Businesses are 15% more likely to perform better when they have gender-diversity, and 35% more likely when they are ethnically diverse. Few women hold C-level positions in S&P 500 companies. Susan McGalla inspires women to seek high level positions as she comfortably worked with men and women to rise in the ranks. She learned hard work by growing up with a dad who was a football coach and two brothers.
When she first worked at American Eagle Outfitters, the company’s executives were all men. She became the president before leaving the company. She went on to found P3 Executive Consulting, and she is the Pittsburgh Steeler’s Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development. She joined the “wear what we wear” campaign to sell Steelers merchandise.
There are many groups that support women leaders and allow them to bounce ideas off of one another. Unfortunately, most business leaders are men, and the opportunities that arise from women leaders coming together are few. Women make up only 25% of senior roles worldwide.
One possible solution to the real problem is executive sponsorship. By finding an executive to sponsor them, women can open up more opportunities for themselves. The sponsor would place them in important positions and advocate for more women in leadership roles. Women could rise in the ranks much easier with an executive backing them up. The executives would be great mentors to them and show them how they became successful. Gender-diversity would give these companies a great advantage when the statistics of a diverse workplace are considered.
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