There are statistics that show businesses with a diversity of gender have a 15% chance of outperforming other companies while companies that are ethnically diverse have 35% more of a chance to outperform compared to others that are not as diverse. The belief is these kinds of companies have been able to outperform their peers is because they are more welcoming to new ideas. Diversity in the workplace will bring more perspectives to the table and one of the finest examples is Susan McGalla.
McGalla is one of the prime examples of women leaders has proven herself to be highly skilled in her position. For women, reaching a high-level position in the business world is a challenge and it can feel like an uphill battle.
McGalla has credited her success to how she was raised which has made her so at ease with working women and men. She grew up with a football coach dad and two brothers and was not given any breaks just because she was a girl. McGalla had to work for the things she wanted which led her to develop a strong work ethic early on as a little girl. She carried this attitude forward in life and it has helped her to be incredibly successful while also being able to hold multiple, high-level positions in the business world.
Just like in her childhood, McGalla had to earn what she wanted and rose through the ranks of American Eagle Outfitters. When she first started working in these high-level positions all the executives at the top were men. Before she had left the company, she had managed to work her way up to being the president. She then went on to found the P3 Executive Consulting and now holds the esteemed position of Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers.