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Philip Cynar                                     Sarah Toulouse
Allegheny Conference on                          American Eagle Outfitters
Community Development and Affiliates             (412) 432-3422
(412) 281-4783, ext. 4573              

For Immediate Release

     Pittsburgh Regional Compact and American Eagle Outfitters Collaborate to Offer
     Tomorrow’s Workforce a Behind-the-Scenes Corporate Headquarters Experience
  Workplace Visits are One Aspect of Compact’s Career Education Designed to Create a Career-
                              and Job-Ready Regional Workforce

(Pittsburgh –January 10, 2008) - Since signing on as a participant in the Pittsburgh Regional
Compact last November, American Eagle Outfitters will host its premier career awareness activity
for 2008—a workplace visit for high school students at its new corporate headquarters on
Pittsburgh’s South Side. Seniors from the North Allegheny High School (Wexford) will be the first
group of regional students to participate in a Compact career awareness workplace visit at
American Eagle Outfitters this Friday, January 11.
        During their visit at American Eagle Outfitters, students will learn, first-hand, about the
variety of jobs and careers available to them as well as how they can prepare themselves to be
successful in these jobs. Students will hear directly from American Eagle Outfitters president and
chief merchandising officer Susan McGalla, who will share with the students her personal journey
working to become a top executive at a large corporation.
        “At American Eagle, we know business can play a significant role in helping today’s
students to succeed in tomorrow’s workplace,” said Ms. McGalla. “We are excited to be a part of
the Pittsburgh Regional Compact and provide students with a glimpse of what their futures could
        Rounding out their experience, students will hear from human resources representatives who
will give insight into what they look for in potential employees as well as information about the
company’s internship programs. They also will learn about product development and fashion
trending; take a tour of the American Eagle Outfitters lab store; and have lunch with executive vice
president and chief financial officer Joan Hilson, who will talk to the students about her history at
the company as well as provide an overview of how a public company works to serve its
        Launched last November at the annual meeting of the Allegheny Conference on Community
Development, the Pittsburgh Regional Compact is an employer-educator partnership to develop the
Pittsburgh region’s workforce for 21st-century jobs and careers.
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        Employers who participate in the Pittsburgh Regional Compact provide real world career
education experiences to today’s high school students, preparing them to successfully enter the
regional workforce.
        “Through today’s workplace visit, American Eagle Outfitters is exposing young people to a
more complete understanding of the many types of jobs and careers available at a large, local
corporation—one that they relate to as consumers themselves,” said Allegheny Conference on
Community Development CEO Mike Langley. “These kinds of career development activities help
students visualize their career futures and inform them about the kind of preparation needed for
career success. Today’s informed young people will become the workforce that sustains and grows
the region’s economy tomorrow.”
        Organizers say that a goal of the Compact is for the Pittsburgh region to be a national leader
in workforce preparation. To learn more, visit

The Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Affiliates – the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of
Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance –
work in collaboration with public and private sector partners to stimulate economic growth and improve the quality of
life in southwestern Pennsylvania. For more information visit

The Pittsburgh Regional Compact is an employer-educator partnership designed to develop our region's workforce
for 21st-century jobs. The Compact engages regional employers, educators and program providers in a coordinated
partnership to prepare southwestern Pennsylvania students for successful careers in the region. The goal of the Compact
is for the Pittsburgh region to be a national leader in workforce preparation. For more information, visit

American Eagle Outfitters designs, markets and sells its own brand of laidback, current clothing targeting 15 to 25
year-olds, providing high-quality merchandise at affordable prices. The original collection includes standards like jeans
and graphic Ts as well as essentials like accessories, outerwear, footwear, basics and swimwear. American Eagle
currently operates 855 stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and 75 AE stores in Canada.
American Eagle also operates®, which offers additional sizes and styles of favorite AE® merchandise and ships
to more than forty countries around the world. The American Eagle® brand also includes a Dormwear® collection,
aerie™, which is available in 38 standalone stores, American Eagle stores and at The collection includes bras,
undies, camis, hoodies, robes, boxers, sweats and leggings for the AE girl. Designed to be sweetly sexy, comfortable
and cozy, the aerie brand offers AE customers a new way to express their personal style everyday, from the dormroom
to the coffee shop to the classroom. 77E, a new multi-channel entertainment platform, features original and user-
generated content on, in AE stores, on television, and on Web sites such as Youtube, MySpace and Facebook.

MARTIN + OSA, a concept targeting 28 to 40 year-old women and men, offers refined casual clothing and accessories,
designed to be valuable, irresistible, inspiring, authentic and adventurous. MARTIN + OSA currently operates 17
stores. For additional information and updates, visit

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