Susan McGalla’s success as a consultant and entrepreneur is testimony of her resilience and passion to pursue a career in marketing and branding without being encumbered by her gender or corporate culture. Upon graduating from Mount Union College with a degree in business and marketing, she worked for close to six years Joseph Horne Company as a marketing specialist and manager before joining American Eagle Outfitters in 1994. Despite working in a male dominated work environment, Susan McGalla’ career took an upward trajectory due to her dedication and passion. She rose through the company’s ranks to become a division president before being appointed to serve as the overall president of the company. It was while working at the company that Susan McGalla carved out a name for herself as a suave corporate with excellent branding and marketing skills. She oversaw the expansion of the company’s product portfolio while also growing its brand and financial base.
After leaving the company in 2009, Susan McGalla became an independent consultant specializing in retail industry in addition to serving at HFF Inc. In 2011, she was appointed to serve as the CEO of Wet Seal Inc. She held the position for close to a year before founding P3 Executive Consulting, a boutique consulting firm with a special focus on retail consulting, development of corporate campaigns and marketing strategies. She also serves as the vice president of Pittsburgh Steelers where she is in charge of business strategy in addition to serving on the board of various institutions including the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a motivational speaker who shares her career experiences with other women.