Doe Deere’s original namewas Xenia Vorotova, and she was born in Izhevsk, Russia. She had dreams that the United States was a place where dreams come true. She adapted this opinion from music, movies and magazines about America. When she turned 17, Doe and her family, which included her mother and younger sister moved to the United States looking for something better. They decided to take a chance on New York.
With the population of New York being massively bigger, it was a place that they had to get used to. They new they would have to work their way up from the bottom up as it was a very competitive place. They quickly found out that with their mom’s life savings and insane work ethic was not enough to keep the small family ahead. Taking up odd jobs and doing what they could to make ends meet, this life took its tole on the family. Eventually the family had to move into a homeless shelter in Manhattan. 6 months of living in a homeless shelter was hard on the family. It was during this time that Doe took to day dreaming about being a fashion designer and starting documenting her dream. Through all of this they kept working hard and saving money. The small family was starting to lose hope.
Finally, in 1999 they were introduced to Sanctuary for Families. A non-profit legal organization that helped female immigrants. Here is where they met Dorchen Leidholdt, an inspiring woman who worked as a lawyer and feminist. It was this lady who helped Doe’s mother obtain her first job as an accountant in the states. She also assisted Doe on getting into the Fashion Institute of Technology– which was backed by her sketches from the shelter. Later on she helped Doe’s little sister into Columbia University where she attended on a full scholarship and graduated with honors.
By 2000, the family moved out of the shelter to the Lehman Projects. Not an ideal place to live but a step up from the shelter. Doe and her sister even had their own rooms. It was then that Doe realized that what they had been through as a family taught them to stay together through the hard times and pushed them towards success even more. After going through these hardships, Doe found her passion as an entrepreneur. She started her own makeup business Lime Crime. She states that she couldn’t have reached success in wanting the “American Dream” without the trials that her and her family experienced.
Wes Edens is among the world’s leading financial minds and one of the three co-founders of the prestigious investment management organization Fortress Investment Group. He started the firm in 1998 alongside Rob Kauffman and Randal Nardone and continues to be a major player in the firm’s development in the wake of its acquisition by Japan’s SoftBank. Over his highly successful career, Wes Edens has developed an impeccable reputation for being able to cash in on situations that seem like they would be a loss. While many were reeling from the financial crisis that exploded in 2008, Wes Edens found ways to make a good thing out of a bad situation. 2010 saw Wes find success in the subprime lending industry only two years removed from 2008’s financial crash. Since that time he has also become a major player in the realm of professional sports ownership. Wes Edens is currently a co-owner of the Bucks of the NBA and also English soccer club Aston Villa.
In addition to his massive commitment to Fortress Investment Group and his pro sports franchises that he owns, Wes Edens has also been spending a lot of time lately in helping to develop and grow his newest business venture. He has recently gotten into the public transportation business and his new Brightline train service is making a massive difference in the lives of many commuters in South Florida who have long suffered dealing with congested road conditions during their morning and evening commutes.
It has long been a nightmare for commuters to get between the South Florida municipalities of Fort Lauderdale and Miami as a drive that should take under an hour can often extend to multiple ones when conditions are bad. The Brightline train has been making the lives of many of these commuters much easier and it has been such a success that there are now many other U.S. city combos that are trying to get this service brought to them as well. Soon there could be similar services running in places such as St. Louis to Chicago and Charlotte to Atlanta.
Washington D.C. is a tough place, and it is even tougher on the politicians and lawmakers who choose to work there every day. Betsy DeVos is widely known in Michigan for her ability to fight for what she believes in and for her determination and grit. When she was called upon to serve as the Secretary of Education for the United States, she answered the call. During her confirmation hearings, she faced some of the toughest and nastiest opposition who were all highly critical of her views. Many people were surprised by how civil she was during the hearings, and many others were not. This is the way Mrs. DeVos has always been; gracious, civil, and respectful but also very formidable.
When president Trump decided to rescind a law that allowed transgender students to use a bathroom that aligned with their gender identity, Betsy DeVos quietly disagreed. She decided to meet with a transgender and gay employee representative from the Department of Education to let them know what was about to happen. In public, she never appeared to be distressed by what Trump did, and she also joined him when he made the announcement. This caused some people to believe that she would serve as a quiet team player who simply does what she is told. Those from her home state of Michigan already knew this wasn’t the case. People close to her also revealed that while she was a bit bothered by how she was treated during her confirmations, that she had already moved on and was ready to get to work.
Betsy DeVos has been battling it out with those who don’t agree with her points of view for many years. To some people, the confirmation hearings might have seemed a bit brutal, and it might have appeared that she was ready to give up. This was never the case and was evident in the way that she handled it all with grace and dignity. After being made to look ignorant by her opposition, she called up the two leaders of the largest teachers’ unions in the United States to meet with them. These leaders are Lily Eskelsen García and Randi Weingarten who both have opposing political views when compared to DeVos. While Garcia decided not to meet with DeVos, Weingarten did. Weingarten later commented that too many people underestimate Betsy DeVos and that they would be wise not to.
Betsy DeVos has now settled into her role as the Secretary of Education for the U.S.A., and she has already made a difference. Many politicians in Washington D.C. are now beginning to see that she was and is the right woman for the job. The nation is in need of strong but caring leaders, and she fits the bill in every way.