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If you’re a fan of Stephen Covey, Sheryl Sandberg, David Brooks and other self-help gurus, you’ll appreciate Ivanka Trump’s “curated” guidance. Trump, former executive VP in The Trump Organization and a founder of her own fashion and jewelry lines, offers solid career advice. She openly expresses her appreciation that she began her career already several rungs up the ladder. She frequently gives an empathetic nod to those not blessed with her advantages – education, wealth, opportunity and high-level connections. Yet suggestions such as “architect a life that honors your passion” may be tough for those who’re living paycheck to paycheck. getAbstract finds that young women seeking their footing as they enter the workforce or start a family may find this compilation of practical advice and girl-power affirmations useful and reassuring. And kudos to Trump for donating earnings from this book to her foundation to “empower and educate women and girls.”

About the Author

Ivanka Trump is special adviser to President Donald Trump, former executive VP at the Trump Organization and CEO of the Ivanka Trump Collection. She also wrote The Trump Card.


To compile this collection – mostly featuring other people’s ideas repurposed under the Trump banner – the author researched the work of leading experts and wove in excerpts from their work. She augments her guidance for “women who work” with personal stories and some healthy self-promotion. There’s either a certain cynicism or a deep unawareness in her assumptions that everything she suggests is possible for everyone. Moreover, she espouses corporate policies – paid maternity leave, promoting women to positions of power, offering reasonable benefits and perks, and paying an equal, living wage – that might give her an uphill fight in the presidential administration she serves. Her counsel to follow your passions, build your networks and learn to negotiate is worthy, though not innovative. However, to her credit, Trump could have settled for being a wealthy socialite. Instead, she is an industrious, committed, hard-working executive, wife and mother. Many readers will appreciate the women-helping-women theme throughout the book.

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