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Karen Ostrov, Konect Consulting

IB's Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet the state's professionals. This week features Karen Ostrov, president and founder of Konect Consulting.

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Your work is helping others achieve success and balance; what pleasures do you have outside of the workplace – beyond travel, which we’ve already touched upon?
Oh, there are many things. Being a part of the lives of our two grown children with their significant others makes me happy. We enjoy the social dance community in Madison and take our dance shoes when we travel. It’s a good way to connect people when you don’t share language and culture. I am a docent at the Chazen Museum of Art and spend time learning about the visual arts and giving tours. I enjoy outdoor active sports in all four seasons.

Care to tell us anything more about your family?
My family … I am lucky to have both of my parents living near Chicago and my mother-in-law in Detroit. My son, Daniel Ostrov, M.F.A. is a sculptor in Philadelphia. He is represented on www.artcommission.com, Toni Sikes’ new business venture. My daughter, Miriam Ostrov, J.D. is an associate attorney at the Bartelt Law firm in Middleton. My sister, Erica Gruen, received the UWEBC’s 2012 Distinguished Fellow Award in October. She is a media consultant. My brother, Jeff Gruen, M.D., is a partner, health care practice at PriceWaterhouseCooper.

Do you have a favorite book, or a favorite character that shows us another side of Karen Ostrov?
ThePoisonwood Bible, The Tiger’s Wife, Cutting for Stone, and The Death of Vishnu readily come to mind. David Sedaris, Garrison Keillor, and Calvin Trillin make me laugh out loud. For an avocation, I conduct psychological studies of art and artists. I am drawn to the life story and work of Camille Claudel. Her talent, creativity, determination, and originality were enormous and she struggled mightily against the odds.

You gave us great descriptors for Claudel – what three words would you select to best describe yourself? That’s always our last question and one of our favorites!
Three words best describe me: Imaginative, inspired, and optimistic.

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