An entrepreneurial woman of strong convictions, Susan McGalla is the embodiment of a revolutionary leader. When McGalla’s career was in its infancy, she immediately recognized the pervasiveness of gender imbalances. Fortunately, McGalla’s ambitious disposition enabled her to remain unfazed by this reality. It’s for this reason why McGalla’s ascended through the ranks with grace, embracing every opportunity that’s come her way while ignoring the male-dominated nature of business. McGalla attributes her resolution to her adolescence. Growing up, McGalla was regarded as an equal to her two older brothers. McGalla’s parents never treated her more delicately, which leveled the playing field from the jump.
As a result, McGalla developed a high degree of self-confidence. Upon entering the business realm, McGalla landed a job at the Joseph Horne Company. While this stint proved rewarding, McGalla found her niche at American Eagle a few years later. During this juncture, McGalla maintains that American Eagle was responsible for creating one of the “most successful and aspirational corporate cultures” of the time. Before too long, McGalla would become the president and chief merchandising officer of American Eagle. These days, McGalla is a self-made consultant offering her expertise on branding, marketing, talent management, and operational efficiencies.