Quality education is the gateway to our future growth and development agenda. Betsy DeVos is the one person well capable of selling this agenda. Besty is a woman who needs no introduction when it comes to matters educational reforms. The current 11th U.S Secretary of States is a beacon of hope and one who arguably deserved the President’s nomination. For over thirty years, Betsy DeVos has been the champion and voice of education reforms, pushing the equality agenda to the education sector both in private and public institutions. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.
Mrs. Betsy DeVos keen interest in education was sparked at a tender age. Betsy’s mother was a public school teacher and fortunate enough Betsy was able to go through school, however, this did not stop her from experiencing firsthand the struggle both parents and students had to undergo in the quest for this basic need. With the drive and commitment to bettering the lives of her commitment, upon enrolling at Calvin College for her vocation, Betsy was able to pick up the education mantle. Through different campus campaigns and politics, Mrs. Betsy was able to engage herself actively in education reforms. This did not stop here. Thanks to the support of her husband, Dick DeVos, Betsy was able to continue her education campaign reforms. With both interested in politics and reforms, Dick DeVos was a 2006 Republican nominee for the Governorship seat of Michigan; Betsy had the full support of family and her husband.
Even with politics and reforms being the course meal for the DeVos, they too are businesses people running both profit and nonprofit organization that helps support their transformative educational agenda. To the DeVos, business is not complete as it does not provide positive solutions to the challenges and problems facing the society. Betsy runs a privately owned business, Windquest Group, that she cofounded with her husband in 1989. Windquest Group is a company that invests in manufacturing, technology, and clean energy to provide solutions to the people. Betsy DeVos seats at the chair of its board. Her husband, on the other hand, is a retired President of Amway and the Orlando Magic MBA franchise. The DeVos also ensure that their impact is felt through organizations such as Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation where Betsy is the Chairperson. She is also a member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Kids Hope USA, as well as the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, and Mars Hill Bible Church.
It is evident that Betsy DeVos has been a strong advocate for the needs of the marginalized in the society. With her role at the State Secretary Department of Education, a lot more is expected from her to help drive the transformative educational agenda of America and the world at large. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table.