Women have fought for a long time to break the glass ceiling. There is still some work do to, but business women like Susan McGalla are cracking the glass with great force. Susan McGalla is powerful because she has sit in the driver’s seat at the head of some companies that have great prestige. She was once the CEO at American Eagle Outfitters. She also made her name known as the head of Wet Seal. She even started her own company as an example to the countless number of women that are looking for someone to follow. She blazed a trail that shows that sometimes you have to believe in yourself enough to go out on your own.
Many women in the business world today have been able to lead because they never gave up. They decided to take the corporate world by storm and stay even when others said that they couldn’t take the heat. Ursula Burns, for example, is an African American woman that became the CEO at Xerox. She is the first female and first African American CEO for this company.
Marissa Mayer is the CEO of Yahoo! and everyone is looking for her to turn this company around. She has used capital to invest in a lot of different businesses, and she has made some great decisions about pulling back on certain investments. This is the nature of the CEO. The women that are leading are often put into the hot seat to perform. They are not women that are sitting on the sideline waiting for something to happen. To the contrary, these are women that are taking charge and making decisions that will affect the entire organization. People in positions like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg can even make changes that affect a portion of the world. More than a billion people have Facebook accounts so her moves and decisions can shift entire cultures. This is the power that women in the business world have access to.
Still, the playing field for women is totally different than what men are used to. Women naturally have to fight harder and prove that they are worthy of the position that they are in. Sometimes it takes a lengthy resume and years of work experience to gain ground. Susan McGalla has been able to transition into the Director of Strategic Planning for the Pittsburgh Steelers because she has already proved herself when she worked in other positions. She has been able to thrive in a male-dominated culture and she continues to prove that women of worthy of the corporate level positions that they hold. There are women that are seeing what Susan is doing and getting the courage to leap into the corporate workplace as well.
Many women that have come to companies as the CEO have often taken charge when companies were failing. Marissa Mayer didn’t get invited to Yahoo! until the company was close to going under. She has been the force that has turned the organization around.