Becoming a businesswoman in today’s world is undoubtedly easier than it was a few decades ago, because the gender gap has consistently been shortening. Unfortunately, the gender gap in high-ranking business executive positions is still very much existent, and requires businesswomen to have a great resume and interpersonal skills to succeed.
Mrs. Susan McGalla on phx is an American businesswoman who grew up in East Liverpool, Ohio. Mrs. Susan attended a nearby college in her home state of Ohio called Mount Union College, where she graduated in 1986 with a degree in business and marketing. After graduating, Mrs. McGalla began working for the Joseph Horne Company, which is a department store retailing chain. She stayed there for eight years, and then started working for American Eagle Outfitters as a divisional merchandise buyer of women’s clothing. After nine years at American Eagle, Mrs. McGalla became President and Chief Merchandising Officer of the American Eagle Brand, and was later promoted to President and Chief Merchandising Officer of American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (the whole company, not just the brand – McGalla assumed the highest-ranking position available).
Mrs. Susan McGalla has done great things since she earned the title of Chief Merchandising Officer of American Eagle Outfitters, such as founding her own consulting company, P3 Executive Consulting, and becoming the Director of Strategic Planning and Growth of the National Football League team the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Anybody, male or female, should be able to look at Mrs. Susan McGalla’s career and envy such an lustrous run as an executive. P3 Executive Consulting consults large companies, as most smaller businesses simply do not have the money required for Mrs. McGalla’s services – she is one of the best consultants in the consulting industry, by far.
Since the gender gap in the United States is not as large as it once was, finding a good job in the present day and age is not nearly as difficult as it was just a few decades ago. Unfortunately, the gender gap is very much existent when it comes to the business executive realm, as many women do not work as executives, even if they want to – the vast majority of business executives are male.
Women who want to be successful, prospering businesswomen can do a few simple things to stick out among the crowd. The first thing recommended to aspiring businesswomen is to be the best businessperson one can possibly be, and do not play the “gender card.”
Next, earning a college degree (preferably a graduate degree, if not a terminal degree) is essential to performing well in the business world. Being able to say one’s name is “John Doe, MAcc,” or “Barbara Smith, CPA, Ph.D.” really makes one distinguished from a crowd of applicants. Keep in mind that many people who perform well in their careers actually do have graduate and terminal degrees, although they are not necessarily conducive to performing well.