Susan McGalla has over 30 years in the retail and business consulting industries that she has spent in executive leadership and coming up with new marketing innovations. Despite the fact that there are few women leading the kind of companies that she has, McGalla is not one to think of her promotions as a victory for women. She has been asked about it by various media publications in Pittsburgh, and every time she always tells them that her accomplishments are those of a person, not of a woman. It may have shocked the local media that she does not think of those accomplishments through the gender lens, but it’s because she says she was taught as a young girl that nothing would be earned by her being a woman.
Susan McGalla grew up in a small western Ohio town and got her bachelor’s degree from Mount Union College. She started her professional career at the now defunct Joseph Horne Company where she picked up quickly on merchandising operations and became adept at management. In 1994, she joined American Eagle Outfitters where she started as a local merchandising manager, but then joined the corporate team and took over regional merchandising operations. She helped launch several new fashion lines and became very respected at her position that soon she moved up to the company executive board and became president of the entire company. She spent a total of 16 years at the company and after stepping down helped start several other marketing consulting companies.
McGalla is a partner at HFF Inc., a Pittsburgh real estate brokerage and the current CEO of P3 Executive Consulting. She has also served with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and works with the Magee-Womens Hospital Research Institute and Foundation. She also speaks at various business forums.