ladder

There are multiple programs that exist to promote workplace gender diversity by helping women to succeed in the corporate world. These efforts involve networking between businesswomen and strategy sessions to help them devise a plan for building a successful business. Further, these programs enable businesswomen to learn from peers who work in the same field and educate women to read the current business climate.

As sincere as their efforts have been these programs have not managed to surmount the stumbling blocks that obstruct their success. In the global corporate world, females hold only one-quarter of the executive positions. For all the efforts to help women move up the world of business is still an “old boys’ club”.

As Susan McGalla see it, this lack of parity is proof that a different solution is needed. Ms. McGalla believes that corporate sponsorship holds the key to helping women compete on a leveler corporate playing field.

Corporate sponsorship works thusly, a businesswoman who is serious about climbing the corporate ladder would take the initiative and find an already accomplished executive who is willing to advocate for her. The sponsor would open doors for their sponsee by endorsing them for important assignments or securing them lead positions on projects.

McGalla offers one other piece of advice for women who aspire to corporate leadership positions. Don’t develop a sense of entitlement because of perceived gender bias in the workplace.

Susan McGalla knows something about how to end up on the other side of the glass ceiling. A 1986 graduate of Mount Union College McGalla holds a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in business and marketing. Working for Joseph Horne Company in marketing and management positions after earning her degree gave Susan McGalla her earliest experiences in the corporate world.

In 1994 McGalla went to work for American Eagle Outfitters as a divisional merchandise buyer of women’s’ clothing. Over the course of 15 years, she advanced through the ranks of AEO’s management until achieving the position of Company CMO and President. Currently, McGalla is Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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