When it comes to accomplishments, the list is quite long for Kellyanne Conway. The New Jersey native and mother of four had quite a thrill when she was made Grand Marshal of the Hammonton Christmas Parade last year, near her hometown of Atco, New Jersey. Kellyanne had an Irish father and an Italian mother. Her parents divorced when she was three and she was raised by her mother, grandmother and two unmarried aunts, or as she has described – four Italian Catholic women. She developed a strong work ethic early in life, beginning with jobs in the area’s blueberry farms during her teen years. She realized then that the quicker you were, the more you would earn. In 1982, she won the New Jersey Blueberry Princess pageant and was also named the World Champion Blueberry Packer.
Mrs. Conway earned a degree in political science from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., graduating magna cum laude. She then studied at Oxford University and later earned a law degree with honors from George Washington University Law Center. She has practiced law, clerked for a judge in our nation’s capital and for four years was an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law Center. She has been married to George T. Conway III since April 2001.
Long before guiding Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and becoming Counselor to the President, Kellyanne formed The Polling Company and as president and CEO, led the company to become one of the nation’s leading firms in the field. She also was the editor and publisher of WomanTrends Online, a web-based publication that provides news on trends in areas such as lifestyle, finance, health, entertainment and technology.
Throughout her twenty-year qualitative and quantitative research career, Kellyanne has provided primary research and advice for clients in 46 of the 50 states and has directed hundreds of demographic and attitudinal survey projects for statewide and congressional political races, trade associations and Fortune 100 companies.
On July 1, 2016, Trump announced that he had hired Conway for a senior advisory position in his presidential campaign. It was the turning point in the campaign. From the moment of her arrival, the Trump message solidified and reached its intended audience, leading to his victory last November. Upon his inauguration, President Trump named Kellyanne to the position of Counselor to the President. Quite a progression for this Lady of Christmas – from blueberry princess to White House insider.