Leadership & Coaching

    “I’m on multiple boards. I do at least two of these retreats a year for each of them. This is easily the best one I’ve ever attended. I learned a lot, enjoyed myself and others, AND it was the most productive board retreat I’ve ever been a part of.”


    Board Strategic Planning Retreat

      "Your assessment of the department along with your recommendations were very extremely helpful and provided us the guidance we needed to move forward in a very positive way. We appreciate your professionalism, knowledge and experience. We will definitely be reaching out to you again in the future. "

      Diane Vertin

      COO, College of St Scholastica

        "Keith has a depth of understanding from years in the field, of the complex organizational dynamics in higher education. I appreciate that at the heart, Keith also understands that our organizations are made up of humans, and hinge on relationships. He is a tremendous thought partner, and also can synthesize very broad conversations to important take home points."

        Betsy Cracco

        AVC Campus Life and Wellbeing, UMass Amherst

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        Keith has worked with more than 100 organizations to help them clarify their purpose and align their actions. Organizations work with him, again and again, to develop their team, facilitate board retreats, guide strategic planning, and host events. His approach incorporates the latest scholarship and approaches to leadership, organizational change, culture, and equity to help organizations function at their best.

        Keith utilizes in-depth thinking, assessment, and analysis as well as fast-paced activities to facilitate small and large group thinking to move organizations forward. 

        Keith provides executive, leadership, and life coaching for individuals looking to unleash their fullest potential. He has more than 1,000 hours of coaching college presidents, leaders of non-profits, CEOs and entrepreneurs, and independent scholars and activists. Keith is a Professionally Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation.

        Coaching Details & Scheduling


        Keith is a Professional Certified Coach accredited by the International Coaches Federation. He is also a Certified Professional Coach through Co-Active Coaching‘s Coaches Training Institute (CTI), the largest trainer of coaches in the world.


        Coaching is completely confidential. I will not share what we discuss with anyone. I will not even share that you are a client. You on the other hand are free to discuss our coaching with anyone you wish.


        We will meet over the phone for 50 minutes.


        Keith has a PhD in higher education administration, 20 years of supervisory leadership, is certified in Brief Motivational Interviewing, Strengths Educator, Restorative Justice, Intergroup Dialogue and other processes. He is also a certified professional coach.

        Sample Session

        If you are interested in a sample session, we can set up a 30 minute sample session to see if this is a good fit – free of charge.


        Contact Keith to schedule a free sample session with Keith to discuss coaching further. This creates an email that goes directly to Keith and only Keith. No manager, scheduler, or anyone else will read it.

          "The experience was transformative in my thinking about what I value and examining my life purpose. It changed the way I think about my vocation, my personal life, and the level of authenticity I want to show the world. The exercises were meaningful and helpful in moving the conversation forward. I needed the accountability partnership that coaching provided. Keith, you provided a great non-judgemental environment where I could be fully honest – one of the few environments where I feel I can do that."

          Dustin Rollins

          Director of Residential Education, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

            "I am grateful for the time I’ve invested in my coaching sessions with you. I most appreciate the sense of clarity I’ve gained, a renewed sense of self-confidence, and extra reflection about who I am becoming – a better ME."

            Dr. Daisy Rodriguez Pitel

            Pima Community College

              "Coaching provided deep personal reflections and resultant actions on purpose, integration, and development in a safe, thought-provoking environment of dialogue and challenge.  Dr. Edwards approach brought focus to my professional calling and enabled an understanding of integration across the complexities of faith, family, and career."

              Terry Gaalswyk, PhD

              College President, Minnesota West

                "I worked with Keith for over a year to break through some barriers in growing my business. Come to find out, these challenges were mostly self-imposed and Keith guided me on how to get out of my own way to embrace success. Because of his coaching, I was able to kick off two new services – but more importantly feel more confident and comfortable in my new entrepreneur skin."

                Josie Ahlquist, PhD

                Digital Leadership Author, Coach & Speaker

                  "I have had many coaches over the years, from business coaches to life coaches.  The common theme is that I spend the first 3 sessions getting them updated and then the rest of the sessions problem solving one item after another.  This can become exhausting, because we’re working on individual issues and not building a framework to fix the issues long-term.  Keith is the first coach I’ve worked with who gets to work on the first session.  He takes you on a journey of discovery…and it’s a journey that keeps going.  Instead of just solving problems, we’re building principles that help me make decisions.  Principles that I’ll be able to use the rest of my life."

                  Nathan Jespersen

                  CEO Trumi

                    "Keith’s facilitation of the North Hennepin Community College Executive Leadership Team 2018 Retreat was outstanding. Our team walked away with a renewed commitment to and enthusiasm for our collective leadership work based on our diverse strengths and a deepened understanding of how to utilize our gifts to achieve extraordinary success for our students."

                    Dr. Barbara McDonald

                    NHCC President