For women, the business world does not have to be an impenetrable barrier like many once thought it would be. Now, women are running business and being full time entrepreneurs. A prime example of this change would be a woman like Susan McGalla, the founder of P3 Executive Consulting and the Director of Strategic Planning and Growth for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Her expertise in the clothing and retail industries began at Joseph Horne Company and then with American Eagle Outfitters. During those years, she worked hard and networked extensively with others until she was named President and Chief Merchandizing Officer of American Eagle, then left on her own to become a full time consultant for the industry. Wet Seal actually wanted her to become their CEO and she accepted the position for a time, before going back to her full time consultant lifestyle.
According to Susan McGalla, achieving your goals as a woman in the business industry comes down to a mixture of work ethic, versatility, passion and confidence. Those skills, applied with diligence and passion to whatever line of work a woman finds herself in, will ultimately lead to success, however she chooses to define it. At the end of the day, nothing is ever handed to anyone on a silver platter, it must be earned.
And women have all the keys that they need to be successful on their own terms. Abilities such as networking, and the passion and drive that come with striving for one’s full potential are as real for women as they are for men.
There are many powerful women who are breaking barriers and showing that they have skills equal to or beyond that of their male colleagues. While there are still areas to work on, including equal pay, inequality, and industry-wide struggles to reach the upper levels of the boardroom, much progress has been made over the last few decades. And much of that is due to the success of women like Susan McGalla, who then reach out and offer advice and networking opportunities to those women rising through the ranks behind them.
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