There are many successful business women out there in today’s world that have overcome a wide range of obstacles and still came out stronger than most. These women are good role models for all young women out there who may need a confidence booster for getting started in pursuing their dreams. The most influential successful business woman currently is Susan McGalla. McGalla was just your average girl from East Liverpool, Ohio where she was raised by her mother and father and grew up with two older brothers. McGalla grew a love for football because of her dad being a local football coach. This leads her to become the vice president of business strategy and creative development for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Aside from having grown up to love football and later became the vice president of a very popular football team McGalla also went to college and was able to complete her Bachelor’s degree in business and marketing. Susan McGalla ended up marrying a wealth manager named Stephan McGalla. After college, Susan McGalla went to work for a regional department store company by the name of Joseph Horne Company. McGalla worked for Joseph Horne Company from 1986 through 1994. In 1994, she got hired on as a divisional merchandise buyer of women’s clothing for American Eagle Outfitters. McGalla worked in many managerial positions for American eagle outfitters after being their divisional merchandise buyer and after a lot of hard work, she even became their president and CMO. CMO stands for chief merchandising officer. As most people know American Eagle Outfitters was very focused on Athletic clothing for men back in 1994. With McGalla as president American Eagle Outfitter released their brand’s Aerie and 77kids which ended up being an extremely big hit since most of the retail market is for moms and their kids more than it is for men.
McGalla is widely known for speaking about being a woman in the world of business. Growing up in a loving family with supportive parents that taught her that it is very important to chase your dreams has made her into the woman she is today. Many other women get sidetracked by America’s stereotype of the woman in a business role because for a long time it was looked down upon because people saw the woman as homemakers and mothers. Today this is not the case and it is because of people like Susan McGalla that have changed people’s views by showing them that woman can be as successful as any man can.