Women in business leadership positions has always been an issue. The “glass ceiling” is a hard obstacle for them to overcome.Women, like Susan McGalla, have worked to pave the way for women to be able to obtain those top executive positions. Businesses with more gender diversity are found to be 15% more likely to be successful and those with racially diversity are 35% more likely to be productive. This diversity lends to more creativity and helps businesses to perform. Despite these statistics, men are still more likely to hold top executive spots.
Susan McGalla had a background that helped her become successful in a male dominated field. The only daughter of a football coach, Susan McGalla was not cut any breaks. She had to work for everything she wanted. This philosophy helped her to earn her way to top positions in several companies. She worked to the top spot at American Eagle Outfitters. Before she earned the top executive spot there, only men had the executive leadership positions. Once she left the position, she started her own consulting firm, P3 Executive Consulting, and she is the Vice President of Business Strategy of the Pittsburg Steelers. McGalla has worked her way into positions once only filled by men.
The problem of only men in top positions is not a new problem. The business world has recognized it and tried to address it for years, but it persists. Networks and initiatives exist to help women earn these top spots, but there is still a small percentage of women who hold these positions. These networks and initiatives do not address the real issue. Susan McGalla understands how these things do not address the problem.
Executive sponsorship can help. Women who wish to hold an executive position should find an executive sponsor to help her learn the position.