It is a fact that companies that hire, both, women and men are more likely to do better than companies that do not. The reason for this is believed to be because companies with a more diverse base of workers are more open to fresh ideas and new perspectives. While this is true, not many women are in C-level positions in S&P 500 companies, but Susan McGalla is one of the few women who is.
McGalla never had anything handed to her and had to work very hard to get to the top of American Eagle Outfitters. She also worked hard to become the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers in a field dominated by men. While initiatives that favor women in the workplace have been increasing in number, they are not the answer. They have been tried, and if they had any effect, we would be seeing the results by now.
Instead, a new idea has come into play, and that the solution of Executive Sponsorship opportunities. These sponsors can be like a corner-person for women and can work with them to make new opportunities. An Executive Sponsor can help to motivate businesses to invest in women by offering incentives, and male leaders can also play roles in encouraging their organizations to fill key executive roles with women.
Susan McGalla is the former president of American Eagle Outfitters Inc. and a successful businesswoman. She grew up in East Liverpool, Ohio and attended Mount Union College where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in marketing and business. To this day, she sits on the Board of Advisors for the college. For the first 8 years of her career she held different managerial and marketing positions at Joseph Horne Company.
Her working career began with her taking on different managerial and marketing positions within the Joseph Horne Company for roughly eight years. After this time, she worked with American Eagle Outfitters in several different positions eventually becoming the CMO of the company. To this day, Susan McGalla looks to improve the workplace for women.