All throughout Susan McGalla’s life, she grew up with no ‘special treatment’ because she was a girl. Growing up, Susan McGalla had two older brothers and her father was a high school football coach, McGalla was cut no slack. McGalla grew up being treated the same way her brothers were, making her a very headstrong, independent woman later in life. When McGalla was young her parents always told her she was not a female, but that she was a person. McGalla’s parents taught her that just because she was a woman, did not mean she was different from anyone else. This strong upbringing made McGalla fearless in the business world.
Because of how McGalla was raised, she always felt comfortable working around both men and women and was not scared to present her ideas in front of large groups of people. McGalla went to college and got her Bachelors from Mount Union College, then found a job at Joseph Horne Company. At the Joseph Horne Company is where McGalla got her start in retail. After working for Joseph Horne, McGalla was soon offered a position at American Eagle Outiftters Inc. When McGalla began working at American Eagle, there were no women. American Eagle was filled with men and there were no women that held high positions to make changes. However, when McGalla came, she wanted to be the voice for women. With her strong upbringing, McGalla accomplished her goal and rose to the top of American Eagle. McGalla made a huge impact while being at American Eagle. McGalla went from being a sales associate, to being a manager, then the President and chief merchandise officer. McGalla was a part of American Eagle Outfitters for ten years and made a huge impact in the company before going on to another company.
Now, Susan McGalla works as founder for a Consulting agency. At McGalla’s new company that she started, she helps her clients brand and market their businesses in the hope for becoming more successful.