Susan McGalla Says Women’s Business Leadership Is Not About “Breaking Glass Ceilings”

When describing what Susan McGalla is about, the words American Eagle Outfitters come to mind and now the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers where she currently serves as Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development. McGalla has come through the ranks of regular employee to a respected female executive, but to her none of her work has been about “breaking the glass ceiling” as she says in her own words. She’s visited universities and business forums where she’s spoken to women entering the business world.

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McGalla says her career has simply been her desire to pursue her own dreams while not worrying about any attention her career has received from the public. She never received any preferential treatment as a young woman and never expected any during her business career either. She’s grateful though that her chance to lead the companies she has has helped changed people’s perspectives and ideas on just how the culture on the corporate world should be like.  More about McGalla on

Susan McGalla is originally from a small town in Ohio and is a graduate of Mount Union College. Not long after completing her education she entered the corporate world first at the Joseph Horne Company, a now defunct department store that was well-known in the Pittsburgh area. After leaving that company she started a 16-year career at American Eagle Outfitters moving from local department manager to the executive boards as Chief Merchandising Officer and president. Under her leadership there the company started a women’s division store and launched some new brands. In 2009 she joined the companies P3 Executive Consulting and HFF Inc. where she currently works in addition to the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Check also .

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