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Ivanka Trump visits NC for military spouse symposium

Ivanka Trump, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, and Jennifer Korn, special assistant to the president and deputy director for the office of public liason, took part in a National Focus on Military Spouse Careers panel. (Source: WECT) Ivanka Trump, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, and Jennifer Korn, special assistant to the president and deputy director for the office of public liason, took part in a National Focus on Military Spouse Careers panel. (Source: WECT)
CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (WECT) -

Ivanka Trump, daughter of and advisor to President Donald Trump, was in Camp Lejeune Tuesday as part of the Keeping a Career on the Move military spouse symposium. 

"It is a great honor to be here and experience Camp Lejeune firsthand," Ivanka Trump said. "The military and military spouses are a huge priority for the president."

The professional development conference is designed for military spouses planning to enter or re-enter the workforce or those looking to take the next step in their professional careers. Sixteen percent of military spouses are currently jobless, according to the organization Hiring our Heroes

"Sixty-seven percent of military spouses have quit a job to move with their spouses and they immediately lose their networks so they constantly have to rebuild their networks," said Elizabeth O'Brien with Hiring our Heroes.

Different breakout sessions were held throughout the day focusing on topics like resume writing, networking, best practices, success strategies for LinkedIn and more. 

Andrea Adamovage was a military spouse for eight years. She is the military liaison at UNCW and says getting hired after never being in the same place for more than a few years is challenging.

"I think often military spouses feel like they are often on the back burner because they are following their spouse around, and that job is most important," Adamovage said. " Developing a network is so hard when you move around and you have to make new contacts at every station."

Ivanka Trump, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, and Jennifer Korn, special assistant to the president and deputy director for the office of public liaison, took part in a National Focus on Military Spouse Careers panel.

"It is a true honor to be with so many dynamic women, and a few good men," Conway said. "We are here to take your concerns and questions back to the White House."

"We believe we are loyal, dedicated and have the ability to change on a dime," O'Brien said. "Military spouses can adapt easily because of those skills. We feel spouses can impact organizations and companies."

Tuesday's event was hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) along with USAA. It will continue Wednesday.

Hiring Our Heroes launched in 2011 to help veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment. 

Conway and Trump also took time to greet and take pictures with Marines just back from deployment.

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