Susan McGalla knows what it means to be both a woman and a leader in business. Her consulting firm, P3 Executive Consulting, LLC, allows her to continue to work within her passion by aiding others to improve their businesses. Her consulting firm specializes in helping others in the specialty retail fashion industry. She aids other retailers in improving their branding capabilities and building efficiencies within their businesses that will allow her clients to maintain their focus on their passions as their business expands.
Galla offers three points to women hoping to build and expand their careers in today’s market. Her first point is the most critical: Education is the foundation for many of the opportunities that will come your way. Students concerned about the high cost of higher education are encouraged to focus on financial aid and scholarships that will focus on their particular capabilities and talents.
Her second point is also important: Community. Surround yourself with people you admire. Successful women help other women succeed. Should you find yourself enmeshed in a social or work-related situation that leads you to think less of your work output or capabilities, it’s time to re-assess. Am I working effectively? Is my contribution invigorating to my organization? If it’s not, focus on improving your work output until you’re producing the quality of work you want to be known for. If it is, it may be time to expand or change your work circle. Your capabilities can be amazing. Don’t settle for co-workers or supervisors who refuse to acknowledge the good you’re doing.
Her final point encourages women in the workplace to promote their work and let it speak for itself. Will you face stereotypes and prejudices? Probably. Can pointing them out improve the situation? Probably not. Any citizens of the 21st century who resort to any method of limiting women based on out-moded methods of thinking have been doing that for a while.
About that glass ceiling? Susan Galla suggests you ignore it. Keep going toward the success you know you’re capable of.