by Karen Alberg Grossman


Getting Personal Karen Murray Headline

Husband: Harry Steinmetz, married five years. (“We were fixed up for a lunch date and didn’t click; five years later we were fixed up and totally clicked, although I didn’t even remember that first date.”)

Children and stepchildren: Michael, Marissa, Leah, Ethan, Patrick, Erin, Colleen, and Maureen: “I love them all!”

Morning routine: 15 minutes of TV (Charlie Gibson on ABC), 20 minutes of meditation, shower, dress, run out the door.

Breakfast: In office—yogurt parfait and coffee.

Exercise routine: Mostly walking to work (78th St. to 57th St.) but sometimes a workout with a trainer.

Favorite movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Favorite reads: Mindless romance novels, parenting books, business books.

Reading now: The Parallel Process in Parenting

Favorite TV Shows: The Voice, Family Feud

Favorite music: Hall & Oates, Elton John, Kenny Loggins

Favorite vacation spots: Portofino, Spendido Hotel. “Actually anywhere in Italy: Tuscany, Siena, Como… But a close second is Marbella, Spain: more casual, and the golf is great!”

Passions: “My family, my friends, my career (product, merchandising, sales), my fundraising, helping families deal with Marfans and related disorders, mentoring YMA interns, shopping for vintage fashion.”

Favorite sport: Golf. “Someone once told me that it takes five years to get bad. I’m in my fifth year and I think I’m finally bad…”

Hair secret: Oscar Blandi for both color and cut.

Shopping secrets: Diane B for shoes (fabulous knock-offs of Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, etc.); Second Time Around for vintage clothes.

Favorite expression: At the end of the day…

Favorite NYC restaurant: Due, for linguini with white clam sauce.

What she’s never without: A hair clip, lipstick.

Prized possessions: “From my husband, my engagement ring and my pearls.”

Mentor: “Eric Wiseman, who taught me that gut instinct is good but facts are better.”

A good day: “When my son answers my text right away.”

A perfect day: “Waking up on weekends, exercising, going for hair, nails, and massage, dinner with my husband, my parents and any combination of kids (and my son answers my text right away…).”

Pet peeve: “When I’m engaged in meaningful conversation and don’t get eye contact.”

Fatal flaw: “I’m not perfectly organized (some definite ADD which is why I surround myself with great people…). And I obviously spend too much money on clothes, shoes and handbags…”

What would surprise people to learn about you: “Probably nothing. I’m an open book.”