Susan McGalla is an example of a female businesswoman who has broken through the glass ceiling. While examples of women breaking the glass ceiling are becoming more and more common, there is still a lot to do when we are talking about having women in the upper echelons of business. Putting women in positions of leadership and promoting them is not only the right thing to do but it is good for business. Companies that have a diversity of males and females in the firm tend to outperform their less gender diverse competitors. It is good business to break the glass ceiling!
Susan McGalla is now a business consultant with her own consulting firm called P3 Executive Consulting. She also works with the NFL team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mrs. McGalla works in the business strategy and creative development field with the sports franchise. One of the highlights of her work with the Pittsburgh Steelers is the “wear what we wear” advertising campaign to sell official team merchandise.
McGalla’s role as president of business strategy and business development is a significant feat in of itself. It is even a more significant feat given the fact that she is a woman. The NFL is an industry that is dominated by men both on the field and off. Susan McGalla’s perseverance and talent have helped her smash the glass ceiling and lead one of the most famous football teams in the country.
One of the reasons why Susan McGalla was able to break the glass ceiling and become a president of a major sports team is the encouragement she received from her family and co-workers. As a girl, she says she was not given any slack when it came to competing against the boys. This prepared her to deal with men in the business world and not to be afraid of taking them on.
Susan McGalla was also given a chance to prove herself at a company such as American Eagle Outfitters. If more women were given opportunities to showcase their talent, then we would see the glass ceiling disappear. Having support groups and talking about it is not enough. Women need mentors and business leaders to give them a shot at proving that they can handle executive and senior leadership positions. Only then, will we see further inroads in the elimination of the glass ceiling.