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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 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.

—Constance Harris, Assistant Director, Pace University Encore Transitions Program

Pianist, Harpsichordist & Juilliard Graduate

 

"After having lived in NYC for 3 years and experienced myriad professional musical relationships, I thought it was about time to find a better way to manage them and reduce my schedule to a realistic and happier situation.  I really enjoy the rapport [with Astrid] because it gets me to think of my personal issues on a more global level in terms of relating to others in and out of my field of work, and also in a manner that breaks down specific problems into manageable chunks.  It seems that every question I ask and every issue we talk about ties into a deeper core problem which I am only now beginning to reveal and understand about myself...I love that Astrid can personally related to almost everything that is brought up during coachings.  I also love that Astrid can prioritize the coaching so that we spend more time on the not-so-obvious problem solving first, before tackling the things that I myself feel are big problems."

— IFW, New York, NY

 

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 people will become evident early in your introduction. 

—Diane Coleman, Strategic Account Director, New York, NY

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