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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

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.

— MS, New York, NY

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

 

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Dynamic Communication for Arts Leaders: How to Use Communication Styles for Influence and Buy-In
A major aspect of emotional intelligence is the ability to build and manage your relationship and dynamic communication is an important component of relationship management. I recently had the opportunity to teach these skills to the members of the 2014 Opera America Leadership Intensive group.One of their favorite communication tools was learning how to spot and use the 4 communication styles:Driver: the person who likes to take control and be in chargeAnalytical: the person who focuses on deta...
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Networking for Arts Leaders: Top 10 Tips for Creating a Life-Long Supportive Network
In my work with arts leaders, I emphasize the importance of networking and therefore consider networking to be an essential leadership skill. My definition of networking is very simple: Connect + Share + Remain RelevantThis boils down to the art of creating successful relationships in a mutually-supportive community that can help you both personally and professionally, as well as benefit those in your network. Why does networking help leaders? Successful networkers create trusting relationsh...
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How To Adopt the Attitude of Success Part II: Raise Your Energy in 7 Steps
My last blog post on how to adopt the attitude of success introduced the 6 different levels of energy-- the different attitudes that you might have about your career-- showing the thought that is associated with each level: Stress-Inducing Levels: Level 1: WorriedLevel 2: Frustrated Motivating Levels: Level 3: ManagingLevel 4: ServiceLevel 5: OpportunityLevel 6: Flow Here is the benefit of working with the energy levels: Once you become aware of your thoughts and attitudes, you can th...
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