Betsy DeVos: Educational Reform Pace Setter

Like so many others, I only knew Betsy DeVos as the current United States Secretary of Education. But, what I discovered recently is that there’s a side of DeVos that often goes unnoticed. She has a remarkable ongoing commitment to philanthropic work. Before she reached the national spotlight, she began her work life as Elisabeth Prince. Her hidden asset is that she’s completely willing to let others have the spotlight.

I learned that most of her philanthropic work is done with her husband, Dick DeVos; the former Amway president and former president of NBA’s Orlando Magic. This all began in 1989, while I was just trying to figure out my place in the world, Betsy DeVos was already creating firms. She started the Windquest Group with her husband during that year. It is a multifaceted operational group, headquartered in Michigan, which invests in clean energy, technology and manufacturing.

Betsy is also the Board Chairman for a number of non-profit organizations. Including the following: the Dick and Betsy Family Foundation, the DeVos Institute for Arts Management, Kids Hope USA, and the Mars Hill Bible Church and the Foundation for Excellence in Education. And her biggest role as Chairman is with the partner arm of the American Federation for Children, Alliance for School Choice. Follow Betsy on Twitter.

What I consider left out of many mentions about Betsy DeVos is that she represents female empowerment. Her role as Chairman for so many charitable organizations is testimony that she’s cares and she doesn’t let anyone stop her from achieving anything. In her biography posted on the Department of Education official website, a person can further understand her long standing history of advocacy for children’s education.

Betsy DeVos definitely carries the mantle of political advocate well, as she has in her three decades long history working for educational reforms. Ask her and she might as well say that, “she got it from her Mama.” Yes, this is just me and an old Southern term I grew up with, but it also applies to Betsy. She became interested in the process of children and parents rights after watching her mother; who worked as a teacher in public schools. DeVos personally witnessed what works and what doesn’t work in school systems.

When her own children began school, Betsy DeVos was concerned about the quality of education afforded other children. Betsy DeVos saw that not all children were provided the same educational opportunities. Thus, she decided to get involved as a mentor. It was her dedication to a program working with at-risk youths that left an indelible impression on DeVos. She said this about her experience: “changed my life and my perspective about education forever.”

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Dick DeVos As A Philanthropist

To me, the value of a man is not in how much he gains, but in how much he gives. Dick DeVos is an example of a man with a lot of value. He has not only given to many different charities, but he has also made an impact in the system of education. Among the things that he has set in motion is the ability for people to be able to choose the types of schools that he will go to. For one thing, he has seen the value of education. He wants other children to be given high quality education so that they will be able to pursue productive lifestyles.

 

Dick DeVos is an entrepreneur who has followed in his father’s footsteps of running a company. He has also started a company which he has merged with his father’s company, Amway. He is someone that has been involved in many different positions. One of the most important aspects of running a business is marketing. Therefore, Dick DeVos made sure that the marketing aspect of his company was taken care of so that he could gain customers. It is safe to say that success runs in the DeVos family.

 

He and his wife run the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. With this foundation, he provides funding to different faith based organizations. While he has gained a lot of wealth because of good money management, he does have a heart that goes out to people that are not as fortunate. Therefore, he is willing to provide ideas and suggestions that will help students and other people find their way out of unfavorable circumstances.