Susan McGalla and Combating the Corporate Glass Ceiling

The corporate glass ceiling has been present ever since the modern spurred into existence and it serves as a constant obstacle that makes it harder for women to hold high-ranking positions compared to men. However, various organizations and individuals have been working for decades to initiate change within the corporate hierarchy. One of the most noteworthy individuals an executive consultant from Pittsburgh, Susan P. McGalla.

McGalla is an alumnus of Mount Union College where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Business and Marketing. Her career began in the fashion industry at American Eagle Outfitters, a company in which she went on to serve over fourteen years of various leadership roles.

Within various industries dominated by men, McGalla found her way to the top and has served as the president of American Eagle Outfitters, the founder of P3 Executive Consulting, and is currently the VP of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Susan McGalla is an impressive exception amongst numerous women attempting to break the gender discrimination cycle within corporate environments.

While various women’s networks and initiatives have been working for years to combat gender discrimination within the workplace, it has become apparent that old methods have not been as effective as initially expected. While these organizations do an exceptional job in proving women’s equal capabilities compared to men, they appear to thwart from addressing a significant underlying issue. Only about one-fourth of senior/executive corporate positions are held by women globally. If disproving past assumptions about a women’s capabilities were the solution, then that ratio should be relatively evened out by now.

One of the changes proposed to fix this ratio is the use of executive sponsorship. This program involves a woman seeking a corporate executive to be a sponsor for a particular project. As a result, the woman leading the project will have the opportunity to hire other professional women and allow them the opportunity to reach their potentials. By the time the project is proven to be a success, more executives will be convinced to invest in women as leaders of future potential projects.

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