"Astrid has helped me overhaul the way that I approach life. I initially began working with her as a way to improve my time management skills and establish new career goals. What I did not anticipate was the lasting and positive affects our time together has had on all aspects of my daily life. Through working with Astrid I've developed a set of essential tools with which to evaluate tough decisions of all shapes and sizes, and I've found better motivation and clarity of purpose in everything I do. She is an amazingly patient, non-judgmental listener with an incredible ability to synthesize information and draw out my inner strengths. Our sessions make me feel empowered and excited to pursue my goals."
— Nikki C., Brooklyn, 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
Working in a field where big personalities often clash, I feel that Astrid’s seminar on conflict management was a fantastic boost to my own ability to skillfully manage conflicts. I feel like I have a much better awareness of my own conflict management style, and most importantly I feel that I can more deftly identify the most appropriate path forward in a given situation. Thanks Astrid!
Astrid has an incredibly positive yet focused energy that she dedicates towards helping individuals and organizations discover their best selves. I’ve been fortunate to work with her on several occasions and I cannot tell you how much I value her wisdom, guidance, and encouragement.
— Paul M, New York, NY
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.
Fall 2014 Semester Yale School of Music