Betsy DeVos, a Cheerful Giver and a Reformer

In an interview with Philanthropy, Betsy DeVos was asked to paint a picture of success as she would see it when she retired. In response to this, Betsy said that in retirement, she would feel fulfilled if parents were able to pick the best educational environment and setting for their children. Betsy was clear that this she hoped would be the plight of all parents without regard to the area they were from in America.


Charter Schools


Asked about Charter schools, Betsy said that these provided a choice for parents. She says that Charter schools are part of the solution that parents can look to along with virtual schools, and homeschooling. Betsy also spoke of magnet schools, vouchers and tax credits as being among the choices parents can pick from today.


Lobbying Vis a Vis Charity


Asked how she allocates her time between lobbying and charity, Betsy says she does not really differentiate the two and allocate time. Both she says are geared towards improving the work that together with her family and husband she has labored tirelessly for. She is however quick to point out that she is scrupulous about the allocations of resources and personnel in the ‘public-policy advocacy’. She said that as a volunteer, she spends a good many hours challenging and encouraging donors to involve themselves in advocacy as this is how real change is born.


Betsy DeVos


Betsy has spent over 15 years as a school mentor to vulnerable public school students in the Grand Rapids area. She cites that her interactions with children as a mentor had changed her perspective on education forever. This change has been the wind beneath her wing even as she supports creation of better educational choices in America. Before being confirmed as Education Secretary, Betsy served as Windquest Group’s chairman. She equally served on numerous charitable organizations’ boards such as ArtPrize, ‘Mars Hill Bible Church’, Kids Hope, ‘Kendall College of Art and Design’ and the ‘Kennedy Center for Performing Arts’.


Today, Betsy DeVos is the 11th ‘secretary of education’ in the US. Upon being nominated by President Trump, she was subsequently confirmed by the senate on February 2017. Her confirmation was welcome news to her seeing as she has been a champion for children and a voice for guardians and parents. Betsy’s passion for education was sparked when she was still in school by her mum, a school teacher. Seeing how the public education in her area was limited as far as delivery goes, she begun to raise her voice for more educational opportunities and choices. Devos went to Calvin College where she graduated with a ‘Bachelor’s of Arts Degree’. She married her husband Dick DeVos, a philanthropist, entrepreneur and community activist. Together the couple has four children and many grand children.


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The Little Known Early Life of Cassio Audi

Cassio Audi today is a renowned entrepreneur in Brazil. He has been a key player in the Brazil’s financial sector. He has held reputable executive positions in various financial organizations. He has been a financial director at Gillette and served as a financial analyst at Dow Chemical. Has also worked as CFO at three other organizations; GVMI, Rossi Residential and Brookfield Real Estate Partners. What many people do not know is that he had been a musician in his earlier life. He had run a successful music career before quitting to join the financial sector.

In the 1880’s, Cassio Audi was a member of a band group called Viper. Viper was a famous metallic music band back then in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Cassio’s used to be the drummer for the group and usually played during live performances. He also composed songs for the group. The Viper drew their inspirations from the popular British bands such as the Iron Maid and was able to grow faster. Cassio’s and his counterparts in the band were able to grow their reach across the Latin America rapidly. The band first demo album was called the Killera Sword and was released in 1985. They later released their first official album called Soldier of Sunrise. This album received great reception all over the globe and saw the group take on a world tour to popularize it. It is after this album the Cassio Audi quit the music world and went back to college to pursue studies in finances.

Cassio Audi holds a degree in business administration that has seen him become a prominent individual in the financial sector. Even though Cassio Audi left the music career, his followers still believe that he was talented and would have gone very far within the music industry. His impact in shaping the music industry in Brazil during that era is undisputable.