Sandy Cowen has always been a big thinker and an inspiration to others over the years. She was the first woman to own a full-service advertising/public relations agency in Arizona and in that role broke many barriers, won countless awards and set a number of standards. She harnessed her “strategic positioning” expertise in that field to become a national and international consultant for major corporations facing challenging markets.
As a volunteer, she helped found and was the programmatic architect for the largest and most comprehensive women’s resource center in the country that quickly accommodated 30,000 client visits a year and funded a research study that changed the way Arizona’s first responders and the interfaith community deal with domestic violence.
She served in leadership positions as a member of the Board of Directors of both nonprofit and for-profit companies. Sandy was appointed to boards and commissions by three governors and two mayors; is a member of MENSA, the organization for individuals with an IQ in the top 2%; and belongs to two distinctive “by invitation” organizations for women of achievement – one in Arizona and one worldwide.
What people may not have known about her is that during most of those 35 years, she was also facing serious health issues like rheumatoid arthritis, Large Granular Lymphocytic (LGL) Leukemia (twice), psoriasis, chronic allergies, hyperthyroidism and neutropenia. To most people, Sandy looked just fine – but in private she was helping her body fully recover from each of those conditions, time and time again.
Today, not looking anywhere near her 73 years, Sandy Cowen is a role model for others, teaching them that answers always exist somewhere and that each of us can take charge of our healing and health in a way that can be fascinating and exhilarating. Sandy continues to be inspirational.