inspirational women series: ivanka trump


One of the highlights of my work week was receiving this amazing spring flower arrangement from one of the most inspiring women I’ve met in person…a woman who balances being a mother, wife, and managing partner of a law firm, all while staying true to herself and pursuing her passions.

A few weeks ago, I watched an interview by Sheryl Sandburg on 60 Minutes about her new book, Lean In, and it left me feeling so inspired by the amazing women role models I have to look up to. Whether it’s a Facebook executive like Sheryl, my role model Ivanka Trump, or the leader of a law firm that so generously sent me flowers.

You may notice to the left of those beautiful flowers is a signed photo of Ivanka Trump…and the slight reflection of my bright pink polka dot iPhone case. For years, I’ve looked up to Ivanka Trump – but not for the reasons people may think. Yes, she is gorgeous, famous, has her own shoe line (I am a proud customer), and has a fabulous, globe-trotting lifestyle. More than any of that, she is classy, poised, brilliant, strong, committed to her family and values, and extremely hard working. What more could I aspire to be?

Ivanka Trump

I thought it was only fitting to share a few things I’ve learned from her (in the many interviews I’ve read about her, from her Twitter feed which I follow, and from her fantastic book which I highly recommend)…

You never get anything you don’t ask for.

Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want and what you deserve. Chances are that you’ll get it.

The power of hand-written thank you notes.

Today, hand-written thank you notes are rare…but nonetheless meaningful. And they stand out from the masses of emails sent out on a daily basis.

Embrace being different.

Don’t be afraid to stand out in the crowd.

Strive for excellence – and never settle for mediocrity.

“Mediocrity terrifies me.”

Embrace being a woman.

“I have always admired women that have a strong sense of self, complemented by femininity. I especially appreciate the presence of these women in traditionally male-dominated industries, such as real estate. You can never underestimate the power of a woman, whether she is leading a meeting in the boardroom or attending a post-work event.”

Image matters.

“My top three style tips for women at work are context, modesty and femininity. My office style has changed pretty drastically, and a lot of it became being comfortable with expressing femininity in a way that, when I was younger, I was nervous about. I was almost afraid to be feminine on the job, which in retrospect was probably a mistake. I wear pink to the office now, whereas when I was 22, I was nervous to wear anything other than a black pinstripe suit.”

Love what you do.

“Love what you do. There’s always going to be someone else who’s smarter than you, but there’s no substitute for passion. People who are passionate always work the hardest, and that sets them apart.”

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