Ivanka Trump is one of the most recognized and influential young business women today. As executive vice president of development & acquisitions for The Trump Organization, Ivanka is charged with the domestic and global expansion of the company’s luxury hotel and real estate
interests. Along with her father, Donald J. Trump and her siblings, Donald Jr. and Eric, Ivanka — who joined the organization in 2005 — directs all aspects of the company’s real estate and hotel management platforms.
Ivanka actively participates in all aspects of both Trump® and Trump branded projects, including deal evaluation, pre-development planning, financing, design, sales and marketing, ensuring that Trump’s world-renowned physical and operational standards are met. She is involved in decisions large and small — from the acquisition phase to determining the interior selections and amenities for residences and hotel suites.
Since joining The Trump Organization, one of Ivanka’s primary strategies has been to bring the Trump Hotel Collection brand to global markets. Having founded Trump Hotel Collection with her adult brothers in 2007, Ivanka has been instrumental in expanding it as the next generation of luxury hospitality. Today, Trump Hotel Collection is acknowledged among the leading hotel management companies in the industry.
In addition to overseeing development and hotel operations, Ivanka also spearheads the interior design decisions for Trump Hotel Collection properties and provides the creative vision for the brand as a whole. Presently, the Trump Hotel Collection portfolio includes the highly acclaimed Trump International Hotel & Tower New York, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach and the recently opened Trump SoHo New York. Additional hotel projects expected to join the Trump Hotel Collection include Toronto, Panama, Cap Cana, Scotland and New Orleans.
Under Ivanka’s direction, the Forbes Five-Star Trump International Hotel & Tower New York, the flagship property of the Trump Hotel Collection, just completed an extensive US$30 million renovation of its 167 guest rooms & suites. Across the Trump properties, she works extensively alongside the most talented designers in the world, most recently with David Rockwell on the interiors of the newly opened Trump SoHo New York.
Ivanka has also been the vision behind The Spa at Trump brand including its platform of five intentions matched to signature gemstone treatments and which is incorporated into many Trump Hotel Collection properties.
Ivanka is also actively involved in Trump Towers, Istanbul, a Trump-branded development consisting of two towers- office and residential, along with a 400,000-square-foot luxury retail shopping center. This property is the first Trump venture in that part of the world, and is located in Istanbul’s most coveted business and residential area.
In addition to her work at The Trump Organization, Ivanka is a principal of Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, which launched a store on Madison Avenue in New York City with great success in 2007.
Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry is currently expanding retail distribution through exclusive national and international retail partners including Saks Fifth Avenue. In her collection, Ivanka combines an innate understanding of modern luxury with a vision of heirloom-chic jewelry that fits perfectly into the lives of today’s intelligent, self-assured women and inspires elegance in a new generation.
Ivanka also recently announced a partnership with Marc Fisher footwear to launch the Ivanka Trump Footwear Collection (December 2010) and a partnership with Mondani Handbags and Accessories to launch Ivanka Trump Handbags (January 2011). Both lines will consist of contemporary pieces inspired by a timeless, glamorous aesthetic.
In addition to her many business ventures, Ivanka is also a global media personality. She has been featured in countless outlets worldwide including Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, CNN, CNBC, NBC’s Today, Town & Country, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Vogue, W, Golf for Women and many others. She connects daily with her constituencies via highly popular Facebook and Twitter accounts where she provides regular updates on her business ventures, personal travels , thoughts and opinions. She has been recognized among the most effective users of social media through ongoing press coverage and as a featured speaker at social media conferences.
Ivanka is currently one of the stars of NBC’s widely successful “The Apprentice” with her father Donald J. Trump, and brothers Donald, Jr and Eric. She previously appeared on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” as well as the earlier edition of the Emmy-nominated, globally syndicated “The Apprentice” as an advisor.
In October 2009, Touchstone Hardcover, a division of Simon & Schuster, published Ivanka’s first book, THE TRUMP CARD: Playing to Win in Work and Life. A New York Times and The Wall Street Journal bestseller, the book is also available in paperback.
In March 2010, Ivanka announced her involvement in the U.N. Foundation’s “Girl Up” initiative, a campaign to recruit young women to support U.N. programs for girls in developing countries.
Partnering with social activists such as Elizabeth Gore and Queen Rania of Jordan, the program aims to bring awareness and career skills to young women around the world. Ivanka is involved with several other charitable organizations, including the Eric Trump Foundation and the New York City Police Foundation.
Ivanka graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and received a bachelor's degree in science in economics. Before joining The Trump Organization she worked for Bruce Ratner at Forest City Enterprises as a real estate project manager.