Mentorship stands the test of time as being one of the best ways to help another person reach their potential. A mentor holds the capability of turning your greatest weaknesses into your greatest strengths. While it remains true that we cannot always be taught in person by the one we want to emulate, the option of studying their lives is still available to us. One life that the girls of this generation would do well to study is the life of Betsy DeVos. DeVos has much to teach young women if they are humble enough to learn from her.
Betsy DeVos can teach young women the importance of starting off on a solid foundation. Just as a runner will have a harder time taking off in a patch of slippery mud, so will and a young girl who is trying to launch success off a shaky foundation. DeVos set a strong foundation for herself by attending both Holland Christian High School as well as Calvin College. These private institutions taught her how to impact the world. At Calvin College, she received a degree in Business Economics. This degree would be put to use as she advocated for her passion for education.
Betsy DeVos can also teach young women the importance of spreading one’s values. Everyone who is a success in this world has spread their values in one way or another. DeVos did that by serving the Republican Party by holding office. She was elected the Republican National Committeewoman by the state of Michigan in 1992. She served in this role for five years before leaving her seat. In 1996, the Michigan Republican Party elected her as Chairwoman, a role she filled for four years. She would again be elected to this role in 2003.
DeVos’ crowning achievement politically was her appointment to the Secretary of Education for the United States of America. She was appointed to this role because of her passion for school choice, school vouchers, and charter schools.
Betsy DeVos can also teach young women the importance of being generous which is especially true in a society that promotes selfishness. Betsy DeVos and her family have been ranked by Forbes as the 24th most generous family in America. DeVos supported organizations she believed in by giving them over $139 million.
Betsy DeVos can also teach young women the importance of starting something that matters. Betsy co-founded with her husband Dick the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The Foundation stands on Christian values and seeks to promote the ideals and virtues that make our country strong; namely, education, leadership, community, arts, and justice. Such foundations solidify what it means for this amazing country to be great.
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