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Betsy DeVos – One of the Leading Education Reformers in the United States

Betsy DeVos is one of the most influential personalities in the political landscape of the United States and has been an active reformer for over three decades since her college days. Betsy has led many political action committees, party organizations, and political campaigns successfully in her lifetime. During her college days, she has also served for almost six years as Chairman of the highly influential Michigan Republic Party. Seeing her achievements and activities, she has been engaged in over the years; it is easy to pick one constant attribute in her personality that Betsy has high reforming tendencies. Betsy DeVos is associated with many different charities and NGOs and also donates generously from her personal wealth as well as through her family foundation she started with her husband, Dick DeVos.

Betsy DeVos is a dynamic woman who is always on the go and has a creative solution to every problem she comes across, whether it is in business or her personal life. Recently, Betsy DeVos was also elected as the 11th Education Secretary of the United States in the cabinet of Donald Trump, the President of the United States. Apart from her political and social life and responsibilities, Betsy DeVos also serves as the chairman of Windquest Group, which is one of the most successful companies in its sector. Windquest Group invests heavily in different sectors, including clean energy, manufacturing, and technology. Husband of Betsy DeVos, Dick DeVos is also a famous personality in the political as well as corporate sphere of the United States and has previously served as the President of Amway Corporation. Visit Betsy’s profile page on Facebook.

The father of Dick Devos, Richard DeVos, co-founded Amway Corporation, and Dick DeVos served various positions in the company, including being its President for a few years. However, Betsy and Dick DeVos started their firm by the name Windquest Group soon after and is a multi-company group that also manufactures closet organizers. Betsy DeVos is also attached to many different organizations that work towards the welfare of the communities and its people, including Kids Hope USA, Foundation for Excellence in Education, Mars Hill Bible Church, and DeVos Institute for Arts Management.

Betsy DeVos is highly popular in the United States for championing the cause of education and speaking her mind against the traditional education system prevalent in the country today. It is for this reason; Betsy’s family foundation named Dick and Betsy Family Foundation donates generously for the purpose of education reforms, and also helps many meritorious and underprivileged students to get the education they deserve. As the school secretary of the country, Betsy DeVos hopes to make some positive changes in the education sphere to help students get a quality education without having to pay exorbitant amounts of money. Visit betsydevos.com to know more about Betsy.

Hollywood Continues Its Love Affair With the Kabbalah Centre

The stars of Hollywood and the wider entertainment industry have always been seen to be looking for a way of exploring their spiritual side, with the decision of the singer and actress Madonna to explore the world of Kabbalah seeming to provide this ancient form of Jewish mysticism with a boost in public consciousness. However, Hollywood has always been looking for ways of exploring the Jewish faith in all its forms, including Kabbalah for a number of decades dating back to the days when Sammy Davis Jr. and Marilyn Monroe explored Judaism as a way of finding peace in their own lives.

Hollywood stars are preaching to the converted: how Kabbalah keeps on growing have since set out to explore Kabbalah in its many forms, including many of the close friends of Madonna becoming inspired to seek out the writings and teachings of Kabbalah Centre experts to change their own lives. As far back as the 1980s, Madonna’s close friend, comedian and actor Sandra Bernhard was reported to have explained her own experience with The Kabbalah Centre has removed a large amount of the chaos from her life; others, such as Britney Spears explored these ancient teachings and decided they did not work for he own life after a long period of study.

The Kabbalah Centre International – YouTube channel has its roots in the development of the first attempts to bring the Kabbalah to the people of the U.S. that began during the 1920s. Rabbi Philip Berg is the man credited with popularizing the Kabbalah among people in Israel and the U.S. who saw the Kabbalah grow in interest for individuals in the 1960s.

Now based in Los Angeles, The Kabbalah Centre originally opened its doors in the Bronx district of New York in the home of Philip Berg and his wife Karen, which led to an amazing level of growth for the organization in many different areas of the world.

Visit Kabbalah’s blog here.

Just Because She Has A Lot Of Money…..

Betsy Devos has been under a lot of scrutiny ever since her appointment as the Secretary of Education under Donald Trump. While this is understandable of anyone appointed to a high level cabinet position, Betsy DeVos seems to have gotten more than her share of media attention. This is, perhaps, because she is a member of the “Billionaire’s Club” that Trump is also a member of. If this is the case, which many people believe it is, then it is an unfair reason to put more scrutiny on a person simply because of their socio-economic standing. Read more on Los Angeles Times.

Would we highly scrutinize someone who only has a thousand dollars in their bank account? Probably not, we would praise the appointment as a move to put the “common man” in a position of importance on the president’s cabinet. People seem to judge those with massive amounts of money as people who are out of touch with the common man, and this is a very short-sighted judgement, as well as act that could easily be seen as painting someone with a very broad brush.

This is not to say that Betsy DeVos is not without character flaws or is not prone to bad judgement calls. What we need to keep in mind is how serious these shortcomings are in relation to the job she has now. She is in charge of the educational system in the United States of America. Some would argue that there is no other job more important than that, because it directly affects our children’s future. With enough research into legitimate and relevant sources, one can easily find that her faults, should, in no way negatively affect her performance in the job she has.

Her qualifications are firmly in place, her ethics are above average and those close to her will tell you that she has a genuine interest in the nature of her job and takes it very seriously. These are the qualities that we should be judging anyone by who is in a position of importance and influence to the degree that Mrs. DeVos is. Not by what their bank account looks like.

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Betsy DeVos Speaks Up About Philanthropy & Education Reform

In a recent interview with The Philanthropy Roundtable, noted philanthropist, education reformer and current Secretary of Education for the United States of America, sat down to speak about her experiences and thoughts on her primary issue – financial giving and educational choice.

The interviewer opened up the conversation by asking Ms. DeVos what her thoughts on the progress of school reform (for those unaware, Ms. DeVos has been a long time advocate of school choice and has vigorously opposed the common core schema) in America where. Ms. DeVos replied that she had never been more confident. She noted that one of the reasons why she was so confident in the future of education in America was twofold, firstly, the falling popularity of common core (the current unified, standardized education initiative of the United States) system as well as the rise in popularity of the school choice movement. She notes that there are now more than 250,000 students in over 33 different, public funded school options programs in seventeen states. As of the previous year the specific number of people who are enrolled in education option programs has increased by 40,000. Betsy DeVos believes the increase in public funded private school interest coincides directly with the increase of a collective realization that the public education edifice does not work and has not worked for some time.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/us/politics/devos-sessions-transgender-students-rights.html?_r=0

When asked by the interviewer about her philanthropic work Ms. DeVos responded that there was no single event that drew her into it, but rather a gradual series of events. She went on to elaborate on what she meant by saying that one of the most formative things to occur to her as regards her philanthropic work was her and her husband’s, Dick DeVos, numerous visits to the Potter’s House Christian School which has a long and storied history of helping the poor and the needy via numerous outreach programs and philanthropy work. She noted that, despite the grim challenges that Potter’s House was constantly faced with the atmosphere of the place was always one of respect, dignity, care and rigorousness – something which she found deeply appealing and which spurned her on to create the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, a supportive group that helps foster philanthropic and artistic/communal efforts all across the globe.