Director of Artistic Development and Mezzo Soprano

All of the sessions with Astrid [at the 2016 Opera America Leadership Intensive] were incredibly useful to me because I learned an immense amount about Leadership skills but also about myself….I will certainly apply the lessons learned about myself and my strengths from the sessions with Astrid. – Jennifer Rivera, Director of Artistic Development and Mezzo Soprano, Opera America Leadership Intensive …

Operations Manager

I think that I will most often use the skills picked up in Astrid’s session[at the 2016 Opera America Leadership Intensive], and particularly use her concept of letting my core values guide my priorities. I also think I will frequently use her communication style assessments to have a better understanding of the people I interact with at work. – Lydia …

Director of Administration

Astrid’s sessions were my favorite part of the [Opera America 2016 Leadership] intensive. Her sessions were impactful and produced immediate changes in my perceptions about myself as a cultural worker. Also, I was provided with tools through these sessions that I will be able to build on as my career progresses. – Michael Blais, Director of Administration, Manitoba Opera

Know Your Core Values: 4 Tips to Help You Do the Right Thing

I am a big believer in the importance of knowing your core values as a compass for making major decisions. The more that you align with your core values, the clearer you can be when it comes to making choices in one’s career, personal life, relationships and creative activities. This month, I am honored to be featured in an article …

Development Officer

[The best thing about Opera America Leadership Intensive 2016 was the] …small group coaching session with Astrid. By this point our cohort had built up a strong level of mutual trust. It was one of the more powerful things I’ve ever done in terms of professional training – getting to the heart of what “success” and “failure” means and being …

Director of Education & Community Engagement

My time with Astrid was invaluable. She created a very supportive environment in our sessions that encouraged me to really explore the challenges I was creating for myself in moving forward in my career. With her guidance, I was able to uncover some stark truths about myself and begin the process of making the changes necessary to turn the challenges …

How Arts Leaders Manage Failure: 4 Strategies to Learn and Grow

Failure. The true “F” word. So many people are afraid of failure, particularly smart, talented ambitious people who set very high standards for themselves and worry that if they ever fail, they feel they just are not up to the job. It’s particularly difficult hard to admit failure in a world where the opportunities are perceived to be scarce and …

Director of Artistic Development and Mezzo Soprano

I found Astrid’s workshop on The Art of Leadership to be a transformative and fully immersive experience. Not only did the information and her teaching style allow me to understand my own strengths and how best to use them, her course addressed so many issues that come up every single day in the workplace and in life, and I have …

Networking and the Growth Mindset: How Music Entrepreneurs Can Learn to Love Networking

Summer is a great time to network! Chances are that you are touring, at a festival or engaged in a new teaching or performance venues where you are likely to be meeting a lot of new people. Yet for so many people, networking brings up a lot of negativity. I have heard the following: Networking feels sleazy activity but musicians have to …