Ivanka Trump laid out her vision for the future of work and technology's role in reshaping the American economy and workforce in the coming decades during a controversial 'fireside chat' at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) on Tuesday.
Speaking the Venetian's Pallazo Ballroom - which just a night prior had been used to launch a slew of new robots and artificial intelligence by Samsung - Trump chose to focus on the business implications of technology.
Trump said she had 'no sympathy' for companies that complain about unskilled workforces, don't invest in 're-skilling them,' and still lay off employees.
While the president's daughter's talking points centered mainly on business, she said she believes that innovations like 'robotic arms' would create jobs that aren't yet possible.
Prior to her keynote, tech industry insiders hit out at the conference, questioning whether the White House advisor was a relevant speaker, but CES President and CEO, Gary Shapiro defended her presence and moderated her talk, entitled 'The Path to the Future of Work.'
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Ivanka Trump stressed the need for companies in general - and ostensibly the tech companies represented at the CES 2020 - to train their workers for increasingly high tech jobs
Dressed smartly in pinstripes (left), Trump said she has 'no sympathy' for employers who don't 're-skill' their workers as she laid out her 'vision' for the future workforce of the US and hit back at companies over layoffs
Trump plugged the government panel she co-chairs, the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board - which includes members from Apple, and IBM - and took the private sector to task for their role in helping to train current members of the workforce.
'It's not just about training for jobs of the future people need to think about investing in their current workforce so they can carry out the job of tomorrow,' said Trump.
'When I hear employers, they come to me and say 'we need more skilled workers, we need more skilled workers' and then I read about them laying off segments of the workforce because they were investing in productivity and not having spent the time…to take those workers and re-skill them..I really don't have sympathy for that.'
Trump said that government programs have also lagged behind in their role of preparing future and current workers and espoused broader apprenticeship programs that have traditionally only focused on trade workers.
'That's really my foremost passion and focus,' she said, 'removing obstacles for people who want and can work - to be able to provide for themselves and their families.'
CES President and CEO Gary Shapiro (left) moderated Trump's (right) keynote address and defended the Presidential adviser's controversial presence at the tech conference
'The construction industry has a really strong apprenticeship program but few other sectors do,' Trump claimed.
'We need to keep the pipeline open.'
Depite most of the focus being on business, Trump did find time to talk more granularly about the ways technology can and should impact people for the better.
Specifically, Trump mentioned initiatives that would make personal data more accessible to