Betsy DeVos has advocated for advancing educational opportunities to students across the United States for almost three decades. As the newest U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy now has the platform needed to elevate those advocacy aspirations on a national level. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 7, 2017 after a courageous effort to bring forth the education awareness she believes will benefit all American children and their families. Betsy was nominated because of her fortitude towards education equality and leadership abilities to bring progressive changes to the education system.
Betsy worked alongside parents of children in Grand Rapids, Michigan within the public school system for over 15 years. In that time, she served in an advocacy role as a mentor to children who were considered at-risk, due to their parent’s lower economic status. Betsy’s commitment for bringing changes to the education system grew as she became more involved with the teachers, students, and their families. Her work evolved into a platform that she has said changed the course of her life and propelled her into the education system forever. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com
As a daughter of a public school teacher, Betsy has witnessed first-hand the importance of the supporting role of leaders within the educational system. After becoming a parent and subsequent parent of school-age children, Betsy challenged herself to become more involved in the education of other children to make a positive difference in their lives. Betsy’s core mission is to bring a reality for all children throughout America to receive quality education as a right and not as a privilege.
Betsy Devos has worked with all leaders within the education system, from school administrators to school boards to gauge the needs of students and understanding the infrastructure that is preventing progress. She has championed the efforts on behalf of those who require help in advancing greater education and supports the need for charter programs throughout the country. Betsy sees this innovative choice as an exciting 21st century step in closing the enormous gap among lower income families and building a better future for children.
As Secretary of Education, Betsy’s leadership for guiding the nation towards a unified and progressive level will be a high achievement. Betsy’s leadership is seen by many as one of the strongest attributes she offers to the public. She has served on the board of several national charitable and civic organizations. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.
Betsy and her husband Dick, founded the Windquest Group, which invests in technological advancements, manufacturing and clean energy reform. Betsy has served as Chairman for the privately held company, and she has led an active role in pursuing innovative solutions for investing within industries that make a positive difference.
George Soros, the Forbes billionaire and a well-known philanthropist, is on a mission to fight against the divisive political leadership. He worked with non-profit organizations and donated at least $10 million to fight against the hate crimes reported during and after the U.S. Presidential Election 2016. Soros is a strong critic of divisive policies and hate crimes as he considers that it can create far-reaching consequences in the American community. It is the reason he campaigned against President Donald during the Presidential Election. Soros donated more than $25 million to the campaign of Hillary Clinton and other candidates of Democratic Party to defeat Trump. It was not surprising considering his strong protest against the inefficient and unclear policies of Trump and the deep divisions created by Trump’s campaigns. It was the first time Soros went for contribution extravaganza in politics after he made a spending spree of $27 million in 2004 election to defeat the then President George W. Bush, considering the Iraq War. Learn more: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=977
George Soros is known for his bulk philanthropic contributions, and he has contributed at least $13 billion in the last three decades. It should be noted that the hedge manager cum billionaire has fortunes worth $25.2 billion which he acquired mostly through risky currency trade business. George Soros is a key contributor to election reform organizations as well and contributed to $5 million to a PAC named Immigrant Voters Win that is working to ensure higher voter turnout in Hispanic voters. He also donated another $5 million Voting Rights Trust, a group working against the restrictive voting efforts by conservatives. His majority of generous contributions are focusing on addressing the human right issues around the world and democratization processing in Eastern Europe and across the world. Soros is the front runner in supporting the mission of End Citizens United, a PAC that is working to make legislation to control the unaccounted and uncontrolled cash flow into the election process. He donated $5000 to the PAC – the maximum allowed amount by an individual – to support its mission. Know more about George Soros on CNBC.
Soros is from a Hungarian Jewish family who migrated to London after the Second World War. He completed his graduation from London School of Business and started his career with a merchant bank. Soros later moved to New York and began working as a stock broker at the Wall Street. In 1969, Soros started his hedge fund named Quantum Fund, which later renamed as Soros Fund Management after some transformation. His fund management firm currently holds assets worth $30 billion. In 1992, Soros shortened the British Pound when he moved out funds worth $10 billion, and finally, it led to the collapse of Bank of England. It profited him more than $1 billion and gave a nickname called “the man who cracked the Bank of England.”
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