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 …

Composer

“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 …

Partner at AMLaw 100 Law Firm

“If you feel like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole, Astrid helps you refocus on your strengths and true interests from which your energy will flow.” — Kathleen C., New York, NY

Opera America Field Consultant & Former CEO, Minnesota Opera

You did an outstanding job with the [Opera America] Leadership Intensive.  The sessions you led were truly a transformational experience for all of the participants. — Kevin Smith, Opera America Field Consultant and Former CEO, Minnesota Opera

Clarinetist and DMA, Manhattan School of Music

For the last year, I have had the honor to work one to one with Astrid Baumgardner.  Her coachings have brought clarity to my life, uncovering values and goals, and the importance of aligning efforts with these priorities.  Through this process, I am rediscovering my intuition, reconnecting with what really makes me tick, rather than what should make me tick. …

Clarinetist and Juilliard Graduate

I loved the fact that you made people get out of their comfort zone and share things with the group that they would otherwise have not done. That is something that I admire a lot, and you have a great gift for being able to do that! Bravo! — VD, 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.

Assistant Director at Pace University Encore Transitions Program (2)

Astrid’s Designing Your Encore Life workshop at Pace University 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 …

Assistant Director at Pace University Encore Transitions Program (3)

As a former student and now as an administrator of the Pace University Encore Transitions Program, I saw…how Astrid’s questions and the sharing of her life experiences resonated with the students, how much joy they got out of watching her build stories for the students out of their answers to her questions and their listing of their life experiences — …

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 …