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What you need to know about Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos has been in forefront advocating for the rights of children. She seeks to empower parents to make choices that won’t include confining their children to unfavorable environment regarding education.Since her times in Calvin College, Betsy DeVos has been active in politics driving change and bringing policies that seek to solve major life challenges.Betsy DeVos is blending her influence both in business and in politics, to drive this positive change and reward students with chances of learning in schools of their choices.In business, Betsy DeVos concentrates in investing in innovative businesses that aim at providing lasting solution to social problems. Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick DeVos founded a company that ventures in technology, manufacturing, and production of clean energy.Besides business and politics, Betsy DeVos is a philanthropist. She chairs Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation and other local and national nonprofit organizations such as Kids Hope USA, Mars Hill Bible Church, and also chairs American Federation for Children (AFC) and Alliance for School Choice.Through all her involvement in charities, she has only one motive; to advocate for the educational-choice programme. This program enables parents to take their children to the schools of their choices.Betsy DeVos’ efforts are bearing fruits, and people are starting to take note of its potential. When the program started, Betsy and her husband only aimed at helping few families to take their children to schools of their choices.But now the program has gained popularity nationally, with more states in America embracing the revolution. For instance, Betsy, on interview with Philanthropy, revealed that there are over 250,000 students joining public schools under the educational-choice program.

Birth of educational-choice program

Betsy knowing how hard it is to offer your children’s  best education, especially with low-income earners, decided to offer them a reprieve through scholarships.Though the program was successful, Betsy noted that it wasn’t all inclusive, in that it was not serving its intentioned purpose fully. At the time, she was the chair of Michigan Republican Party. She successfully initiated efforts to reform education policies.Later when the program witnessed so much success, they expanded their influence to include national level, which meant many would benefit from it. And that’s how she got involved with AFC and initiated joined efforts to make education beneficial to all.

Program’s successes

Since its launch, the educational-choice program has been received very well all over America with Florida posting most encouraging results, Betsy notes in an interview with Philanthropy over 50,000 students attending schools of their family’s choice.Besides Florida, Betsy also mentioned Indiana and Louisiana where the program is on its way to enrolling nearly one million students per year.Betsy believes that making education bipartisan will go a long way to benefitting more families all over America.

Educational options

Betsy believes that offering more educational options will be of value to students and their families. These include homeschooling, charter schools, and virtual schools among other options.

About Betsy DeVos

Betsy is the serving as the 11th secretary of education in the United States, and she has been advocating for educational reforms for over three decades now. She’s majorly targeting the helpless parents who have no one to go to.She graduated with a degree in arts at Calvin College. She’s married to philanthropist, community activist, and entrepreneur Dick DeVos.

Susan McGalla and her contribution to gender-diverse leadership

Upon reading a news article on the Phillypurge website titled “How Pittsburg’s Susan McGalla Paved the Way for Women in Leadership” I had a first-time look into Susan McGalla’s success story and how her success serves as a role model for women with leadership abilities. The article starts off with a brief overview of McGalla’s rise to leadership with American Eagle Outfitters which led to her success with other organizations such as the Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburg Steelers as well as the P3 Executive Consulting which she founded herself. The article then goes on to provide the reader with useful information that can be used to defeat gender barriers to leadership positions and provide women with opportunities to find the same kind of success that Susan McGalla did. One major solution that the article suggests is the use of executive sponsorships which alongside mentorship can be used to make companies more gender-diverse. Ultimately, the article reveals that according to statistics, companies with higher diversity levels tend to outperform others.

Further research into the story of Susan McGalla led me to discover that she was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on May 31st, 1964. Susan was raised by a father who was a football coach and would always strive to push her and her brothers to be the very best that they could be, regardless of their gender. Susan’s parents emphasized hard-work, dedication and not being afraid to present new ideas. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing at Mount Union College, she worked her way up through numerous executive positions at American Eagle Outfitters that were normally run by men.

She eventually worked her way up to the the position of president of the entire company before leaving to establish her own company called P3 Executive Consulting where she worked as a private business consultant for retail and financial industries. She has also held other highly-esteemed executive positions for companies such as HFF Inc. where she was appointed Board of Directors and Wet Seal Inc. where she became Chief Executive Officer. Susan credits a lot her success to her ability to work comfortably with both genders and serves as a role model for women with leadership abilities.