Christy Uffelman grows the person to grow the leader.
Christy has coached leaders for 20 years, helping companies align talent strategy with business strategy. After a successful corporate career as the head of HR in the construction industry, Christy launched EDGE Leadership and the east coast office of Align Leadership simultaneously in 2013. While serving as President of Align, the global company grew five-fold in seven years. Christy spun off EDGE Leadership in 2020 where she still serves as CEO. Her life’s work is pioneering group coaching to curate belonging and connection across genders, generations, sexual orientation, race, and ethnicity. Christy believes that we need to turn leadership development inside out – the internal source from where our external behaviors are born – and that we accomplish this by growing the person to grow the leader.
An executive coach by trade, Christy leads a team of ICF certified coaches who leverage 1:1 coaching, experiential learning and group coaching to develop leaders personally as well as professionally. In 2013, she trademarked a 100% virtual experiential learning (EXL) platform called PEER Technology® which is proven across Fortune 500 companies to ignite the corporate talent pipeline. This innovative learning process is leveraged to facilitate organizational knowledge transfer, driving retention, promotion, mobility, engagement, and development, and can be deployed independently or connected across four tiers in an organization: early career, midcareer, senior leader, and officer/C-Suite.
EDGE Leadership is privileged to walk beside many innovative organizations including FedEx Ground, DPR Construction, Duquesne Light Company and PNC Bank, who are actively engaged in retaining and developing their talent pipeline to the C-Suite. Additionally, Christy can be found coaching regionally in Pittsburgh through the EDGE Experience, an annual women’s group coaching cohort targeting mid-career leaders with the Pittsburgh Technology Council, and nationally through the open enrollment experience, THRIVE.
A sought after speaker in the field of group coaching and women’s leadership, Christy is launching her first book, THE PEER Revolution, Group Coaching That Ignites the Power of People in Q1 2022. Her passion for people development and her work to inspire inclusive leadership in white, male-dominated industries has inspired several research projects including the 2015 white paper, Women Leaders Across Generations. Christy was honored to be the 2018 keynote for Harvard Medical School’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference, where she also facilitated a group coaching experience for Men as Allies.
Christy was awarded the ATHENA Young Professional Recipient and the YWCA Young Leader of the Year in 2012 and a Woman of Distinction in 2014. In 2016, Christy was recognized by Smart Business Magazine as one of Pittsburgh’s “50 Smartest Executives”, received the inaugural Spirit of Enterprise Young Professional of the Year award from Junior Achievement and was identified by Pittsburgh Magazine as a 40 Under 40 Honoree.
Business/Organizational Leadership Experience
Christy joined Mascaro Construction Company in 2007 as a Vice President and as an internal organization development strategist for workforce planning and integrated talent management. At Mascaro, she worked alongside the CEO to engage the organization in the launch of multiple successful mentoring and coaching programs focused on developing current executives and emerging leaders. The organization’s innovative and strategic talent management initiatives became the foundation of an intentional culture shift for the company, which was recognized nationally and regionally both inside and outside the construction industry. Before Mascaro, Christy owned the executive coaching firm Red Zebra Consulting. With both Red Zebra and Mascaro, she shared her expertise and passion for developing emotional intelligence with executives and their teams, challenging them to be intentional in their leadership choices and strategic in their corporate talent management.
Education and Training
A TED Speaker and NPR Millennial resource, Christy’s is recognized by The Huffington Post as a Fierce Woman and is both a board certified ontological coach from Newfield Network and a certified Master Human Capital Strategist from the Human Capital Institute. Christy served as the Chair of 50/50 Women on Boards from 2015-2019, a national nonprofit committed to increasing the percentage of female talent on Fortune 1000 corporate boards. Christy sits on the board of directors for Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, serves as chair of a foundation and sits on several nonprofit boards including the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
“Our customized cohort experience was guided by a masterful coach whose authenticity, candor, and savvy created a space for a unique peer to peer network to develop. The experience taught me to identify, own, and fill the gaps I create when I get busy trying to make a living instead of making a life… plus a group of mentors, coaches, and friends so I’d never had to fill those gaps alone”
Eat’n’Park Hospitality Group
“As a result of working with EDGE’s PEER Technology® model, our group was able to spend one day building the trust and camaraderie that other groups work for months to build. This experience included intensive, meaningful and specific exercises that our group needed in order to start to meet our goals. Christy’s clarity and vision clearly showed as she allowed our members to grow and develop (when and as they needed) throughout the program."
ATHENA Circle of Trust (ACT)
“I never knew there were so many other people inside my own company who experienced the same things as me. What I thought was individual to me is really a part of a collective experience my peers are having across the country. PEER Technology® gave us the vehicle to share our stories, our successes and our best practices so that we now don’t feel so alone AND can be a part of helping others to succeed."
“My EDGE coach helps me see possibilities where I couldn’t see them before. Her support, energy, enthusiasm, and incredibly kind and generous spirit have made such an impact in my life. Our conversations always bolster my soul and nurture my motivation. I am so thankful to my organization for investing in my development as a whole person – and not just as a leader."
“The most important and valuable part of the cohort experience is the relationships we built with our peers to build trust together. Without setting the precedent that within the cohort you can be frank about challenges as well as successes, personal or professional, the cohort model would be just like any other team-building experience, and it is decidedly not. EDGE Leadership creates an environment where people not only feel comfortable being candid, but completely honest with each other. They truly create the space where we grow as whole people – not just as professionals."
Highmark/Blue Cross Blue Shield
“Five stars. The cohort model has afforded me the opportunity to be part of a group of individuals who know me on an intimate level: who I am professionally and personally, where I stand in my career and life, and where I want to go. I now have 24 other women looking out for me and making things happen around me – introducing me to people at community events, providing suggestions for development, and opening doors I couldn’t open on my own. This connection with my professional peers is invaluable to me."
Carsen Nesbitt Ruperto,
Pittsburgh Technology Council