Susan McGalla Says More Women Are Needed In Boardroom
Trailblazing CEO Susan McGalla says the lack of women in the boardroom has very little to do with lack of effort or opportunities. It is much more about lack of incentives and other women for the purpose of support.
According to McGalla, men still hold the majority of positions. And until attitudes change, and men understand the importance of women in the workplace, it will remain this way.
According to studies, companies with gender-diversity are 15% more successful. “The numbers cannot be denied,” said McGalla.
The Pittsburgh native has held a number of high-level positions in her young age. She has headed a number of Fortune 500 companies like Wet Seal and American Eagle Outfitters. Today she runs her own company, P3 Executive Consulting and she is also the marketing director for the Pittsburgh Steelers organization.
McGalla was raised to be fearless. With a football coach father and two brothers, she was never given any exceptions and learned from a very young age that she would not be given any slack because of her gender. It is a good lesson that she carried on in life.
McGalla recalls when she first entered the work force, she saw very few women in the board room. “Although it was obviously still a man’s world, I wasn’t going to let that intimidate me or hold me back.” She didn’t.
She worked very hard and proved that she was just as good as her male peers. She was rewarded with a number of lucrative positions that further showcased her exceptional talents.
While things are getting better for women, McGalla feels the pace could quicken up a bit. She says companies like Hewlitt Packard, Yahoo and Pepsi Cola having women at the helm proves that women can do an excellent job if given the chance.