NEW YORK — Ivanka Trump seems to be taking the listening-tour approach to her upcoming role in the political spotlight.
On Thursday night, President-elect Donald Trump’s oldest daughter attended an intimate dinner of roughly a dozen high-powered female media personalities, executives and entrepreneurs at the home of Wendi Murdoch, the ex-wife of 85-year-old media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
The private gathering was organized by Dina Powell, a longtime Goldman Sachs executive who has been advising Ivanka Trump and this week announced she would be leaving the financial firm to take a job in the White House as an assistant to the president and senior counselor for economic initiatives. Ivanka Trump was instrumental in recruiting her to the new administration, an aide said.
The group, according to one attendee, included Tina Brown, the longtime journalist and magazine editor; Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”; Tory Burch, the fashion designer behind the eponymous brand; model Christy Turlington Burns; Ursula Burns, chair of Xerox; Cathy Engelbert, chief executive of Deloitte; Nancy Gibbs, managing editor of Time magazine; Cindi Leive, editor of Glamour; Dana Perino, former White House press secretary; Ginni Rometty, chairwoman of IBM; and Patti Sellers, executive director of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” summits.
Two men — Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans, and Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation — also attended. And Morial and Rometty seemed to have the seats of honor, on either side of Ivanka.
Ivanka has said she does not plan to take an official role in her father’s administration, at least not to start. But those close to her say that she may formally join the White House after getting her family settled in Washington, and they expect her to use her platform — official or unofficial — to push for policies intended to help families and women, a topic to which she devoted her speech at the Republican National Convention.
One attendee, speaking anonymously to share details about a private meeting, said that Ivanka spoke briefly, telling the group that while she is especially interested in women’s issues, she really just wanted to introduce herself and listen to what they had to say.
“She said she understands that she was thrown into a new world, and wants to build a platform that will make a difference, hear ideas, and learn as much as she can right now,” said the attendee, who called the soon-to-be first daughter “unbelievably gracious” and utterly lacking in entitlement.
Sellers, who attended the event, wrote about it on Fortune’s website: “We talked about entrepreneurship, equal pay, paid leave, and a lot about where the Donald Trump Administration may have the most opportunity: education,” she wrote.
Powell did not respond to requests for comment.