About Us

"Whatever matters to humans, trust is the atmosphere in which it thrives."                                                                               ~ Sissela Bok

We're all familiar with the competitive edge, the cutting edge, the leading edge. We're the NobleEdge - bringing humanity into organizational success. We believe that character and values based on virtues and integrity are the keys to effective and transformational leadership. Founded in 2014, NobleEdge is committed to providing leadership development training that focuses on creating a culture of ethics, trustworthiness and building strong relationships. Our executive team brings more than 50 years combined experience working with leaders around the globe to provide solutions that increase self-awareness, remove barriers and support personal and professional empowerment. Because after all, people aren't IN the organization. People ARE the organization.

Executive Leaders

Marie Tjernlund, MA

Leadership Consultant / Executive Coach

Marie Tjernlund is an inspirational and accomplished leadership development executive with 20+ years of experience as a leader, facilitator and subject matter expert in learning and development programs, executive coaching and communications.

In addition to her role as Co-Founder and President of NobleEdge, Marie acts as a Senior Leadership Consultant to accompany leaders and teams through the complexities of executive leadership development, organizational leadership, training initiatives, program management, generational diversity and communications training.


As an Executive Coach, Marie works with emerging managers and executive leaders through conflict-resolution, emotional intelligence and trust-building skills. Her encouraging style as a workshop facilitator (both live and virtual) supports personal empowerment, greater accountability and transformational leadership strategies.

An accomplished and award-winning actor,
Marie leverages human psychology and theatre arts to presentation skills training that enables participants to overcome fears, communicate with clarity and manage challenges with ease.

Prior to leading NobleEdge, Marie spent
10 years working within the non-profit world. She
has served in leadership, marketing and corporate training roles in businesses including Russell Investments, Fierce, TrueBlue, Caravali Coffees
and Big Shoes Marketing.

Marie has been honored to serve on the board of several non-profit organizations in the
Puget Sound area.

Master of Arts, Organizational Leadership 

Gonzaga University

Bachelor of Fine Arts 

Southern Oregon University

MBTI® Practitioner

DiSC Theory Practitioner

Certified Facilitator, Expert OJT

Certified Job Aid Writer, Expert OJT

Certified Master Facilitator, Fierce, Inc.

Certified Practitioner, Conflict Dynamics Profile®

Certified Virtual Classroom Facilitator, InSync Training

Certified Master Facilitator, The Presentation Company

Certified Data Communicator, The Presentation Company

Certified Visual Communicator, The Presentation Company

Certified Storyteller, The Presentation Company 
Certified SELF® Assessment, The Effectiveness Institute

2003 Russell Award of Excellence recipient


Christopher Gilbert, Ph.D.


Senior Consultant / Author / Speaker

Dr. Christopher Gilbert is an organizational development professional serving as a strategic facilitator and leadership and operations consultant. With an international clientele, he has accompanied profit and non-profit senior management and cross-functional levels of the Fortune 1000, government agencies and NGO's in the US, Canada, and countries in Asia and Africa.


Whether providing a keynote speech or facilitating a workshop or team coaching session, Dr. Gilbert brings a unique blend of practical experience, humor and accessible personal connection into all of his work.  Dr. Gilbert has extensive experience facilitating executive retreats and Board and management sessions for strategic and operational planning, partnering and collaborative negotiations, building clarity, alignment and execution readiness and creativity for innovation and product development.


As a specialist in change management, Dr. Gilbert spearheads work in strategic planning, leadership excellence, organizational and team effectiveness and corporate training solutions. He is a business conduct and sustainability leader, implementing highly successful community responsibility and global engagement programs. He completed work for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on a ground-breaking, sustainable food security program focused on human capacity development across four nations of sub-Saharan Africa.


Within the sphere of higher education, Dr. Gilbert has served as COO for Bainbridge Graduate Institute and global faculty at the University of Washington and educational institutions in the US, China, Switzerland, Iran and the Russian Republic.

Dr. Gilbert is the author of the best-selling books, "There's No Right Way To Do The Wrong Thing," and "The Noble Edge: Reclaiming an
Ethical World One Choice at a Time."


Ph.D. Organization,

Management and Leadership Ethics

Capella University
Masters of Business Administration

University of Puget Sound

Bachelor of Science, University of Washington


Certified Facilitator, Leadership Strategies

Certified SELF® Assessment, The Effectiveness Institute

Our Experience

At NobleEdge, we provide leadership services to leaders and teams within corporations, government agencies, small businesses, non-profit organizations and educational administrations around the world.

World Affairs Council
World Trade Center
Export Assistance Center of Washington
Canadian Institute of Business Technology
Center for Ethical Development 
Assn of School Business Officials of Alberta 
San Joaquin County Office of Education
NASBA National Center for the Public Trust
The State of Washington DSHS
Port Blakely Companies
City of Tacoma
Pierce County Executive's Office
Native Northslope Burrough
University of Washington
Bainbridge Graduate Institute
City University
Landegg International University, CHN
Beijing University of Technology, CHE
United States Int'l University, KEN
African Association of Business, ZAF
Pskov Volny University, RUS
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Boeing Company
Weyerhaeuser Company
Ernst & Young 
The Presentation Company
Russell Investments
Physicians Insurance - A Mutual Company
Terracon Consultants, Inc.

The Presentation Company
Schlumberger, CHE
Dalian-Ericsson, CHE 
City of Kent
Fierce, Inc.
US Bank
Key Bank
Rainier-Pacific Bank
Global Edge Solutions
KRW International
The Non-Profit Center
Associated Ministries of Pierce County