With over 35 years experience guiding people into stronger, deeper and more vibrant relationships with themselves, their work and the world they live in, Chess Edwards is your guide to the most powerful truth of YOU.
Chess provides clear and engaging guidance for strengthening and integrating the core foundational mindsets and practices that support vibrant success & fulfillment in life, business and relationships.
His work goes right to the heart of what it takes to perform at our best as clear, powerful, purposeful and healthy humans in a world dominated by distractions, illusion, fear, uncertainty and overwhelming choices.
A champion of the human spirit, Chess is dedicated to helping his clients & students step powerfully into their full potential as they learn to embody and trust their innate magnificence and brilliance.
“I am an adventurer at heart. As long as I can remember, I’ve always explored the edges of life and have been naturally inspired to guide others to explore their edges as well.
I’ve lived inspiring successes. I’ve suffered humbling defeats. I’ve known the courage to leap and I’ve suffered the debilitating weight of fears that have stopped me in my tracks.
I’ve known the exhilaration of pushing beyond fear and I know the experience of struggling with doubt. But I’ve always dedicated myself to a path of personal evolution, learning and truth while moving resolutely forward.
Each day brings new insights, awarenesses and opportunities to discover more of who I really am and how I can live with more grace, love and courage.
So no matter where you are on your journey, I’m likely to understand the nature and impetus of your seeking and how you can learn to most artfully live a life of purpose, power, meaning and adventure.”
I started my work guiding others in college as a group facilitator in a class dedicated to exploring the edges of life. I fell in love with the work of guiding people through confusion and uncertainty to places of clarity, strength and joy.
After college I spent 20 years as an adventure travel guide leading adventures in Mexico, South America, the Himalayas, the rivers of Idaho, the deserts of the Southwest and the wide open expanses of Africa.
For many of those years I facilitated experiential education and self discovery programs for youth groups and eventually became Executive Director of the Boojum Institute, a non profit youth education program.
My journey led me to start my own Team Development and Leadership Training company, True North Alliance; Work I continue to this day working with C-level leaders and their teams for companies such as Disney, Microsoft, Home Depot, Ebay and others.
I also lead extended ‘Journeys of Discovery’ around the world through my Adventure Travel company, Still Water Travel. This is perhaps still my most inspiring work.
“Those who are at peace with themselves
are not defined by their successes or failures.
It is their proper relationship
to their successes and failures
that brings them peace.”
– Chess Edwards
A Few Core Values:
- Exploring edges and beyond
“True leaders don’t create followers,
they create other leaders.
– Martin Luther King
Leadership Coach – Leaders shoulder a profound responsibility as they have tremendous influence on the quality of the lives of others. Chess helps leaders and executive teams discover a rich diversity of innovative tools that help them inspire, align, organize and support the very best in those they lead.
“I work with leaders because leaders are the ones who have the greatest impact and influence on building healthy, vibrant and innovative cultures within which good people can thrive, evolve and create.”
Even the most wildly creative people can perform poorly under ill equipped leadership. Leader’s need coaches with whom they can more freely explore and discover realms of possibility not yet realized or imagined.
Chess works with leaders to courageously explore the edges of possibility and unlock their full potential in ways that inspire and create opportunities for those they lead to do the same.
Team Development Trainer – Chess consults and facilitates team and leadership development programs for some of today’s top organizations. From the big players such as Microsoft, eBay and Disney to small non profit organizations, Chess has been working with teams for over 30 years. He has organized team learning experiences for groups from 5 to 500 in a variety of settings from the board room to the tops of wind swept granite spires. His training programs are inspiring, engaging, interactive, fun and highly informative. Just as Chess is willing to explore far beyond conventional boundaries in his explorations, he is willing and able to dig deep to discover your own unique journey of development.
Speaker & Presenter – Chess combines his skills as a photographer, gifted storyteller, educator & adventurer into interactive keynote presentations that entertain, inspire and educate a wide array of groups and organizations. His presentations have been applauded as a closing speaker, keynote or the kick off for major corporate functions. Whether it be for students or the top tiers of a major International companies, Chess delivers his programs with the same level of passion and commitment to excellence.
“Our greatest rewards will always be found
on the other side of our greatest challenges.”
– Chess Edwards
Adventurer – Chess has spent more than 30 years exploring the planet including some of the most remote and wild regions of the Himalayas and lost pre-Inca civilizations in the distant Northern Andes of Peru. With over twenty countries and now 6 continents visited, Chess always endeavors to go far beyond the comfortable boundaries that intimidate the common traveler. With a dedication to seek out the challenges, adventures and wisdom that these far corners of the globe provide, Chess returns home again and again with fresh life perspectives to share with a wide range of audiences and organizations.
As a significant part of Chess’ travels, he has led hundreds of groups on personal Journeys of Discovery as he guides others through their own life changing insights, inspirations and significant “Ah-ha” moments of personal truth.
Professional Photographer – Chess’ success as a photographer stems from his ability to perceive the essence of the larger picture and then capture, in a single photograph, an alluring representation of the whole. Over the years his captivating work has been displayed in art galleries, published in magazines such as Newsweek and Escape and has captured the hearts and imaginations of a wide range of live audiences. His creative endeavors have now been coalesced into a collection of fine art photography representing exotic locales from around the world which tell a very human story of connection, common ideals, cultural diversity and shared universal truths.
Podcast Host – Chess is the creator and host of the Beyond the Noise Podcast that delivers intimate conversations with authors, educators, business leaders, poets, explorers, teachers and other cultural pioneers who’s work champions the best of the human spirit.