Susan McGalla’s path to success and the glass ceiling

Susan McGalla is the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise. An article by goes into her life and upbringing to climbing the ladder in the business world. The article starts off stating how ethnically diverse companies outperform all others. For women, however, it can be difficult for them to get the C-level positions in S&P 500 companies. Susan McGalla though has helped pave the way for women to become leaders. McGalla credits her upbringing in being raised with two brothers and a father who coached football to form her comfort level in working alongside both men and women. Everything that McGalla has had she had to work hard for as she holds multiple high-level positions. The businesswoman started out at American Eagle Outfitters and worked her way up from there to get the position with the Pittsburgh Steelers with her excellent marketing strategies and confidence into the workplace. Many women are not given the chance to obtain high-level positions because men are seen as far better in the same role. In fact, there seems to be a glass ceiling. The article sees sponsorship opportunities as a way to break down the barrier when it comes to women trying to get executive positions in the workforce. Sponsors work with women to find the opportunities and more importantly, create ones. Women are assigned to work on projects or individual important assignments. This would help other leaders move up like McGalla was able to do. Executive sponsors would be given some sort of incentive to motivate women leaders. This will create more gender-diversity within different businesses. Susan McGalla has given the attitude and plan that other women should use to get high-level positions.