Susan McGalla an Inspiration to Women Aspiring to be Leaders
Diversity is a crucial
success component for any business. Statistics show that companies that incorporate diversity in the selection of their
employees regarding gender and ethnicity tend to thrive more than those that do
not. Variety helps inject new ideas and multiple perspectives in businesses.
Research shows that firms that are gender sensitive perform 15% better than
those that are not.
Moreover, it is estimated
that companies that consist of ethnically diverse employees tend to perform 35%
better than those that are not diverse. However despite those startling
statistics still a majority of the firms still are not diversity conscious. In
S&P 500 companies’ majority of the senior
positions are a preserve of men.
Only a small percentage of women have been able to beat against all the odds
and climb to senior positions in top companies.
Susan McGalla is one such
woman who has demanded her space in the male-dominated top leadership
positions. McGalla has become a source of inspiration to many women who are
aspiring to climb to the senior leadership levels in the business world, the
corporate sector including
governments. McGalla is a renowned businesswoman and a Pittsburgh based
executive consultant. McGalla credits her upbringing as the pillar behind her
success. McGalla was born in a family full of men. She grew together with his
two brothers and her dad who was a football coach. McGalla coming from a
male-dominated family at a tender age knew that she had to compete with her
siblings to get whatever she desired.
McGalla previously served at American Eagle Outfitters. McGalla, when she
joined the firm all the senior positions, were occupied by Men. McGalla worked
hard, and as a result of her exceptional performance, she was elevated to the
status of President. McGalla after reaching the pinnacle position at the firm
left and founded
P3 Executive consulting. McGalla
also serves at Pittsburgh Steelers as V.P of Business Strategy and Creative
Women over the years have
relied on leadership initiatives in addressing the challenges faced by women to
holding senior executive roles in companies. The efforts have not been able to
address the problem as still the majority of the top positions in companies are
still being held by men. One solution that is believed is going to solve the
issue of gender imbalance in leadership roles is the creation of executive
sponsorship opportunities. The sponsors will act as advocates for women and
will recommend women for lead projects and essential assignments.