The Many Faces of Betsy Devos

2017 has been a volatile political year, to say the least, as the public has made the adjustment to a new President with no political background, (besides running for office) who also has a habit of filling governmental offices with leaders who often lack hands-on experience in the departments they are assigned to lead.

 

Case in point is President Trump’s appointment of the billionaire conservative political activist Betsy Devos to the position of Education Secretary. Though Devos has had a background in championing the use of vouchers so that students can attend religiously-run charter schools, she has little experience in running public schools. By the same token, her action regarding charter schools has drawn criticism from some political watchers. Ultimately, Devos’ actions in support of vouchers are seen by many as a way for her to move government money over to church activities, which is in violation of the constitutional ideal of the separation of church and state.

 

 

The Public and Private Face of Betsy Devos on Transgender Issues

 

Devos has been weathering many public relations storms since her appointment, and one area where she’s been involved in a controversy is on the issue of transgender students use of bathrooms that match their current gender identification. The Obama administration passed a policy in support of transgender students being able to use restrooms matching their current gender, but the Trump administration has now moved to rescind the ruling. In public, Betsy Devos seemed to support the actions of the Trump administration. Her attitude showed her to be following along with Trump, as she deemed the Obama administration’s move an example of “overreach” by the government. Insiders who know Devos, however, have reported that in private, she met with the representative of a group of transgender and gay employees who work in the education department, with the goal of warning them in advance of the ruling, so they could have time to prepare.

 

All of this speaks to what some people feel is an inconsistency in Ms. Devos views. While Ms. Devos publicly has a warm and graceful persona (which could be construed as “meek”) the fact is that those who have known her from her political actions back in Michigan say in reality she is tough political operator who is not above using her family fortune to influence political outcomes and take down those who cross her.

 

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The Charity Work and Life of Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos Jr. is an investor and businessman based in Michigan. Dick is also an accomplished author who was born in October 21, 1955. Dick is the eldest son Richard DeVos, the co-founder and president of the Amway Corporation. From 1993 to 2002 Dick served at the consumer goods distribution company as its chief executive officer. In 2012, DeVos ran for the Michigan Governor, but he lost to the then Jennifer Granholm Democratic incumbent. He is the husband of Betsy DeVos, who is the 11th United States Secretary of Education.

 

Dick DeVos graduated from the Forest Hills public school system. He attended North Wood University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Dick DeVos later paid to attend Harvard Business School, but he did not complete the course. DeVos has received several honorary doctorates from Central Michigan University, Grove city College and Northwood University. Dick DeVos is also a distinguished alumnus of Northwood University. He has worked in some executive positions and has been a leader in many community initiatives.

 

DeVos started his career at Amway Corporation in 1994 where he headed positions in various departments such as finance, sales, manufacturing, marketing, research, and development. He became one of the Amway vice presidents in 1984, taking the responsibilities of the firm operations in 18 countries. The organization tripled its foreign sales exceeding its domestic sales and opened numerous new markets in his leadership.

 

Richard DeVos, Dick’s father, became the president and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Basketball Associations (NBA) Orlando Magic in 1991. On October 21st, 2005 DeVos has announced the next part owner because his father had split ownership evenly among his children. Dick became Orlando Magic’s president and the chief executive officer.

 

Dick DeVos became one of the Michigan State Board of Education in 1990 after winning the election. He resigned after two years of his eight-year term because he wanted to return to Amway as CEO. Dick was appointed a board of control at the Grand Valley State University by Governor John Engler in 1996. In 2008, Dick DeVos and his wife, Gila, teamed up to start The Dick & Betsy DeVos Scholarship to support the Thunderbird School of Global Management’s MS, MA, and MBA. Betsy and DeVos also committed $22.5 million in 2010 to the Kennedy Centre Institute of Arts and Management. The Devos family has donated funds to Northwood University including buildings, financial donations, and scholarships. They believe that public health and safety are essential.

 

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Adam Milstein Fights Anti-Semitism

While society may seem more tolerant than ever, prejudice is still alive and rampant in many areas of the world. Racism, sexism, xenophobia and religious discrimination are still prevalent and pose a growing threat. One successful real estate investor is actively fighting hate and prejudice through his activism and philanthropic work.

 

Adam Milstein is an Israeli-American real estate investor and managing partner of Hager Pacific Properties. Having been born and raised in Israel, Adam Milstein moved to the United States in 1981. Passionate about his Israeli heritage and Jewish pride, Milstein and his wife started the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation in 2000. The foundation is an organization that sponsors education for young professionals to connect with the State of Israel and better identify with their Jewish roots. Adam Milstein has also co-founded the Israeli-American Council, a group that has become the fastest growing Jewish organization in America. Taking advabtage of current technology, Milstein recently started The Adam Milstein Podcast, a radio show that airs conversations with artists, policymakers and elected officials.

 

Being empassioned about Jewish culture and active in the community, recent acts of anti-semitism have hit Adam Milstein very hard. Modern anti-semitism is coming from various groups, including radical Christians on the far right and anti-Israel groups on the far left. Milstein is particularly concerned about growing hostility towards Israel coming from young progressives on the Left who disguise their anti-semitism as intersectionality with Islamists. This hatred for Israel and the Jewish community is often presented as politically correct behavior, but is actually a new form of anti-semitism.

 

Adam Milstein wants society to take notice of the recent hate crimes and behavior towards the Jewish community. He encourages taking a stand for Israel and its people, rather than letting anti-semitism rise again as it has throughout history.

 

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