The philanthropist and education reformer, Betsy DeVos, has been a woman I have admired greatly over the years as those who have investigated the U.S. public school system have set out to have a positive impact on the way students are educated across the nation. Appointed the Secretary of Education in February 2017, Mrs. DeVos has reached the pinnacle of her career in education, which has been developed for far longer than many of us would know. Initially, my own knowledge of Secretary DeVos was limited to my own understanding of her recent work to extend the reach of education reform across many different areas of the U.S. as the number of states offering school choice and voucher programs has been growing quickly.
As I took a look back at the career of Betsy DeVos I began my research knowing of her position within the industrialist Prince family and as the wife of former AmWay Group billionaire Dick DeVos; I was unaware of the fact Betsy DeVos is the daughter of a public school teacher who gave her an understanding of the problems and demands seen in this sector of public service from a very young age. The U.S. Department of Education explains Mrs. DeVos was inspired by her teacher mother to work as an in-school advocate for at risk children as she believed supporting a solid base in education was the best option for providing a better future for children from all areas of the U.S. I believe this commitment to help students perform at their best has never left Secretary DeVos as she has become a major supporter of many educational programs and PAC’s lobbying politicians for a better public school system for all.
Betsy DeVos has proven an inspiration for myself as a businessperson who wishes to play a major philanthropic role in my own local community; Secretary DeVos believes in providing a well-rounded community that allows more people than before to have access to various aspects of the cultural experiences often unavailable in many areas of the U.S. To this end, Betsy DeVos has become a well known financial backer of the annual ArtPrize festival in her local community of Grand Rapids, Michigan that allows a public vote to take place to determine winners. There is much more to the work of Betsy DeVos than simply looking at her local community and educational reform as the Calvin College graduate has been seeking to find new ways of helping start-ups make their way into the future, which has largely been done through The Windquest Group investment company she shares with her husband, Dick DeVos and provides investment opportunities for boxed water manufacturers and green energy developers.