Who wants to be Susan P. McGalla? Me, me, me please! Why? She is not only an awesome female business leader, she is the vice president of business strategy and creative development for the six-time Super Bowl winning Pittsburgh Steelers! That must be a tough but also very cool career.
Ms. McGalla, born in East Liverpool, Ohio in May, 1964, graduated from Mount Union College with her undergraduate degree in both business and marketing in 1986. East Liverpool is a humble small town with less than 20,000 citizens along the Ohio River. Susan has an impressive list of accomplishments and business roles including being the founder of P3 Executive Consulting, LLC.
Among her top skills are leadership, fashion, retail and merchandising. In short, I can share with you the following few highlights of her stellar career:
- 2009 – Susan was named to the top ten list of highest paid female executives in the retail industry (#5 to be exact with a compensation of $4.86 million). At the time, she was filling the role of executive officer and president at American Eagle Outfitters.
- 2014 – CNN stated that Susan was one of the most respected individuals in the fashion branding world. Indeed, at American Eagle Outfitters, they are still reaping the benefits of President McGalla’s expertise, years after she moved on to her next role.
- 2015 – PRNewswire published a brief article about Susan that covered the impacts of being a female leader. In the same year, Ms. McGalla announced a site overhaul for Steeler Nation that brought in more current technology and more search capabilities. This process was all part of the “wear what we wear” campaign, which allowed fans to see clothing worn by Steeler players and coaches and then have the ability to purchase the exact same items online within days.
I look forward to seeing what Susan has in store for Steeler fans next season.