Susan McGalla is the Vice President of Business and Creative Strategy for the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers and a part-time executive consultant at P3, and she’s given many interviews about her career to Pittsburgh news outlets. She’s also written an article about balancing your life between career and being a full-time mother. Some of her keys to maintaining a healthy balance include staying in shape, planning out your day and getting rest when you can. McGalla says it takes a lot of energy moving from work to attending to children coming home from school and managing their activities, and any rest you can get will be of great help. And just taking about 10 or 15 minutes here and there to do jogging or other workouts can be very important to your well-being.
Susan McGalla has worked hard throughout her career to become one of the first major female executives in Pittsburgh and an expert in fashion and apparel branding. She grew up in East Liverpool, OH and after completing her bachelor’s degree moved to Pittsburgh and worked for a little over 10 years at the Joseph Horne Company. McGalla became interested in what the fashion retail brand American Eagle was doing, and she joined them and offered some in-store marketing ideas for women’s apparel as a local merchandising officer in 1994. But several years later she gained higher influence at the company as she became Chief Merchandising Officer and eventually president of the company. During her time in that role American Eagle upgraded its headquarters and even noted that it increased its appeal to female customers by the time McGalla left.
Susan McGalla has been involved with other key businesses including HFF Inc., a real estate firm and is also a former trustee at the University of Pittsburgh. She has recently announced the new rollout of the Pittsburgh Steeler’s pro shop and its new interactive website design. She not only advises executive leaders and marketing departments at P3, but she’s spoken at business conferences and female leadership meetings about how young women can reach their goals without using the gender card.