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Betsy DeVos: Fighting for Equal Educational Opportunities

Betsy DeVos was born and raised in Michigan where she attended Calvin College, a Christian Liberal Arts school. While in college, DeVos became involved in politics and such involvement has continued throughout her life. She has spent the last 30 years since then running campaigns, party organizations and political action committees.

DeVos has been the chair of the Windquest Group, a firm founded with husband Dick. The group invests in technology, manufacturing and clean energy. In addition to her work with the group, Betsy DeVos has been the chair of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. She has been a board member of the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, Mars Hill Bible Church, Kids Hope USA, and the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Devos has been a leading advocate for the school choice movement.

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When DeVos' children were school age, she had to face a harsh reality in that not all children had the same access to educational opportunities. Betsy DeVos made a commitment to make a difference. She spent 15 years being a mentor to at-risk students in the Grand Rapids, Michigan public schools. She and her husband visited Potter's House Christian School in Grand Rapids. DeVos was moved by the families that were clearly struggling to keep their children learning in a safe learning environment. Betsy and Dick DeVos started helping to support individual students at the school. That support grew into a larger financial commitment, and the DeVos' continue their support to that school today. That experience sparked an interest in helping struggling families to choose better educational opportunities. Realizing that not all parents of school children had the opportunity to express the need for better educational opportunities for their children, Betsy DeVos committed herself to being their voice. She joined the fight for school choice so every parent could choose better schools regardless of district zoned school and regardless of income.

On February 7, 2017, Betsy DeVos became the 11th United States Secretary of Education under President Donald Trump. Together with the president, DeVos intends to continue her passion of the last 30 years working for educational reform. She has worked to get school choice in 25 states and the District of Columbia. She intends to work on creating equal opportunities for education the new reality. Visit Betsy’s profile on


Helane Morrison Is the Kind of Compliance Officer That Can Alleviate the Widespread Corruption in the Financial Sector

The financial sector has long been a breeding ground for corruption and unfairness. Many seemingly fair and lawful financial institutions have risen over the years due to this corruption. It was just a well kept secret by those in the know who were benefiting from the corruption until 2007/2008. In my opinion, greed is a major driving force for what's wrong with the world today. Many hardships that afflict this world are given life to by greedy individuals.


The financial crises that followed the economic collapse in these combined years effectively uncovered much of the widespread corruption that many U.S. citizens, me included were previously unaware of. This upset the balance of the financial sector substantially. Well respected and prominent financial institutions began to sink. Their only hope was to seek out bailouts allotted by the government. I, along with many American citizens, lost trust in financial institutions, especially big banks that take advantage of the "little guy."


The uncovered corruption has also affected the way people go about investing in the financial industry. Instead of seeking out consultation from financial institutions like in the past, people are now taking matters into their own hands and making investment decisions themselves.


Compliance officers like Helane Morrison will play a big role in helping financial institutions regain the trust of the American public. Helane Morrison is a premiere compliance officer whose company values her role. She has had to work very hard to become one of the premiere compliance officers in a predominantly male profession. Her opinions on corporate decisions are especially valued and considered. Morrison has spent time as a journalist and civil servant that has focused on the corrupt financial sector.


These days, Helane Morrison works with Hall Capital Partners LLC. She hold various positions within the company such as, Chief Compliance Officer and Managing Director.


Morrison worked as a regional head for United State Securities and Exchange Commission eight years prior to joining Hall Capital Partners.


Morrison has a background in law. She attended and graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism. She is also a graduate of the University of California where she received a J.D.