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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

Assistant Director at Pace University Encore Transitions Program

I was a student in the Pace Encore Transition Program at which Astrid was a presenter. Her Designing Your Encore Life workshop gave me both practical and psychological insights and helped me manage my transition in ways that were unexpected and highly positive. The possibilities of an Encore life were overwhelming to me and, despite my years of corporate employment law, I was now unfocused. Who was I? What had I done that was transferable? What was it I wanted to transfer? What did I really want or think I wanted?

Astrid's workshop required me to answer those questions and more. She asked about core values, interests, tolerances, passions, work and life experience. She listened carefully to the answers many of the students volunteered, and gave concrete suggestions as to how to develop a plan to move forward in a meaningful way. She did not offer one solution to fit all but, rather, paid careful attention to the needs and desires of each student who chose to share. The experience was empowering.

Pianist, DMA and Juilliard Faculty member

Astrid is one of the most inspiring people I know, having been incredibly successful in both her first career as a lawyer and her family life, while maintaining one of the most upbeat, optimistic, and forward-thinking personalities out there.

Through innovative thinking, genuine care and concern, and an immensely organized approach, Astrid has helped me refocus my core values, reshape my personal mission statement, and prioritize all the aspects of my life in which I am so invested. The focus in both my professional and personal life has brought my success and happiness to a new level.

— MS, New York, NY

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Astrid's Blog

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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How to Develop the Growth Mindset: 4 Steps for Music Entrepreneurs To Achieve Success
My class has started and I am thrilled to have another wonderful group of budding music entrepreneurs! This year, I have framed my entrepreneurship course under the umbrella of change:How can you change over the course of this semester and learn the mindset, skills and tools to enable you to create your career success? One important element of success is the growth mindset:  the belief that talent and intelligence are the starting point but that success comes as a result of hard work, exp...
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