In 1964, Susan McGalla was born in the rural Ohio town of East Liverpool to one mother, two brothers, and a father who coached football – that made him as rough as fathers come, ultimately resulting in her two brothers ganging up on her with their fathers’ assistance on a regular basis.
Ms. McGalla realized from a young age that the social norm of the gender gap was meant to be broken. Over her 30-odd-year career, the bulk of which was spent in the fashion industry, Susan McGalla found herself on top of American Eagle Outfitters as its Chief Merchandising Officer and President. Ms. McGalla left the company just a few years after earning the doubly-important joint role to find employment at an even larger clothing company – that employer was none other than Wet Seal.
Susan started off her tenure at Wet Seal as its lead executive, though she soon thereafter left the corporate clothier in favor of creating P3 Executive Consulting, a popular consulting firm based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where Ms. Susan McGalla has spent most of her life and currently lives.
Ms. McGalla’s greatest accomplishment hasn’t been mentioned yet, however. She effectively paved a roadway by herself to gender equality in the workplace – at least more equal than the workplaces of Philadelphia and surrounding areas ever have been.
One of the identifiable, describable ways that Susan McGalla helped bring women in through was sponsoring opportunities for young women fresh out of college to work for companies Susan worked at.