Jeff Schneider | From Manhattan to Austin

According to Austin Culture Map, “Austin, once again, ranks among the fittest cities in America. The 2015 American Fitness Index ranks Austin the No. 20 fittest city in the country; last year we ranked No. 14.” As an extremely dedicated sportsperson, Jeff Schneider, Manhattan native and CEO of a private company, is right at home living in Austin where he has access to a variety of health groups and gyms. An accolades runner, Jeffry Schneider joined a cadre of athletes dedicated to wellness in Central Texas when he moved to the area. Jeffry sees groups of people coming together around wellness as a beautiful thing. If you didn’t already know, Austin, TX is a beautiful place to visit, live, and experience.

Jeff Schneider is passionate about wellness plans which are starting to become a Twitter trend. A wellness  program or plan can be done solo or with a group. A wellness plan can bring about a multitude of positive health effects. For example, a program can improve overall health, increase cognitive function, decrease stress levels, and increase the rate of productivity in the office. Scientist have shown that there’s a positive correlation between individuals who exercise regularly as part of their health program and fewer sick-leave requests which is not the case for those who do not exercise at all. Because of this and many other reasons, Jeffry implements them at his workplace, in his children’s lives, and in his own life.

Austin isn’t just known for being healthy, it’s also known as the live music capital of the world and the most liberal place in Texas, a stereotypically conservative state. All kinds of people from all sorts of backgrounds come together in Austin to share music, food, and nature. Places like Barton Springs and Lady Bird Lake boast beautiful flora and fauna and provide Austinites with a place to cool off in the summertime which typically reaches triple-digit temperatures. Even celebrities find love in Austin. For instance, Janis Joplin, famous singer/songwriter and Willie Nelson native Texan and famous singer/songwriter both loved Austin and even have monuments dedicated to them around the city. Willie Nelson, happily said, “There’s a freedom you begin to feel the closer you get to Austin, Texas.” There’s for sure a lack of inhibition that begins to creep in the longer you stay in Austin which could be why Robert Rodriguez, famed filmmaker and screenwriter feels that, “People don’t live in Austin to work, they work to live there.” Jeff Schneider couldn’t agree more and is grateful to be able to experience the awesomeness that is Austin. For more info, visit


Susan McGalla Inspires Women in Business

Susan McGalla has been a trailblazer for women in the business world and has become a success story and inspiration for young women with aspirations of climbing the company ladder. She has demonstrated versatility in her business career as she’s comfortable working with both men and women. She has held a variety of executive posts in the corporate world and has made her mark with each one.

The rough and tumble childhood that McGalla enjoyed as she grew up with two rowdy brothers and her football coach father has provided a unique preparation for her later career in business. She wasn’t singled out because she was a female, rather she was forced to compete on her own merits and has embarked on her career with the same mindset. Hard work was commended in her family and it has been the accelerant for her career to this day.

One noteworthy chapter in McGalla’s career that is illustrative of her accomplishments and drive for success is her stint with American Eagle Outfitters. She helped break the glass ceiling during her time there when she became the first female executive at the company. She not only became the first female executive with the company she also rose up through the ranks to become their President.

Susan McGalla has been a strong voice for women getting opportunities to advance their careers based on their own merits. One avenue that she endorses that is rarely used is mentoring and executive sponsorships for aspiring career-minded women. Women’s initiatives and conferences abound, however, McGalla believes a more practical way forward is for young women to work with male executives on important assignments and forge mentoring relationships.

Mount Union College was where Susan McGalla attended college and she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing which became the foundation for her success. She also serves on their College Board of Advisors and is married as well to Stephen McGalla.

As McGalla served as the President of American Eagle Outfitters she played a crucial role in the launch of their Aerie brand which has been a wonderful success for the company. She currently works for the Pittsburgh Steelers where she is a Vice-President of Business Strategy and Creative Development.