The life, work, success and philanthropy of Betsy Devos

For the longest time, there has been an invisible glass ceiling that makes it just a little bit harder for women to make it huge in the world of business and investing than the men. However, regardless of the constraints, there are a few women that make it out of the tunnel and make it huge in the world of business and investing, managing to inspire an entire community. One of these exemplary female business leaders is Betsy Devos. She is an entrepreneur, education activist and a philanthropist.

Elisabeth was born on 8 January 1958. She started her early years in Holland, Michigan. Her father was the billionaire and industrialist, Edgar Prince who originally came from Holland. Her father is the founder of the Prince Corporation which sells spare parts to retailers in the state of Michigan. Betsy attended the high school at Holland and after successfully completing it; she joined Calvin College in Grand Rapids. She studied business administration and political science. Betsy was very much involved in campus politics from a very young age.

She was brought up in a very religious background, which explains her conservative roots. She has been a member of the Christian Reformed Church in North America and has always showed this in all her political undertakings, especially the politics of the republican parties.

In politics, Devos has been a member of the Michigan chapter of the Republican Party since the early 80’s. She between 1992 and 1997, she was the national chairperson of the Republican Party in Michigan. She has always made her voice heard in matters that she believes in and sources close to her state that she has never conducted business in any manner that left people wondering where she stood. She was also very active in the recently concluded campaign for the 2016 Republican Party.

Educational activism

She has been a crusader for better education for all for the longest time. This is perhaps the reason why upon winning, the president elect nominated her to the position of education secretary. Accepting the nomination, Betsy said that it was time to change the manner in which things had always been done, stating that status quo could no longer work for the American masses.

Philanthropy

One of the charities that Betsy helped set up is the Dick and Betsy Devos Family foundation. Its objective is to transform the community by helping promote leadership, speeding up transformation, and supporting the members in five different areas. These areas are leadership, community, arts, justice and education. She believes that when the less fortunate and those without access to resources are uplifted, the entire society will get a chance to improve itself. Betsy DeVos has a loving husband and four children.

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