What I learned from examining the life of Betsy DeVos is that I must always analyze a situation and gather facts before deciding on a course of action. When she was just a young college, Betsy had her eyes set on a career in the political arena. She didn’t sit back and hope and dream about one day. No, she started with what she had, from the position she was in and became involved in the political scene at Calvin College. After completing her undergraduate studies, she went on to build a 30 year career with various organizations, including political action committees (PACS) and serving six years as Chairman of the Republican Party in Michigan.In a seemingly natural development, like most of us, her life evolved and as a married woman she would join her husband in the public and the nonprofit sector. Betsy and her husband, Dick DeVos have shown us how to deliver value, based on the choices you make.
Together, the DeVoes have more than enough money to live comfortably; but rather than sit back and passively observe life, they became involved in multiple philanthropy ventures.Betsy was driven by disappointments with the lack of educational commitment at her high school. Education became a cause and a platform, but more importantly it changed how she approached other parents. While visiting the Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids, she noted how some parents made financial sacrifices so that their children could attend. After she and Dick visited time and time again, they decided to help the school. Over the years, their financial gift giving to Potter House has increased. From there, she began advocacy with the American Federation for Children. It’s a nationwide financial support initiative that provides vouchers for children to attend the school of their choice.
Today, with her role as the Secretary of Education, it is clear to see how Betsy DeVos’ early political involvement paved the way. Her mother was a teacher, so education was always an important facet of her life. Betsy began working within her own hometown to increase the funding and support for better educational opportunities for all children. In Grand Rapids, she served as an in-school mentor for 15 years, before becoming an advocate for school choice. Betsy DeVos’ tireless devotion to children’s education lead to 25 states, including the District of Columbia adopting higher standards for school choice. I would say that’s impressive to say the least, but what’s most interesting is the fact she had the money to send her children to the best schools. Yet, she still cared about providing vouchers for those who couldn’t afford private schooling.