As a matter of fact, not many C-level companies have endorsed women in high leadership positions. Despite statistics showing that companies which adopt gender diversity are like to outperform others with almost 15%, and 35% for those who adopt ethnic diversity. This is due to these companies’ openness to new ideas.
Women today are struggling to climb to those high positions in their workplaces. It is for that reason Susan McGalla has chosen to lead the way for women leaders. Her upbringing takes all the credit for her ability to work with both men and women. With a dad who was a football coach and two brothers, she had no option but work her way through whatever she wanted, something that has helped her to be where she is today.
When she was working with American Eagles Outfitters, Susan knew worked her way up to the position of a president. She is the founder of P3 Executive Consulting. Currently, she works with Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers as the vice president, despite the company being men dominated. Her confidence has seen her make admirable progress to all the envied ranks.
Women are limited to reach such heights due to the ancient glass ceiling problem. For years’ women have been trying to address the issue, through women leadership initiatives by offering support, providing a platform for sharing ideas, planning and strategizing, connect with other women, and identify latest business trends.
However, the problem still remains since these initiatives haven’t been able to address the hindrance for change to happen. And sadly, the lion’s share of the positions in the companies are still held by men while women only take a quarter of them, meaning that the initiatives haven’t gotten the solution yet.
So what now?
While there may be several other ways to crack the gender discrimination cycle in the companies, one of them is creating opportunities for sponsorship. Highly invested career women should locate an executive senior official to act as a sponsor. This sponsor can then be an advocate for women in the company through making recommendations for roles assignment and others. The sponsors would also act as mentors and motivators to women through the given incentive, encouraging even the male executives to work with these serious businesswomen. This way women can be able to rise up to high ranks in organizations just like McGalla. And businesses will be able to outperform others.
Find out more about Susan McGalla: http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/06/08/how-pittsburghs-susan-mcgalla-paved-the-way-for-women-in-leadership/