Recent research indicates that companies with gender-diversity are 15 percent more likely to stand out among their competitors, while ethnically diverse businesses are 35 percent more likely compared to organizations that are not diverse. The reason for this performance is because these companies are open to new ideas from different kinds of people from various backgrounds. Surprisingly, even with these figures, it’s only a handful of C-level rated in S&P 500 businesses are led by women.
The problem isn’t the abilities of women; in fact, there are many qualified women out there. Susan McGalla is an extraordinary woman. She has made it possible for women to pursue top leadership positions in their organizations. Susan grew in a family of two boys, and a he father was a football coach. Nothing was handed to her on a silver platter; she had to work for everything that she wanted.
When McGalla started working at the American Eagle Outfitters, all the executives were men. She worked her way up and become the President of the company. She left the company and started her own, P3 Executive Consulting. Currently, she is working as Vice President at an organization that’s dominated by men – Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers. She was part of the team that spearheaded the campaign “wear what we wear” to motivate consumers to invest in Steeler gear.
One solution that’s recommended to end gender discrimination in the workplace is to form what’s known as sponsorship opportunities. Successful women like McGalla should work as sponsors to mentor other women. This initiative will help many women to work their way up in their companies the way Susan did.
About Susan McGalla
Susan McGalla is a successful businesswoman and the Vice President of a company dominated by men- Business Strategy and Creative Development. She is famously known as the former President of American Eagle Outfitters. She is also a board member of Magee Women’s Hospital and HFF Inc. –a public listed commercial real estate company.
McGalla has held various positions and worked hard to be where she is today. She has talked to many audiences about how women in businesses can achieve their dreams of being senior executives.