Weather you know her because of the Pittsburgh Steelers or because of American Eagle Outfitters you are bound to have heard the name Susan McGalla at one point in time or another. Susan McGalla is an American business woman who was born and raised in Ohio by her mother and father. McGalla has two older brothers who like her parents have always supported her well growing up to help her become what she is known as today. Susan McGalla is a mom and wife aside from being a business woman. She is also a good role model for the woman who is looking to get into the business world.
McGalla went to Mount Union College to earn her bachelor’s degree in business. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she worked at a regional department store chain for 8 years and then in 1994 ended up working for American Eagle as a merchandise buyer of women’s clothing for their company. She worked at American Eagle for 15 years from 1994-2009 and well she was there she had various manager type positions until she eventually became the president of the company. When McGalla became the president of American Eagle they started to reach out more to the female base of customers and it ended up paying off greatly because women are the main demographic of people who go shopping for clothing and they definitely buy clothes more often than men do. Before McGalla American Eagle Outfitters focused almost solely on selling clothing to men and their main type of clothing they sold was activewear.
After leaving American Eagle McGalla went to pursue many other business opportunities as well as at this point in her life deciding to have a child. She worked full time well she was pregnant and continued to grow in the world of business. She is the Vice president of creative development and Business Strategy for the Pittsburgh Steelers. She is also on the Board of Advisors at her previous college where she earned her degree and is a former trustee of the University of Pittsburgh. Susan McGalla went from being a home town girl in Ohio to a successful Pennsylvania business woman who won’t stop at anything. She is an excellent role model and advisor for young woman who are looking to have a career in business or to even run their own business. Her main advice to other women is to chase their dreams and reach their goals despite gender stereotypes.