Astrid cares most about creating spaces for divergent thinking, and designing systems, practices and communities where people can learn and flourish together.
Raised in a bilingual household that moved often throughout her childhood, Astrid was quickly fascinated by the influence of language and culture on mindset, behavior and education. At Washington and Lee University, she pursued these curiosities through a Bachelor of Arts in both Cognitive & Behavioral Science (Psychology), and East Asian Languages and Literatures (Chinese), where she designed and implemented a Chinese curriculum in local schools, and co-authored research on disparaging humor. From here, she weaved together theory and hands-on learning processes at Kaospilot, an internationally renowned business and design school in Denmark. This Enterprising Leadership degree threw Astrid into the deep end of experiential learning, where she learned to not only tread water, but swim upstream in both local and international governmental, community and corporate settings. It was here that she grew her approach to designing and implementing systemic change that engages and unleashes the capacity of everyone involved.
As a designer and facilitator at Management Savvy, Astrid calls on her experiences as a Collaborative Experience Designer for C2 Montreal and practitioner of Liberating Structures, to playfully curate atypical learning environments that engage people’s senses, disrupt habitual thought patterns and foster unexpected conversations and connections. When working on entangled challenges, she generates enthusiasm and optimism in those around her, and invites others to learn by falling forward. She helps individuals and groups be better leaders, colleagues, thinkers, listeners, designers and activists, putting learning at the center of everything she does. Astrid designs with intentionality, listens with deep curiosity and appreciates the magic of a good metaphor.