A genuine style insider, Karen Giberson has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and public relations. As president of The Accessories Council, a nonprofit national advocacy group, she represents more than 160 of the biggest brands in the fashion industry. She advocates for policy that positively affects the accessories industry and works to promote the industry as a whole. She is most prominently know for running the esteemed ACE Awards and the new USAMade initiatives.
Karen has worked as a consultant for a variety of companies including QVC, Estee Lauder, Virgin American Airlines, Miramax, and Tracy Reece. She is an EMMY Award-winning executive producer of "Avec Eric," a PBS show featuring chef Eric Ripert, which was named Outstanding Culinary Program in 2011. She sits on the board of directors of the Gipson Foundation and is a member of the Fashion Group.
Meet Karen Giberson
Expertise: Accessories Maven...Love all things accessory related
Location: Split time between NYC and Media PA
Interests: Love skiing, the beach-recently took up surfing, Phillies baseball!! and spending time with my family
Background: Started at Macy's in their executive training program, spent 14 wonderful years at QVC and have been the President of the Accessories Council since January of 2006.
Favorite meal: Always includes something chocolate. It is a vegetable right?
Recent purchase: Ski helmets for the kids before a trip to Stowe
Hidden talent: I make a wicked chocolate chip cookie
Book/film recommendation: Loved Moneyball
Restaurant recommendation (can be anywhere in the world): I haven't met too many Philadelphia cheesesteaks that I don't like. Jims & Tony Luke's are my favorites. If it's going to be fancy~Le Bernardin is a special night!
If I had $20, I'd... Take Casey Sharbaugh the Council's Event Manager out for our favorite afternoon treat, Crunchy Salty's at Soft Serve Fruit
Transformative travel experience: Surfing retreat at Popoyo Beach in Nicaragua last June. Was a physical challenge and a personally relaxing trip. I went stressed and came back 100% relaxed and with a new attitude.
Favorite neighborhood (can be anywhere in the world): I love my hometown, Media PA
Dream holiday: I haven't been to the Amalfi Coast of Italy, so I think a long road trip around the Mediterranean Sea would be outstanding.
If I could solve one problem, it would be: As it relates to the Accessory Industry~I would like to find a way to help our young brands and designers cost effectively connect with the right stores and sell their products.
I wish people cared more about: I just watched the movie "I AM"...it's a great reminder that we should just be nicer to people.
Recent aha! moment: I just switched from a PC to an Apple...it's been a learning curve, but I think I am getting it!! Very happy, should have switched years ago!!
The world would be a better place if: We could get rid of the glass ceiling...Even though we work in a women's dominated industry, there are very few women at the top.