"Astrid has turned around the way I look at my career in the most extraordinary way. I used to think that the professional part of what I do was very separate from the creative and deeply personal aspects of being a composer. Going after professional opportunities to get my music out there felt to me like a very daunting task--one that I found a little distasteful because it felt like "selling myself." Astrid really helped me realize that building a career has to come from the most genuine part of myself--in the same way as building a piece. With this understanding, the professional world looks much less scary to me now, and I'm able to reach out to my professional network with the courage of my conviction, and with the kind of personal investment and care that makes professional experiences deeply meaningful. Career building is about believing in what you do, and its validity; it is about communication and courage. It only works if it feels true to who you are.
With her supportive and positive attitude combined with her incredible sensitivity and intelligence, Astrid has created for me a wonderful safe space to discover how I want to develop my goals from the inside out. I have found in her a true kindred spirit as well as a powerful ally and coach."
— Hannah L., New York, NY
I was very fortunate to make the acquaintance of career coach Astrid Baumgardner in the June 2014 Encore Transition Program at Pace University. All of us Encore students were exploring how we might create meaningful “second act careers for social good” for ourselves, and Astrid served as a wise, compassionate and enthusiastic counselor in the process. She guided us through many valuable reflective exercises to help us discover our personal strengths, identify our transferable skills, understand our core values, and identify our areas of life passions. Astrid’s open and direct style challenged us all, made us less afraid of the unknowns, and affirmed our new uncharted directions. We all gained a deeper self understanding and established life purpose statements and action plans through Astrid’s work. I wholeheartedly recommend Astrid for her career coaching skills. Her respect and love for people will become evident early in your introduction.
—Diane Coleman, Strategic Account Director, New York, NY
[Opera America hired Astrid to lead two workshops for our 2013 Leadership Intensive.] Astrid’s background in nonprofit management and ongoing work with performing arts organizations meant that she was able to tailor the leadership workshops to the specific needs of opera leaders.
Are you ready to take charge of your life and experience authentic success?
Then you have come to the right place! As a coach, I share my passion for excellence and authenticity in the service of my mission: to inspire and empower you to live a life of genuine personal, professional and creative success.
I am a certified professional coach and lawyer partnering with professional musicians, arts leaders and creatively-inclined lawyers to help them achieve authentic personal, professional and creative success. Thanks to my own career transitions from lawyer to non-profit executive and consultant to coach, university administrator and faculty member , all the while being a musician, an arts advocate and orchestra board chair, I draw on my professional and personal life experience, together with my rigorous coaching training, to help you transform your life through the dynamic process of coaching.
Both in individual sessions and in group training and development workshops, my clients welcome having a partner to tackle the challenges that life brings, especially in today’s world where the rules are changing and the answers are not obvious. I collaborate with you to tap into your gifts, inspire you to make the changes that you want and empower you to achieve your success.