Elizabeth Betsy DeVos is among my favorite society icons. She is a renowned leader, disruptor, innovator, and advocate. Betsy has always fought to bring change, remove barriers, and create opportunities for people to thrive. Betsy formerly worked as chairman at Windquest Group, a private investment firm located in Michigan consisting of a diversified service, and consumer product portfolio. Betsy was chosen four times as chairman for the Michigan Republican Party. She has been in politics for over 35 years, and has served in many leadership positions with party organizations, campaigns, and political committees. Today, Betsy focuses her efforts on advancing people’s educational choices.
DeVos’ Efforts in School Reform
In 2001, DeVos remarked that one way to advance the Kingdom of God was through education reforms and activism. DeVos believes the education system in the U.S. should let in for profit charter institutions. According to Devos, the U.S. education system is a monopoly and should be opened up to give parents a variety of schools to choose from.
Betsy DeVos believes in school vouchers that allow students to go to private schools using public funding. DeVos served in the board of Alliance for School Choice as chairwoman. She has also served as the head of All Children Matter, which she founded together with her husband in 2003 for promoting tax credits to enterprises that offer private scholarships, and also for promoting school vouchers.
The other activities DeVos is involved in include being a board member at Advocates for School Choice, Education Freedom Fund, and American Education Reform Council. She has acted as the chair for the boards of the Great Lakes Education Project, and Choices for Children. She also serves as the chair person to the American Federation of Children.
DeVos’ Philanthropic Achievements
Betsy also chairs the Philanthropy Roundtable, American Federation for Children, and has served on numerous local and national boards including American Enterprise Institute, and DeVos Institute of Arts Management (University of Maryland).
The DeVoses established a scholarship programme dubbed the Betsy and Dick DeVos Scholars for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Scholarship. The program awards students pursing a BBA or MBA at the Northwood University.
Betsy graduated from Holland Christian High School, and proceeded to Calvin College, Michigan, for a Bachelor of Arts. Betsy married philanthropist, community activist, and entrepreneur Dick DeVos who has sired four children with her. Betsy and Dick are recognized icons in the American society. The presence of the DeVoses is not only felt in politics, but also in education reforms, investment opportunities, and philanthropy.
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