While many women tend to struggle when it comes to reaching high positions in the workplace, Susan McGalla has managed to find a way to thrive.
McGalla believes it was her upbringing that prepared her for a workforce that was male driven.
Unlike most little girls that grow up in a household with two brothers, Susan didn’t get any special treatment. If she wanted something, she had to work for it.
This was a lesson she carried with her throughout her life and it has enabled her to break through the noise and land multiple high level positions.
When McGalla first started working for American Eagle Outfitters there was not one women in an executive position. By the time she left in 2009 she had worked her way up to becoming the first female President at the company.
How Can Women Break Through The Glass Ceiling Like Susan McGalla?
Susan McGalla’s success shows how far we’ve come as a society. However, women are still having a difficult time getting access to the same opportunities as their male counterparts.
And while women leadership initiatives are great at highlighting the fact that women are just as capable as men to run fortune 500 companies, they don’t necessarily address the fact that most high level positions are still held by men.
McGalla believes one solution to this problem is executive sponsorships. Seeking out an executive sponsor is a great way to break the cycle of gender discrimination and create more opportunities for women.
An executive sponsor is basically an advocate for a women looking to move up in the ranks. The sponsor would recommend certain women to lead important projects. This process would open the door for other women to move up to executive positions the same way Susan McGalla did.
Seeing what Susan McGalla has been able to do is sure to inspire more women to keep pushing no matter what it looks like. And while the gender gap is still pretty wide, women like McGalla are slowly closing it.
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