Ivanka Trump has had an interesting career trajectory that has been shaped by her father, President Donald J. Trump, in a number of different ways. However, Ivanka has proven to be an effective and thoughtful leader in her father’s administration. Despite facing unfair accusations of nepotism, Ivanka has proven to be an asset to President Trump’s cabinet and to the United States of America.
Having attended Georgetown University for two years before transferring to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, she graduated cum laude in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. She decided to follow in her successful father’s footsteps. He also had graduated from Wharton himself after attending two years at Fordham University.
Soon after this, Ivanka continued to follow in her father’s footsteps and started her career in real estate. She briefly worked for Forest City Enterprises where she held the position of project manager. Soon after this, however, she joined the Trump Organization in 2005. Here, she served as Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions.
She would go on to start several different business ventures, though in 2015 she officially made a shift into politics as her father began he 2016 run for president of the United States. Throughout the campaign, Ivanka made a series of speeches endorsing her father. These speeches focused on how her father could help rebuild the American dream.
In January 2017, shortly after his father’s inauguration as President, Ivanka resigned from her position at the Trump Organization. In accordance with official advice on federal ethics rules, all images of Ivanka and her father were removed from the organization’s websites.
On March 29, 2017, the President appointed Ivanka as ‘First Daughter and Senior Advisor to the President.” Ivanka Trump was officially made a government employee. According to administration officials, she does not receive a salary for this position.
In April of 2017, Ivanka hired Julie Radford as her chief of staff. The two, accompanied by Dina Powell and Hope Hicks, attended the first W20 women’s summit. The event was organized by the National Council of German Women’s Organizations and the Association of German Women Entrepreneurs. At this conference, Ivanka spoke passionately about women’s rights and the different changes that need to be made to help empower women.
In January 2018, biographer and journalist Michael Wolf released a book featuring interviews with members of the President’s inner circle. In the book, Wolf claimed that Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner had come to an agreement that if the opportunity were to arise, Ivanka would run for president. Something that a majority of supporters of the GOP believed would be good for the party.
One of the most major political events Ivanka Trump took part in was the June 30, 2019 meeting between her father and the North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un. These talks took place within the Korean peninsula’s DMZ. In interviews after this meeting, Ivanka described the event as a ‘surreal’ experience for her. She was integral in facilitating and supporting a meeting between the two to help pave the way for a better relationship between North Korea and the United States.
Throughout 2019, Ivanka set off on a world tour in order to promote her “Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative”. During this tour, she spoke in Ethiopia, the Ivory Coast, Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, and Morocco. She also attended the 74th United Nations General Assembly to promote her initiative.
Despite 2020 being a tumultuous year, Ivanka has stepped up to support the GOP and her results prove that she has been indispensable to America. In her role as Advisor, she has made it her mission to help improve the economic standing of women across the nation. In this capacity she has helped create jobs in order to stimulate economic growth through workforce development, skills training and entrepreneurship.
Ivanka is also a New York Times Bestselling Author. Her book, Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success, is a step-by-step guide on finding happiness as a woman in America. Regardless of how you define success, Ivanka’s book provides advice to women about how to create a life filled with love and gratification. Because Ivanka is passionate about empowering women, the unpaid portion of her advance and all future royalties received from Women Who Work to the Ivanka M. Trump Charitable Fund.
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