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How Susan McGalla Rose To The Top Of The Corporate Ladder

Susan McGalla is an accomplished businesswoman who has led some of the most known retail brands in the nation. She has also served as a retail consultant and is presently with The Pittsburg Steelers, LLC as their Vice President of Strategy and Creative Development. She is an expert at marketing, branding, operational efficiencies, and corporate strategy.

In 1986, Susan McGalla started her professional career at Joseph Horne Company. During the eight years she was with this company she served in a variety of marketing and managerial roles. In 1994 she joined American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. where she stayed for 15 years. After a series of promotions, she ultimately was named President of the company and its Chief Merchandising Officer. She also worked for The Wet Seal, Inc. as its Chief Executive Officer for one and a half years.

Susan McGalla has spent four years of her career as in independent retail industry consultant. Her deep experience in marketing and managing made her a sought out advisor to those in the financial industry as well.

As a woman who has led companies, Susan McGalla has been sought out to speak at many conferences around the United States. Among her speaking engagements are the Women and Girls Foundation of Pittsburg. She has also been a part of the Carnegie Mellon University Speaker Series for CEOs. She has said that women don’t want to be targeted as women but rather as professionals. Her upbringing helped her be comfortable working with both men and women as she grew up in a house with two brothers and parents who encouraged her to work hard. Her parents also encouraged her to confidently speak up about the good ideas she had regardless of who the audience was.