Title: Sr. Vice President
Company: American Cancer Society
Location: Washington, D.C., United States
Sally Cowal, Senior Vice President at the American Cancer Society, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of foreign relations.
Inspired by a semester spent in Washington D.C. as a college undergraduate, Ms. Cowal was able to discover more about the government and decided to pursue a career in the field. Upon earning a Bachelor of Arts from De Pauw University in 1966, she further secured a Master of Arts from George Washington University in 1969. During this time, she worked for the United States Information Agency and State Department in Washington D.C., until her departure in 1971. Soon thereafter, Ms. Cowal served as a special assistant for USIS in New Delhi, India, for two years before accepting the position of director of the American-Colombian Center from 1973 to 1978.
Between 1978 and 1989, Ms. Cowal held various positions with the United States Embassy, USIS, and the United States Mission to the United Nations, before joining the Department of State as the deputy assistant secretary for two years. As she continued to progress through her career, she contributed as an ambassador for the United States Embassy at the Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago from 1991 and 1994, and the director of external relations for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS for four years. She went on to become the president of the Youth for Understanding International Exchange between 1999 and 2002, further working as the senior vice president of Population Services International until 2013. Currently, she acts as the senior vice president of Global Cancer Control for the American Cancer Society – a role she has served since 2013. In the coming years, she aims to complete more volunteer work, assist in developing vaccinations and treatments for cancer, and spending more time with her winery.
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