Betsy DeVos is a Powerful Woman on the Rise

Betsy was nominated and later confirmed as the United States Sectary of Education in the Donald Trump administration in February 2017. It is her passion and dedication to the education system that got her nominated.

In her first few days of taking office, Betsy DeVos has managed to make great changes to the education sector. First, she signed the draft order that was given by President Donald Trump on the Transgender rights. The draft bill is seeking to reverse the transgender bill passed by former President Barack Obama. The bill offered protection to the transgender students and allowed them to use any of the bathrooms. It is not clear the motivation behind the reversal of the law. But, one thing is clear, transgender students will be subject to bullying.

The second significant change is allowing the financial lenders to charge hefty penalties to students who default in payment. This move can result in two things: there will be enough finances for students who can’t cater for their studies and the students may drop out for fear of the loans. Either way; the order from the President and the Secretary of Education will affect the education system significantly. One can only hope it is a move towards the right direction. Read more news on LA Times.

Philanthropic work

In a report released to the public, Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick have contributed $139 million to different organizations. Most of their contributions have been done through their foundation- Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. Through the Foundation, the couple has contributed millions to hospitals, Christian schools, art organizations, and Evangelical missions.

She has her husband also provided financial support to a center that will teach managers and the directors how to manage and fundraise for their institutions. In 2009, the couple founded the ArtPrize which is an international art competition.

Betsy and Dick DeVos established an annual scholarship program that will support students earning Bachelor of Business Administration or the Master of Business Administration at the Northwood University.

Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.

Political involvement

She has been actively involved in politics since 1982. Betsy has served the Michigan Republican Party as a delegate for 16 consecutive terms. She also served as the Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan from 1992 to 1997. Between 1996 and 2000 Betsy was the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party. She resigned from the position in 2000 but was later reelected in 2003.

Business Career

She was the chairwoman of the Windquest Group, founded in 1989. The group invests in technology, clean energy, and manufacturing.

Betsy and her husband have also produced a Broadway play in 2012. The play ran for three weeks and closed in December 2012.

Together with her husband, they are the principal investors of the Neurocore which is a group of brain performance centers. They also serve as board members.

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