Strategic Account Director in NYC (2)

[At the Pace University Encore Transition Program], 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 …

Associate at Boutique NYC Law Firm

The results of our weekly sessions surpassed all expectations.  In concrete terms, within five months I obtained a new job that permits me to continue being a lawyer – a career path that I was on the verge of quitting despite years of education and hard work – while honoring my values, interests, and creativity and making a good living:  a combination I never thought possible as an attorney in private practice in NYC.  Astrid’s probing questions and value-oriented exercises played a significant role in giving me the focus and courage to identify and pursue my new legal career.  

Associate Director of Development, Houston Grand Opera

I’ve spent countless hours in mediocre professional development settings, chocked full of “buzz-words,” that like a gourmet meal, leave you temporarily sated, but then hungry for substance. Astrid was the exception. The sessions spent with her have left me completely inspired and armed with relevant techniques on time management, conflict resolution, how to tap into my areas of passion and strength, …

Attorney and ??????

There seem to be an infinite number of resources available to people looking to make career changes these days, and I think I looked into most of them before I met Astrid. Numerous books advised me to do what I loved.  That sounded good, except that I didn’t know what I loved. A career test provided some insight and long lists of possibly compatible jobs, but ultimately directed me to do what I loved – back to square one.  Another career coach, dispensing with frivolities like love, laid out a practical approach to a career path that objectively made some sense, but I knew in my heart that I would hate it.  I felt deficient for not knowing what I loved, unreasonable for rejecting a sensible path that didn’t appeal, and in general, completely hopeless about my situation.

Director of Learning and Engagement, OPERA America

[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.

Executive Director, Opera Memphis

I was introduced to Astrid’s method by way of prep work to be done ahead of session two of a two-part leadership intensive. Having participated in a number of trainings and intensives, I came into the workshop with a commitment to being “open”, but also expecting a little more of the same thing, packaged in a different wrapper. What I found within five minutes of the workshop was a feeling of excitement, enthusiasm, and engagement as Astrid began the process of guiding the group through a dynamic two day presentation of leadership training. 

Pianist and DMA, Juilliard School

Astrid has a great gift of seeing the beauty in each person and allowing their strengths to come through. — JC, 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 …

Freelance Trumpeter and Teaching Artist

‘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

Communications Coordinator, Los Angeles Opera

Thank you so much for your engaging leadership development sessions at the OPERA America Leadership Intensive last week.  It was such a pleasure to meet you and participate in the program.  The entire week was wonderfully organized and packed with so many important facets of arts management, but the two days spent with you were particularly personal and useful (at …