I am thrilled about the way that Susan McGalla has progressed over the years. She is such a powerful force in the industry today because she has become an expert in her field. I think that she is one of the best in the industry because she has such a strong presence.
As someone that has been in consultant and CEO positions she is definitely moving up in the career chain. I like what she represents, and her time at American Eagle is monumental in the progress that women are making in the corporate industry. There are so many people that have been inspired by her progress. I am one of the people that have been able to see her move from one area to another and witness her genius. She knows how to move consumers and she has the power to get them to respond to her. Over time there have been different female leaders that have risen to the challenge. What Susan McGalla has done that is different is give people access to the things that helped her. She highlights higher education as the foundation for her success. McGalla has also made a lot of appeals to women to have a level of determination in your pursuit of goals.
I have patterned myself after her and I have been able to embrace the challenges that have come along the way. She is no stranger to working her way up to the top. She was with American Eagle for 14 years. She built the company, and when she decided to depart the stock dropped upon anticipation of her departure. That is how confident people had become in her skills as a leader. Investors were willing to depart with her when she decided that she would no longer continue her CEO role there.
She has been able to make her mark and I appreciate all that she has done over the years. I think that her different roles in the industry has made her pretty diverse. She is a powerful retail branding expert, but her CEO role shows that she could lead. That is where she breaks out from the rest of the pact. I think that she has done something incredible by taking on leadership roles and moving beyond the typical corporate executive role. I think that McGalla has shown that women can be great leaders if they are given the opportunity. There is no denying that she is one of the best in the retail industry. I could only hope to accomplish a fraction of what she has achieved through such a prestigious career. She is my corporate businesswoman hero, and I appreciate her commitment to brand building.