Browse Category: Women in Business

Home Values Breed Success: Susan McGalla’s Climb to the Top

Growing up with a family who encouraged hard work and confidence set the stage for Susan McGalla to be a successful business woman who has inspired many women along the way. McGalla’s upbringing catapulted her into a career that not only has given her a platform to display her superior marketing and branding skills but has also made her an inspiration for other women.


Of her parents’ three children, McGalla was the only girl. However, her parents sought to encourage their daughter to view her gender not as a disadvantage, as some would have it, but as an innate attribute that was simply part of her appearance. Her upbringing proved to be a key element in unlocking McGalla’s potential when she entered the workforce.  Check this out.

McGalla’s success in senior-level positions began with management roles at Joseph Horne Company, where she worked for eight years before moving on to her most notable position as President and Chief Merchandising Officer at American Eagle Outfitters (HFF, Investor Relations). During her tenure at American Eagle, McGalla was responsible for revenues of up to $3 billion along with four brands and an e-commerce site. McGalla eventually left American Eagle to explore new heights in her career including a position as CEO of Wet Seal, Inc. from 2011-2012 and founder of her own consulting company, P3 Executive Consulting, LLC. Through her consulting company, McGalla offers comprehensive services to clients within and outside of the specialty retail industry. The services offered through her company include everything from branding and marketing to product merchandising and talent management. Though CEO and entrepreneur can signify the summit of one’s career, McGalla has not slowed down but has moved on to obtaining a highly coveted position.   Follow her on


Currently, Susan McGalla is the Director of Strategic Planning for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In her current position, McGalla has placed an emphasis on Steelers’ fans and diversifying the team’s merchandise. She has ventured out creating focus groups and taking advantage of social media. McGalla’s talent, expertise, and vast experience have equipped her to make a lasting impression with the Steelers as she continues to elevate in her career.





Blazing New Trails in New York…. Julie Zuckerberg

Julie Zuckerberg started her professional journey at City University of New York-Brooklyn College where she studied philosophy. She then proceeded to New York Law School. The knowledge gained from both schools opened the first door on her career journey which began at Hudson, a staffing a recruiting agency, in 2002. As the Director of Candidate Placement, Julie helped jumpstart many careers by placing candidates with clients from around the legal profession. In 2007 she moved to Citi where she stayed for six years adding various skills to her professional jacket. Her next move was to New York Life Insurance Company where she analyzed client needs and provided creative business solutions. All the experience she gained led to her role at Deutsche Bank, where in under 2 years she was promoted to the Executive Talent Acquisition Lead of Private, Wealth & Commercial Clients, Asset Management, and Global Technology and Operations. She continues to serve Deutsche Bank as someone who drives and implements talent acquisition strategies and recruitment process improvements.

Julie Zuckerberg’s professional game is in full gear, but what about when business hours are over? It’s easy to see that she doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty. On weekends you may find her on her at home with her latest DIY projects, which range from home decor to indoor gardening. She enjoys the arts, photography, and running in the park. But there’s always time in her busy schedule to devote to causes that mean the most to her: animal welfare and protecting and expanding right for the LGBTQ community. As the pieces continue to fall into place both professionally and personally, Julie is clearly ready to embrace her next big challenge.

Julie Zuckerberg has accomplished many goals in different areas of her life, but she’s never lost track of where she came from or what matters most. Spend a few minutes with her and it’s easy to see that the success she’s enjoying is a direct result of talent, hard work, and the determination she has to add value wherever she goes. Julie Zuckerberg is blazing new trails in New York.


Malini Saba’s Rise from a Simple Migrant to a Successful Investor and Philanthropist

Malini Saba has made a name for herself as one of the world’s top philanthropists and investors. The businesswoman of South Asian origin founded Saban, an investment company that has vast and varied investment interests globally. Saban has investment in companies in several industries including technology (in the U.S.), gas and oil (in China), as well as real estate in India and Australia.

Impassioned Philanthropist

Malini is a passionate philanthropist who has dedicated her life to helping the needy in societies around the world. In 2001, she founded Stree: Global Investments in Women. Stree is a non-profit organization aimed at changing how low income women and children view themselves as well as their roles in the society.

Stree was inaugurated by former president Bill Clinton and Queen Noor of Jordan. It provides women with a means to access quality healthcare and legal empowerment. It also provides a forum for movements operating at grassroots levels to connect with various public policies in Central America, Africa, Eastern Europe, and India.

In 2005, Malini Saba donated $1 million to the Heart Research Center located at El Camino Hospital that primarily served South Asians in Mountain View, CA. One year earlier, Malini toured and pledged about $10 million to tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka and India. Malini’s career in investments started at Silicon Valley during the 1990s. As a venture capitalist, she invested in over 20 technological companies including PayPal Inc., Netscreen Technologies, Inc., and Sycamore Networks, Inc.

Malini Saba’s Background

Malini Saba is a passionate philanthropist and a self-made success who has dedicated her life to helping women and children around the world. Malini is of Sri Lankan descent and was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. However, she grew up in Australia before moving to the U.S. at 19. With just $200 to her name, she rented an apartment outside Stanford University Campus together with her husband.

Malini had the privileged of attending free lectures at Stanford University because she was married to a student. She took business classes with a keen interest in investment. She attended (without invites) gatherings of investment bankers and mingled with them. This gave her access to privileged information that allowed her to start investing in sectors such as real estate, commodities and telecommunications.

Today, she is a prominent investor and philanthropist who shares her wealth with needy women and children in society. Before globalization became a trend, Malini had begun investing in South American and Asian commodity markets. Today, her biggest returns are in the gas and oil sector.