McGalla has accomplished and continues to accomplish more in her career than most businessmen would ever hope to accomplish. She has held many powerful positions such as President of American Eagle Outfitters where she oversaw the launch of two important brands Aerie and 77kids. After leaving American Eagle, she was a private consultant for investment companies in the retail and financial industries until she became CEO of Wet Seal. After leaving Wet Seal, McGalla founded her own consulting company, P3 Executive Consulting.
Susan McGalla will be the first to tell you that she did not get where she is because of playing the woman card or whining about special privileges just because she is a woman. She believes that gender really has nothing to do with her success at all. McGalla was raised in a house dominated, but instead of her getting away with just being the cute little girl, her parents talk her from the beginning to stand up and present her ideas in an orderly fashion no matter who was in the audience on Bloomberg. She believes that because she was expected to work hard and was not given any breaks for being a female, that it was that lesson that set her on her path for success. When she began at American Eagle, female board members were not even heard of. However, because she worked hard along with everyone else it resulted in the company gaining success.
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McGalla does hope that other women will follow her path and become successful in the business arena. However, when she speaks to other business women, she in fact makes the point that she did not make it to the top because or despite her gender. Susan McGalla made it to the top because she works hard, she is flexible, and will not give up on something that she is passionate about. It is not about achieving something because you are a woman, but about achieving something because that is what you believe in or that you want to achieve. McGalla herself states that it is not about wanting to “break glass ceilings”, it is about being the best person for the job.
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