Susan spent her childhood in East Liverpool, Ohio. She was raised together with her two brothers. McGalla’s father was a football coach who loved to teach his children valuable life skills. Both her parents did not spare her because she was a girl. They encouraged her to work hard in life to achieve whatever she wanted. She learned how to stay confident and to present her ideas to people. She learned that despite her gender, she could become a leader in different fields.
Susan attended Mount Union College where she graduated with a degree in marketing and business. She is one of the college’s Board of Advisors. In 1994, Susan started working at American Eagle Outfitters Company. At American Eagle, she was the only woman holding an executive position. Through her success and hard work, she was recognized. She inspired people working for the company and proved that women could be competent at work. She held several management positions eventually becoming the chief merchandising officer and president of the company.
Her experience in the company boosted her knowledge and confidence. Since then she has become a consultant for notable entrepreneurs who need insight into the retail business. Gender is not a factor in her career goals. The things that have enabled her to achieve a lot include flexibility, hard work, and doing something she truly loves. Susan later got married to a wealthy manager known as Stephen McGalla.
Susan McGalla not only worked for American Eagle Outfitters but was also the CEO of Wet Seal Inc. Susan is still a board member of HFF Inc which is a public company providing real estate service. Additionally, she is also a member of the board of directors at Magee Women’s Hospital. McGalla is also a former board member of Pittsburgh University. Also, Susan served as a director at Allegheny Conference on Community Development.
In 2009, Susan became a consultant for the financial and retail investment industries. After she had stopped working at Wet Seal Company, she founded her firm known as P3 Executive Consulting. Clients seek consultation on marketing, enhancing efficiency, managing talent, and branding among others.
Susan aims at empowering women to pursue their dreams. She has advised most women on how they can lead organizations and companies. Susan is invited as a motivational speaker in conferences and meetings. She says that she is impressed by the way women are challenging themselves. Susan hopes that young ladies will employ her strategy and attitude towards work.