One of the sectors that Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick DeVos, have dedicated their time and financial resources is education. As a proponent of school choice ideology pushing for laws that allows learners to choice schools of their choice and not be confined by their zip code or public school policy, Betsy DeVos, pushed for reforms in education sector through political avenues while also chipping in with their own money to support their ideology. The educational-choice movement she started with her husband has grown exponentially and is currently being implemented in 17 states. Initially, Mrs. DeVos together with her husband funded students into the private-choice programs through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation through a charity that targeted students from low-income families. Together with her husband, they donate millions of dollars annually to finance philanthropic activities. A greater percentage of these funds are dedicated to supporting education reforms. However, their efforts have seen some states the voucher system that Mrs. DeVos and her husband had proposed.
Other than the family’s foundation, Mrs. DeVos’ commitment has seen her serve as chairperson of Alliance for School Choice as well as the American Federation for Children (AFC). These are pro-education choice non-profits dedicated to advocating for the right of children to choose a school. She, together with her husband, serves on the board of numerous institutions and organizations dedicated to education reform. Currently, a quarter million students are attending schools of their choice across various states due to the efforts initiated by Betsy DeVos. Read more news on Los Angeles Times.
Career and Personal History
Betsy DeVos’ stellar profile extends beyond championing for education reform. She has led a successful professional career. She is a successful businesswoman who teamed with her husband to found Windquest Group in 1989. In 1993, she joined the leadership of the company as the chairperson, a position she held until 2016. She has also served as board member of several organizations including DeVos Institute for Arts Management and ArtPrize in addition to her various roles in non-profit organizations and institutions dedicated to education reform.She served as board of Philanthropy Roundtable between 2014 and 2016. She is active politically. She served as the chairperson of Great Lakes Education Project between 2001 and 2008 before joining the board of the political action group up to 2016. Betsy DeVoswas recently appointed to the position of Secretary of Education in the current administration government.
She graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree having attended Holland Christian High School. Her education shaped career not only in politics but also professionally. Her political activism, which has seen her push for education reforms in the country can be traced to her active participation in politics as a university student. Moreover, her art knowledge played a key role in his appointment as a board member of ArtPrize and DeVos Institute for Arts Management.
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Eric Pulier is an American entrepreneur who is based in Los Angeles California. Apart from being an entrepreneur, Pulier is also a recognized philanthropist and an author. His successful journey as an entrepreneur started in Teaneck, New Jersey, the place his birth and upbringing. Since the time he was a fourth grader Pulier has always been involved in computer programming, through his proficiency in programming he managed to start his own company which was a database company while still in high school.
Through hard work and dedication, Pulier developed skills that are core to his success. In 1984 Pulier joined Harvard University to pursue a bachelor in English and American Literature. During his duration at Harvard, he was an editor for the Harvard Crimson. While he was an editor Pulier wrote several columns for the prestigious newspaper. He has solid education background which he cemented at the MIT where he graduated in 1988.
It was after college that Pulier went on with his successful journey as an entrepreneur of doing great accomplishment. He founded the company known as People Doing Things in 1991, it was based in Los Angeles. The main purpose of the company was to assist people to address the issues such as education, health care and much other need of the society. The company meets the need of its customer through the use of technology. Pulier went on to start another company known as the Digital Evolution, in 1994. The aim of this company was to build technology for those who needed it so that it can be accessed by all. In addition, Pulier has also developed a social network for the chronically ill children. The social network allowed the children to chat with their companion who were facing similar challenges.
Besides being a successful entrepreneur he has contributed immensely toward philanthropic activities. Eric Pulier has been contributing a large amount of money toward the not for profit organizations. With the successful companies such as Media Platform, Desktone amongst others he has therefore endeavored to make it his responsibility to impact others with the knowledge that he has acquired in course of his entrepreneur journey so that they can lead a fulfilling life.
Dick DeVos is a businessperson I have been aware of for many years as I have followed the success he achieved as the President of the AmWay Group. Although I was aware of the business success Dick DeVos has achieved with AmWay and his own The Windquest Investment Company I was not as aware of the high quality of work Dick and wife Betsy have achieved as two of the most important individuals in the education reform movement; Dick and Betsy DeVos have been major members of the reform movement for over 30 years, and despite their largely conservative image the couple started working in the movement when it was seen as a radical group. Reading an interview with Betsy DeVos in Philanthropy Roundtable showed me that despite being based in Grand Rapids, Michigan the DeVos family are willing to aid communities across the U.S. in achieving the best possible education for their young people. Although everything I have read shows me the couple love their home state of Michigan it was refreshing to read they class their greatest achievement as the success they achieved in the state of Florida where the couple was involved in developing the longest running education reform program that continues to prove a success for all communities in the state.
I have always been impressed with the work of Dick DeVos, which includes his period spent as the leader of the AmWay Group and his continuing work as the head of The Windquest Group. However, I was shocked to discover Dick is a product of the Michigan public school system which played a major role in his development as a major part of the reasons for his business success, and dedication to the philanthropic work he and Betsy DeVos complete through their own Foundation. Having amassed a personal fortune of more than $5 billion and has been a major supporter of a number of educational programs at major institutions, such as Princeton University and Calvin College. I have also been impressed by the way Dick DeVos has never lost sight of the roots he has in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has played an important role in bringing the area back to economic success through his role with the Grand Action plan developed after the 2008 economic slowdown, Wikipedia reports.