Susan McGalla grew up in a family with a football coach father and two older brothers who did not look down upon her. This unique upbringing helped to shape uniquely her perspectives on leadership at a very tender age. Basing her arguments on the need to adopt a positive self-concept, she has spoken about various tips on how to get ahead in life and overcome various hurdles on the way to success such as the ones related to gender.
Ms. McGalla is the founder of P3 Executive Consulting, LLC, and an expert consultant to clients on operational efficiencies, talent management, marketing, and branding. Due to her commitment to hard work, she is commonly referred to as the Former Chief Executive Officer of Wet Seal and Former President of American Eagle Outfitters Inc. McGalla is one of the few American businesswomen who sit many boards. She currently sits on the Boards of HFF Inc. and the Magee-Women’s Hospital Research Institute and Foundation. HFF Inc. is a publicly traded corporation that offers commercial estate services.
Susan McGalla rose to the position of Director of HFF, Inc. in 2009 and helped the company to maximize profits. Her contribution to the company must have influenced her appointment to the corporation’s board. Currently, she is the Director of Strategic Planning and Growth for the Pittsburgh Steelers Football Clubs, a position she accepted after founding P3 Executive Consulting. P3 Executive Consulting offers comprehensive consulting services to clients.
Ms. McGalla of Bizjournals, from 2001 to 2011, served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Wet Seal, Inc. She was hired to help the company reinvent and grow two brands, Arden B and Wet Seal. From 2009 to 2011, she served as a consultant within the specialty retail landscape. Before taking that role, from March 2003 to January 2009, she was Chief Executive Officer and Chief Merchandising Officer at American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. In that capacity, Ms. McGalla had a three Billion US Dollars responsibility for all creative aspects of the American Eagle Outfitters Brand, aerie, Martin and Osa, and 77 kids. During her 14 years stay at the company, she contributed significantly to industry revenue and income growth, from $340 million in revenue to three Billion US Dollars.
When Ms. McGalla joined American Eagle, the company was predominantly a male organization with no women on any board or executive position. But she was able to bring a true culture change that saw her emerge as one of the company’s top female leaders.
Ms. McGalla’s prior work experience at Joseph Home Company perhaps also came in handy and contributed to her success in the subsequent job placements. Prior to American Eagle Outfitters, she held merchandising managerial positions at the company from June 1986 to June 1994.
Apart from the Board of Directors of the Magee Research Institute and HFF, Ms McGalla, who formerly served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, presently serves on the Council of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute as well. Susan’s unique self-image has enabled her to take the reins of her career.