The Women Who Empower #TeamIvanka
Meet the moms, mentors and friends that inspire us to Be Bold for Change.
In honor of International Women’s Day, Team Ivanka is recognizing the women in our lives who inspire us to #BeBoldForChange, the theme of this year’s celebration. From a strong squad of girlfriends to a supermom, we’re sharing our champions with you—their advice included! Have someone of your own in mind? Give them a shoutout in the
Abigail Klem, President
I would never have had the courage to have a child on my own without the unconditional love and support of my sister. She has taught me so much in my life but, mostly, she has reminded me that I am not in this alone. She has shown me that you can achieve so much and overcome your biggest fears when you know that someone is standing behind you and beside you.
Camilla Venturi, Graphic Designer
My mother had me when she was very young and she fought hard to raise me, basically by herself, and give me everything she could—passing on her dreams, so mine could come true. She is my best friend, my support and the reason why I always want to give it my all to make her really proud.
Rosemary K. Young, VP of Marketing and Brand Strategy
My husband and I are raising three little girls who I hope will one day be strong and empowered women. My daughters inspire me to work harder as I want to show them through my own actions that we can create our own rules about what it means to be a working mother. It's not always easy but I feel proud to be a part of paving the way for our next generation of women leaders.
Vanessa Street-Mason, Graphic Designer
As a teen mom, my mother had to make sacrifices for her children while becoming a woman in her own right. Since I have the opportunity to pursue the life I want without the responsibility of a family right now, she always advises me to do what I want in my life and not to worry about what other people think.
Sarah Warren, VP of Creative
I'm grateful to have a solid group of girlfriends who love and support me, always. They celebrate big wins, lift me up in lower moments and are just a text away anytime I need a laugh. We're spread out across the world these days, but I know they're forever in my corner—pushing me to be my best, and cheering me on regardless.
Anne Ebani, Assistant Editor
From racing to get me to a train (when against the clock) to working nearly 24/7 as an office manager while caring for her family, my rockstar mother has always made the impossible seem possible. She has set an example, first-hand, that I can do it all. Selfless, beautiful and strong, she encourages me to speak up by reminding me, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.”
Kelly Del Sordi, Licensing Director
My sisters are my “tribe.” We are all drastically different but can make each other laugh harder than anyone else. We've been through a lot together in the past few years and our laughter has carried us through. They motivate me to always keep my sense of humor.
Torie Greenberg, Concept Design Manager
My mom has been encouraging me to follow my dreams since I was a young girl. She would tell me, “Do what makes you happy in life and success will follow.” Knowing that she is always there to inspire and believe in me has pushed me to be fearless and dream big.
Francesca Farrugia, Senior Marketing Manager
My friend Jenna is possibly the most positive person I know. She makes me want to strive to be a better friend to all. She knows when to send a text that will make me laugh and is the first person to initiate making plans. She goes out of her way to include everyone and makes it a point to call and catch-up, which is so important these days!
Batsheva Loeb, Marketing Assistant
My mother is my greatest role model. She truly is a supermom. The best piece of advice she ever gave me was, "Keep your options open; never close any doors. You never know where life will take you.”
Morgan Pekera, Licensing Coordinator
My mom has always empowered me to be the very best that I can be and is my biggest cheerleader. I’m so grateful to have such a strong female role model in my life. The best piece of advice she gave me everyday as a kid, and continues to tell me now, is to “make good choices!”—words to live by.
Jackie Zaffarano, Concept Design Associate
My mom has always supported my ambitions and never let me give up on my passions and dreams. This taught me to always fight for what was important to me. Whenever I'd get frustrated or go through difficult times, she encouraged me to keep going and never give up!