Susan McGalla’s journey towards working for a professional sports team was a long one. She grew up with two brothers who participated in sports and a father who coached high school football. McGalla knew that she couldn’t actively participate in sports but she still wanted to participate in other ways. Her father encouraged her to push forward and not take “no” for an answer. He also encouraged her to pursue her dreams knowing that she would be facing criticism for wanting to work in a male-dominated field.
McGalla understood the prejudice with women being interested in male sports and wanting to promote male clothing lines. She also knew that men were used to other men promoting their products. McGalla’s experience with American Eagle Outfitters showed her that she could stand up to the prejudice and prove herself worthy of running the business. It was a real coup when she was selected to become the president of the company. She parted ways with American Eagle Outfitters to accept a position at Wet Seal. Her tenure at Wet Seal lasted two years before she decided to branch out on her own. Her experiences with American Eagle and Wet Seal did help her gain clients for her new consulting firm, P3 Executive Consulting.
McGalla credits her experience at American Eagle as enlightening because she was able to move through different positions and gain the knowledge she wouldn’t have gained anywhere else. McGalla realizes that not many women have had the opportunities she had to advance in her career.
There is still a stigma attached to women who are interested pursuing a career involving professional sports. Her current position as Vice President of Business Strategy and Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers did take a lot of determination and persistence. McGalla did it though and proved that the gender barrier can be broken.
Brazil practices the Public-Private Partnership scheme, also known as PPP. This scheme enables the government to turn their projects into reality, and tapping the assistance from the private sector regarding the funding of the project. One of the most recent projects that the government wanted to implement is the addition of schools for the city of Rio de Janeiro. The government aims to expand the network of child education in the city, and they wanted to construct several classrooms and buildings that would be able to accommodate the city’s student population. According to the project, more than 20,000 day care centers and 40,000 pre-schools will be built all throughout the city, and they wanted to finish the project before the year 2020 ends. Felipe Montoro Jens is an entrepreneur who was hired by the government of Brazil to serve as one of their specialists.
Being the project and infrastructure specialist, Felipe Montoro Jens would have to work with several institutions around the world which would help Brazil in building the schools. The International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group was hired by the government of Brazil to act as one of their consultants, and the government of Brazil has already provided an initial payment of $2.3 million for the financial institution. Felipe Montoro Jens stated that the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group is the largest contributor to the project that is being planned by Brazil. The financial institution is also responsible for helping developing countries with their infrastructure projects, lending them the money and overseeing the progress of the project.
Felipe Montoro Jens believes that the government of Brazil will be able to finish their project before their target date, because of the number of institutions who have already expressed their willingness to help. Felipe Montoro Jens will keep on monitoring the project to see its progress.