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Graphic Designer & Entrepreneur

 

"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

 

Strategic Account Director in NYC

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

Freelance Trumpeter and Teaching Artist

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

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Turning Arts Entrepreneurs into Inspired Leaders: Know Your WHY
My project in working with musicians and arts leaders is not only to teach arts entrepreneurship—the mindset, skillset and process of actualizing an innovative idea—but also to take entrepreneurship to the next level of cultural leadership To do so, I have my students articulate the greater purpose underlying WHY they make music, teach, perform and then communicate that purpose to the audience on whom they want to have an impact. In fact, by knowing your WHY, you can become the kind of le...
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Conversation with David Shifrin: Creating Opportunities Throughout Your Career
A few weeks ago, I had the honor of interviewing renowned clarinetist and beloved Yale professor David Shifrin, one of only two wind players to have won the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize since the award's inception in 1987.   With  a wide-ranging career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, chanber musician, university professor, artistic director and collaborator, he has constantly created and sought out opportunities for himself and others.  Thus, he was the ideal pe...
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The Life-Long Journey of Music Entrepreneurship: Where are you now and how can you improve?
We hear a lot today about "arts entrepreneurship" but what exactly does that mean?Let's start with "entrepreneurship":  the process of transforming an idea into an enterprise that creates value—economic, social, cultural, or intellectual-- through innovation risk-taking and actualizing an idea.To me,  "arts entrepreneurship" is:  applying the entrepreneurial mindset (including taking risks, creating and recognizing opportunity, grit and growth) to creative endeavors in order to cr...
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