From Ivanka's Desk: The 2016 Forbes Women's Summit
Hear about Ivanka's inspiring conversation with Gayle King.
From Ivanka: The Forbes Women's Summit is an important event. Each year, it brings together women from diverse backgrounds and industries to share their stories and celebrate their successes as women who work. It's always incredible to see such a large group of powerful, passionate women together in one space. Yesterday, I had the honor of sharing the stage with the inimitable Gayle King (who wore our Carra Pumps!). During the course of our conversation, we spoke about my careers in real estate and fashion, adjusting to an ever-brightening spotlight and working with my siblings. See a few highlights and watch the full interview below!
I've become more open-minded as I've gotten further into my career
I knew early on that I wanted to be a builder. In college, I thought about my path as being very linear: I'll finish school and I'll go on to work in real estate and I'll build X number of buildings. What I didn't know was that there would be so many other opportunities along the way. Now, I always keep my mind open to entrepreneurial opportunities.
I don't take my family business for granted
Family businesses either work very well or very badly; there's rarely an in-between. My siblings and I make an effort to support each other and never undermine one another. We know that, as a collective, we can do much more than any one of us could do alone. We don't take our success for granted, and we challenge each other to be the best versions of ourselves.
Prioritization is the key to juggling multiple roles
I'm cognizent of being where I'm needed to be at any given point. At the end of the week, I look back and say, "Was I with my children when I needed to be with them? Did they feel like I was there for them?" The same goes for work. I ask myself, "Am I focusing on the areas of my business where I'm needed the most?" The answer isn't always a perfect "yes," but, in general, checking in with myself and my priorities helps me stay on track.
I feel more confident than ever as a mom
When Arabella was born, I was very nervous, as any first-time mom is. With Theodore, I have more confidence in my abilities as a mother, and I'm much more relaxed. That confidence allows me to embrace this special time with him. I realize he won't be an infant for long, so I'm focused on being present, as opposed to worried.
I want to change the narrative around women who work
We are a generation of women where the majority of us are in the workforce, and yet there's still a caricature of the working woman that's entirely one-dimentional. I hope that changes by the time Arabella is in the workforce, and I want to be a part of creating that change.
Passion is a great equalizier
You have to have a bold vision and work hard. I've never known someone to be highly successful who cuts corners or who isn't passionate. You can have the greatest education, but if you don't love what you're doing, you're just not going to work as hard as someone who does. In that way, it levels the playing field, because it's the people who do what they do from a place of passion that ultimately succeed. Image courtesy of Forbes Photographer: Jordan Tempro