New Delhi: Ivanka Trump is not merely the daughter and advisor to the President of the United States of America, the former model and businesswoman has more accolades than just the ‘silver-spoon’ that she was born with.
“Entrepreneur, passionate advocate for education and empowerment of women and girls” is how Ivanka describes herself on her social media pages. The second child of the Donald Trump was 24 when she joined her family business in an executive role, prior to which she worked briefly for Forest City Enterprises.
However, the flight to corporate stardom began in 2007 when she partnered with a diamond vendor, Dynamic Diamond Corp, to bring to the retail stage ‘Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry’, a diamond and gold jewellery line sold at her flagship store in Manhattan, USA. In November 2011, her retail outlet moved from Madison Avenue to 109 Mercer Street, a larger space in the fashionable Soho district.
Every spike has a period of lull, it happened with Ivanka’s business too.
On October 2, 2015, retail website racked.com reported that "Ivanka Trump's flagship store on Mercer Street appears to be closed". Noting that the shop had been "stripped clean", the report said that it is not clear when the shop stopped doing business.
Braving the hurdles, Ivanka went on to spread the wings of her retail product to Canada, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Ivanka’s prowess as a leading businesswoman was acknowledged by the Wharton Club of New York in 2012 when the alumni association of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for the New York metropolitan area, gave Ivanka the Joseph Wharton Award for Young Leadership.
Ivanka also went on to become Executive Vice-President of Development & Acquisitions at the Trump Organisation. In December 2012, members of 100 Women in Hedge Funds elected Ivanka to their board, an honour only bestowed upon a few.
She now has her own line of fashion items, including clothes, handbags, shoes, accessories and more, which are available in all major US departmental stores.
Prior to venturing into business, Ivanka walked the ramp in her teens. She was featured on the cover of the May 1997 issue of ‘Seventeen’, which ran a story on "Celeb Moms & Daughters".
After she joined the Trump Organisation in an executive position and started her jewellery, shoe, and apparel lines, she appeared in advertisements promoting the Trump Organisation along with her products.
The daughter of the President of arguably the most powerful country in the world is “excited”, as she tweets, for her visit to India as the representative of the US contingent in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, 2017 to be held in Hyderabad from 28 to 30 November.
The global event has its theme: “Women first, prosperity for all”.