Susan McGalla, Steelers Strategic Planning and Growth Director, Former CEO and CMO, Executive Consultant

Susan McGalla rose to the top of the retail clothing industry without the intention of breaking the glass ceiling and with no chip on her shoulder. Her accomplishments came from hard work, creativity, good ideas, the ability to get along with and lead diverse co-workers and create a positive corporate culture.

McGalla’s career started off at Joseph Home Company in 1986. She worked at various positions in marketing and management until her departure in 1994. Her next position was at American Eagle Outfitters, originally a men’s sportswear retailer, where she started out as a buyer for women’s clothing. She worked her way up in a succession managerial posts on Wikimedia.org. At the time of her arrival, there were no women in executive offices. But as she reached the top, a corporate culture of men and women was created, and it made the company extremely successful. American Eagle grew to have revenues of $3 billion, launched three new brands and an e-commerce site under McGalla, who eventually became the Chief Merchandising Officer (CMO) and President.

Susan McGalla left American Eagle in January, 2009 to found P3 Executive Consulting. She provided expert advice on marketing, operational efficiency, branding, talent management, supply chain, organizational development, retail positioning and more. Clients were from inside the fashion industry and out.

Susan McGalla has spoken publicly to audiences on leadership in business as a women.
“I was brought up by parents who encouraged me to work hard and present my good ideas with confidence regardless of the audience,” she said at a Carnegie Mellon University Speaker Series for CEOs. “As a result I have been equally comfortable with men and women and excelled at working with both.”

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She became CEO of Wet Seal, another fashion line, in January, 2011. While there, she was involved in strategic planning and improved quality and trends on bizjournals.com.

She became Strategic Planning and Growth Director for the Pittsburgh Steelers in January, 2015.

She serves on the Board of Advisers of Mount Union College, which is her alma mater. Other boards she has or is currently serving on are Magee-Womens Hospital Research Institute and Foundation, HFF, a provider of commercial real estate services, and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

She is married to Stephen McGalla, a wealth manager, and has two children.

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Sanjay Shah: The Event Everyone is Talking About

Autism Rocks is the event that has everyone and anyone talking and it has a lot of people excited and raving about it. For one thing, the event only costs Dh50 per person, which is very affordable and you know that the money is going toward a good cause in Autism and for further research. Research is really what we need when it comes to Autism. We need to find out more information on the condition. As they say, knowledge is power and the more knowledge you have, the better off you will be in the long run, as you can never know too much, especially when it comes to Autism.

This is an event that allows you to kick back, relax, and have a good time. It is always great when you can have events like this that allow you to take your mind off things and simply enjoy yourself, worry free. As far as for the kids, according to Sanjay Shah Denmark’s wife, there will be a lot going on, such as, live music, fun events like laser tag, crazy golf, zip line, bouncy castle, horse rides, rodeo bull, face painting, inflatable rides, barbecue and a petting zoo. No matter what you or your child is looking for, they are sure to find it at this event.

Since the event started in 2014, it has raised ¬£600,000 and again, that is valuable money that can really make a huge impact in terms of the research I mentioned earlier. Even famous artists have showed their support for this event, and I’m talking about artists like Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Michael Bubl√® and Drake in London and Dubai. This year, Shah said, they chose to go with a younger style of music to raise awareness for younger people on autism. While it is important for adults to know about it, I think it is equally important, if not more important, for children to know about it as well. They need to have a certain level of understanding.

Sometimes children don’t process things or understand them the same as adults. The same can be said for youth. However, when they see someone they know and love supporting autism, talking about it, and up on stage, it makes them a little more curious to learn more about it, gather information and maybe be a little nicer to that kid with autism and more sympathetic to his or her situation.

 

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