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The Life and Achievements of Betsy DeVos

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Betsy Devos or better known by her full name Elisabeth Dee Devos is a well-known Politician, Philanthropist Business Woman and Activist, that is famous for her numerous achievements as the current United States Secretary of Education. She is currently an active member of the Republican party. Betsy Devos also supports numerous school program vouchers, charter schools, and school choices, which makes her the woman that she is right now. Check this related article from New York Post.

In her early years, Betsy Devos grew up in Michigan, and took up her education at the Holland Christian High School, which is a school situated at the same town where she grew up. After high school, she took up her college education at the Grand Rapids Calvin College, where she earned her degree in arts. In her college years, she had already shown a passion for politics, she joined her school’s political movements and has been able to keep that a part of her up to this day.

Betsy Devos has also been a participant of the Church movement in North America and has also been an active member of the Hill Mars Bible Church also situated in the same area. Her family has been known to be one of Michigan’s richest, she married her husband named Richard Marvin or otherwise known as Dick DeVos, who is a well-known heir to the billion dollar fortune. Dick DeVos has also been a generous and conservative donor to many social causes and political campaigns. He was also named the Michigan Nominee for Republican Governor in 2006.

At present, Betsy Devos has upstretched a total of $150,000 personally for the Bush Campaign Re-election in 2004, as well as host a campaign in her house for Republicans in October of 2008 that was advertised by the President at the time during the Bush organization. For that presidency, she was named the chairperson for finance at the Republican Committee for a period of Two years, and has worked hand in hand with the Government on different projects.

Since it has been mentioned that Betsy Devos has also been a Philanthropist and Activist, through the years, she has contributed and opened many foundations that have been very helpful to the public like the Dick & Betsy Devos Family Foundation, which was formed to help the Community, Arts, Justice, Education, and Leadership. Through this foundation alone, they were able to raise more than $11.6 Million in charitable contributions and has also made a lifetime charitable giving to $139 Million.

Read more: http://nypost.com/2017/01/30/why-we-need-an-outsider-like-betsy-devos-as-education-secretary/

Through this foundation, they have also been able to help a lot of Christian Schools, Hospitals, and Evangelical Missions by donating generous amounts of money. Betsy Devos has also been able to contribute large sums of money to other foundations which she has been known for throughout her career.

June 25, 2017

The Inspiration of Betsy DeVos

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Of the many generous families in present day, one family in particular stands out not only due to the generosity as well as the success of the family within the world of business, but also is a family that stands out to the others due to the fact that this family emphasizes what it means to be a community and to help a community grow. This family is known as the DeVos family and is a family that is not only known for their ties within the world of politics, but is also a family that is known to be the owners of Amway Corporation, a growing multi-billion dollar business. The business of Amway Corporation is an international business that specifically offers households all over the world with excellent products that are not only inexpensive, but are also of high quality. The DeVos family has made sure that the company not only generates profits, but that also the customers are happy with what is sold. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.

Of the many members of the DeVos family, three individuals in particular stand out. These individuals are Richard DeVos, Betsy DeVos, and Dick DeVos. Richard DeVos is the founder of the company and laid the foundation to help grow the family name and to help the name live on far into the future. Dick DeVos has followed closely behind his father and has worked hard to not only create a legacy that will last, but has also worked hard to make his father proud of what he has accomplished.

Along with Dick DeVos is his wife Betsy DeVos, a woman who has always loved helping others and has created numerous foundations in order to support many initiatives across the country. Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick DeVos are particularly interested in the initiative of education. The couple believes that education should be the number one priority and should be made available to individuals across the United States to only those that truly want to be excellent and that show merit. Mr. and Mrs. DeVos have donated to numerous scholarship foundations and have even donated funds to create schools. Visit Betsy’s profile page on Facebook.

Of the many accomplishments that Dick and Betsy DeVos have accomplished over the years, one of their proudest times was building a school in West Michigan that not only offers excellent education, but that also makes sure that children are encouraged to go to college. This school is known as the West Michigan Aviation Academy and focuses on inspiring individuals to pursue their dreams of flying. As an individual who has loved to fly and has his license, Dick DeVos and even Betsy DeVos wanted to create an opportunity for others to pursue their dreams for the future.

June 20, 2017

Betsy DeVos Manages Her Time In An Effective Way

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One of the most important habits of a successful individual is how she manages her time. People who have poor time management tend to find themselves slacking off and falling behind on their goals. Betsy DeVos is really good at managing her time. However, her time management is not like what many people would think it is. While some people may deal with breaking their schedule off into segments, Betsy and her husband take the time to focus on their main objective which is improving education for the children. One of the things that she is hoping to bring forth is the type of education that plays to the strengths of each student.

Betsy and Dick are working on approaching this objective in a holistic way. There are different aspects of bringing improvements to the educational system. Some of it is in a direct way. This is one of the best ways to get involved. I find that a lot of people try to help in a way that is very distant. They often go with the bare minimum. However, in some cases that is okay. When people are busy with their lives, they probably only have time for the bare minimum. Betsy DeVos, on the other hand, is heavily involved. This is perhaps because her career centers on this type of activity.

Betsy DeVos has a lot of passion and love for what she is doing. The one thing that helps her is her vision. She is hoping that each children get equal chances in schooling. For one thing, she is looking to protect every child. This includes children that are a little bit outside of the norm. One thing that she has seen is that the educational system is almost exclusive to a certain type of person with certain strengths. School choice helps people find alternative educational systems.

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Betsy DeVos knows that each person has his own strengths. Therefore, she is willing to bring forth an environment that helps people develop every strength no matter what they are. For one thing, people have a short time to learn and capitalize on their strengths. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.

April 20, 2017

Our New Secretary of Education

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Betsy DeVos was named Secretary of Education by President Donald Trump, and her nomination was passed by the Senate very easily. First and foremost, Betsy DeVos is a philanthropist and an activist. She has been an activist for private schools and for several idea relating to school vouchers and school choice. She actively supports the idea of magnet schools. President Bush had appointed her to the board of directors of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Betsy DeVos is married to the former CEO of Amway, Mike DeVos. Her father is the founder of the Prince Corporation.

She was educated at a private Christian school, which might help us understand her favoring school vouchers and private schools. She earned a BA from Calvin College in Michigan.

Ms. DeVos has been active in the Republican party since 1982, when she served as a local precinct delegate.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/us/politics/devos-sessions-transgender-students-rights.html?_r=0

During the 2004 presidential campaign, she raised $150,000 for George Bush’s campaign. In the 2016 primaries, she originally supported Jeb Bush, and then Marco Rubio. She had called Donald Trump an “interloper” at one point. Nevertheless, she helped turn out the vote in Michigan.

She and her family operate the DeVos Foundation, which donates large sums of money to schools, health research, the arts, free market studies, and helping organizations such as ArtPrize, funded by her and her husband.

Betsy DeVos has been an outstanding proponent for school vouchers, letting people send their child to a private school, adjusting the cost to be paid for by the tax money that would have paid for public school. She has been a proponent of the idea of charter schools and their involvement in furthering the needs of inner-city children. It appears that those who attend the charter school program consistently score higher on standardized tests.

It is clear to see that Betsy DeVos is not a person who will sit on the sidelines and watch the world go by. She will not sit still and do nothing, when there is much to be done. She will not only help others do it, she is one who will roll up her sleeves and help do it, herself. The United State is fortunate in having Ms. DeVos on the President’s cabinet.

Visit her website for more info at betsydevos.com

March 12, 2017

The DeVos Family Foundation’s Support of Education Choice

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The DeVos family name a has always been closely associated with politics and business, yet with the advent of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, philanthropy is joining that list of areas that the DeVos family name is associated with. As Chairman of their philanthropic organization, Betsy DeVos has over site over their operations and services. They work directly with many groups and committees both locally in their home state of Michigan as well as internationally to inspire and promote positive social developments. One of Mrs. DeVos’ most passionate topics is on education choice. She is striving to bring about practical education reform which would allow each parent the freedom to choose where their child attends school. Being a mother herself, Mrs. DeVos understands the tremendous benefit and relief it is to a parent to be able to send their kids where they desire. Unfortunately, not all parents have this opportunity as some with lower incomes are prevented from doing so for simple reasons of resources. To combat this, Betsy DeVos raises money actively for scholarships that are granted to lower income families in the hopes that they can achieve the dream of sending their children where they desire to attend. Having been involved in political positions since she was in college, Mrs. DeVos knows that real social change needs to come from change in legislation. That is why she has worked her way up to become Chairman of both the Alliance for School Choice and the American Federation for Children. It is through these organizations that Mrs. DeVos works to democratically push for school choice. Her and her husband Dick DeVos have both been active in trying to amend the Michigan state constitution to accept school vouchers.

 

Dick DeVos himself has earned a reputation as a very successful business man. He started working at Amway Distribution, a company which his father started, and soon found himself as Vice President. In this position, he was able to grow the company’s international revenue to exceed that of their domestic for the first time in history. Later, DeVos was appointed as the CEO of Amway and actually founded Alticor, which eventually became the parent company of Amway. Both were grown to new heights under DeVos’ leaderships and guidance. Interestingly, DeVos also spent time as the President and CEO of the Orlando Magic. In the realm of politics, DeVos has been just as active. He was a member of the Michigan State Board of Education and was even nominated to represent the Republican Party in the 2006 race for governor of Michigan. Dick DeVos now resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, his hometown, where he lives with his wife and children.

 

November 8, 2016