Ivanka, who celebrates her 39th birthday tomorrow, is an advisor to US President Donald Trump and has supported his 2020 campaign. Nicknamed the First Daughter, she has worked alongside her family for many years before her father won the 2016 US election over Hillary Clinton. Ivanka revealed the difficulties of being so close to her relatives in a candid interview about women in the workplace.
Ivanka admitted that in her opinion a family business only goes one of two ways either “very well or very badly” with “almost nothing in between”.
As an 18-year-old she wanted “to be a builder” and to “change the skylines” of some of the world’s most notable cities.
While real estate was her initial goal, she claimed to have no idea about the “other opportunities that would present themselves” to her.
Outside of construction and real estate, she also had her own clothing line, served on her father’s campaign trail and then became one of his White House advisors.
When asked at the 2016 Forbes Women’s Summit about how disagreements between herself, future President Trump and her siblings were resolved, Ivanka quipped: “I win of course.”
She claimed that all of the former business tycoon’s children understood that “as a collective” they could achieve “much more than any one of us could do individually”.
Ivanka said that the mutual agreement made it “much easier” and it “does really work well” – in later interviews, she has regularly admitted to disagreements with President Trump over policy issues.
She added: “We don’t take it for granted when family business does work well… you push each other, you complement each other, you don’t let things go if you deeply feel like it’s the wrong direction.
“I think we really challenge each other to be the best versions of ourselves and it’s been great.”
Ivanka admitted that while they got on, it was “chaotic” due to her busy schedule – the struggles of balancing multiple businesses, projects and her family life.
She continued: “It’s just chaos, everything is chaotic… It’s a wild chaotic exhausting time in my life but ultimately I don’t think I’d want it any other way.
“It’s working for me, but in terms of how I navigate my different roles, both as a parent and then as an executive?
“I try to be where I’m needed to be at that point in time and to me that’s what matters the most.
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“At the end of the week, I think back and say, ‘Was I with my children when I needed to be with my children? Did they feel like I was there when they needed me?’ If I accomplish that I feel good.
“There are some weeks I don’t perfectly accomplish that and the same in business, ‘Am I focusing on the areas of our business that need me the most?’
“Or am I getting bogged down in the minutiae that somebody else could be doing arguably better than I would?”
Ivanka expressed her hope to shatter the “hilarious caricature of the working woman” which she described as “very one-dimensional and flat”.
She continued: “I don’t think this represents any of the working women in this room or out there.
“There is this negative bias… I don’t think I’ve heard the expression ‘a man who works’ or ‘a working man’ but when it’s applied to women there’s a connotation.
“I believe that will change by the time – I’m hopeful – that my daughter is an adult but I really want to be part of the effort to change that.”