Diversity in the workplace creates innovation, grows a businesses talent pool, improves employee performance and allows individuals with a variety of talents and skills to collaborate together. Studies have shown that a company with a gender-diverse staff will most likely outdo a company that is male dominated. Sadly, there are still only a small percentage of executive level positions held by women in the workforce.
Throughout her career, Susan McGalla has recognized the struggle women face at reaching executive level positions. She has made it her mission to help pave the way for women to reach the highest honor possible within their organization. At a young age, Susan was taught that she must work hard to get what she wanted. Her dad was a football coach that didn’t go easy on her just because she was a girl.
Susan worked for the apparel brand American Eagle Outfitters at the time when the executives were all men. She worked her way up to becoming the president before moving on to found her own company, P3 Executive Consulting. She currently is the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the professional football team the Pittsburgh Steelers.
While Susan has achieved tremendous success, it is still difficult for other women to obtain these opportunities. Susan believes in initiatives and networks for women to come together and support each other in business. Such initiatives allow women to compare strategies with one another and become educated on the latest business trends. Susan McGalla wants to break the cycle of gender discrimination by creating executive sponsorships. An executive sponsor acts as an advocate for women, and can help them complete important assignments, lead projects, or create opportunities. This is a positive program that can encourage male executives with incentives, to mentor serious businesswomen. This collaboration benefits everyone involved since the statistics have shown that companies who do this outperform other businesses.