EDGE Mentoring
2018 Year in Review

This was yet another incredible and inspiring year at EDGE thanks to our mentors, our mentees, our corporate partners and our staff. Join us in reflecting back on our favorite highlights from 2018.


A Year of Growth.

In 2018, we welcomed nearly 300 new mentors and mentees to the EDGE community, completed a strategic plan with renewed vision and direction, launched the EDGE at Work program, rolled out two new mentoring options, and impacted 4,500 lives through our mentoring program and events.


New Mentors


New Mentees


Groups Launched


Total Members (All-Time)


Events Hosted


Lives Impacted


Corporate Partners


Special thanks to our title partners:


Team Highlights.

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Joe Pfeifer (left) and Cullan Bedwell joined us for the summer as our first interns.

Our team moved into an office space this summer!

Our team officially moved into an office space in downtown Indianapolis this summer!

Anne O'Brien

Anne O’Brien, former VP of Marketing for the Center for the Performing Arts, joined our team as EDGE|X Coordinator.

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We’re excited to welcome Trevor DeWitt as he joins our team in January 2019 as our Operations Manager.


EDGE at Work

This year, we launched EDGE at Work – a program that brings the EDGE experience to the workplace where coworkers can grow together. The program provides the framework for a year-long leadership development experience focused on a small group of young professionals.


Mentor Options

While group mentoring is our main model, this year we wanted to eliminate barriers and provide new ways for leaders to pay it forward to the next generation. With our Guest Mentor and Platform Mentor options, you can choose your level of involvement with EDGE.


New Resources for Mentors

Earlier this year, we introduced some new resources to support our mentors as they lead their groups of mentees – including the Group Mentor Guide, Year One Call Plan and curated curriculum resources on the topics of work, home and faith. We also hosted two Mentor Enablement webinars for current mentors.


Strategic Plan

In 2017, we were awarded a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to fund a strategic plan for growth. This year, we completed the strategic plan, which defines a renewed direction for our organization and the gaps that EDGE is filling in the realms of career, faith and community:


Professional Engagement Gap

A 2014 Gallup Study reported that the U.S. employee engagement among millennials was, on average, 28.9%. That’s less than one out of every three millennial employees who are truly engaged at work.

Faith Engagement Gap

According to CNN, 95% of the 20,000 20 to 30-year-olds surveyed said they attended church in elementary or middle school. By the time they arrived to college, the percentage dropped to only 11%.

Community Engagement Gap

According to General Social Survey, the number of Americans with no close friends has tripled since 1985. Zero is the most common number of confidants reported by those who were surveyed.


14  events in 2018.
3,800  people connected.

This year, we saw 2,600 leaders come together for a day of leadership development at our keystone event, hundreds of women inspired by strong female leaders at our Women’s Events, our mentors and mentees gathered together in community at EDGE socials, and many new relationships forged from partnering with other Indiana organizations.


EDGE|X 2018

Our annual leadership conference sold out for its third year in a row. Seven powerhouse speakers joined us in Indianapolis to speak on the topic of people-centered leadership, including Shauna Niequist, David Novak and Tony Dungy.


“The energy, heart and truth that filled the room continue to inspire me. I’ll be reflecting on the powerful stories shared that day for many years to come.”

–Jessica Kim, EDGE|X 2018 speaker


EDGE|X Press Coverage


Our 2018 Events

Ian Cron

Enneagram Workshop with Ian Cron

We partnered with Harrison Center to bring bestselling author, Enneagram teacher and nationally recognized speaker Ian Cron to Indianapolis to lead an inspirational two-day workshop.

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Connect Breakfast

Nearly 200 Indianapolis joined us for a fireside chat with Indianapolis Colts GM Chris Ballard for our annual Connect Breakfast.


Evening Conversation with Michael Wear

Trinity Forum and EDGE hosted Michael Wear, author of Reclaiming Hope and former Obama White House staffer, for a conversation on building bridges across the lines that divide in politics, business and communities.


Women’s Event with Annie Downs

Bestselling author Annie Downs joined us for a special Women’s Event recognizing the inspiring work that women are doing right here in our community, including Stripped Free ministries and He Knows Your Name.

New Story Charity

Breakfast with Brett Hagler

We teamed up with our friends at Hyde Park Venture Partners and High Alpha for an exclusive breakfast and fireside chat with New Story Charity CEO and Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur Brett Hagler.

Shauna Niequist Lunch

Lunch with Shauna Niequist

After EDGE|X 2018, New York Times bestselling author Shauna Niequist joined us for an intimate lunch, Q&A and book signing with 30 women.

Mentor Recruiting Lunch

November Mentor Recruiting Event

Both male and female leaders joined us for lunch at BlackInk IT to learn more about getting involved as a mentor with EDGE.


Good Bones Women’s Event

A group of 50 women heard from Karen and Mina – the stars of HGTV’s Good Bones – as they shared lessons learned from being two strong women in a male-dominated industry.

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EDGE Day of Service

A group of EDGE mentors and mentees joined us for our first ever Day of Service with Shepherd Community Center this summer!

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Summer Social

EDGE mentors and mentees spent a summer evening at Gallery Pastry Shop for our summer social, where Shepherd Community Center and Thrivent provided an on-site service opportunity.

EDGE Ambassador Reception 2018

Ambassador Reception 2018

Nearly 200 guests joined us at our Ambassador Reception the evening before EDGE|X, including corporate partners, friends, and EDGE|X 2018 speakers Tony Dungy, Jessica Nam Kim and David Novak.

Smash Social

Holiday Social

Our mentors and mentees celebrated the end of another great year together with food, drinks and ping pong at Smash Social, a coffee shop and ping pong bar in downtown Indianapolis.


September Mentor Recruiting Event

We hosted local female leaders at Cake Bake for a Mentor Recruiting event, where we shared more about our mission and how to get involved with EDGE.


Stories of Impact.

We’re lucky to have so many humble movers and shakers in our community who are doing good work and growing alongside each other. Meet the people behind the stories we’ve shared this year.


“Because I no longer feel like I am on an island, I can be open and vulnerable with a group of men who understand what it is like to be Christian, a father, a professional and a husband.”

–Derrin Slack, CEO of ProAct Indy & EDGE mentee


Resources for Growth.

This year, we focused on adding valuable blog content on career development and mentoring.


“Learn how to add a bullet to your resume every six months. If you’re not doing that, you’re probably getting bored.”

–Katie Smith, Founder & CEO of Careerable


Sharing Our Mission.

This year, our CEO had the opportunity to share more about the power of mentoring and the EDGE mission as a guest on some inspirational podcasts and video series.


#GotTheFire series by Firebelly Marketing

Alpha Tau Omega 2018 Congress | Orlando, FL


Thanks for an unforgettable 2018.

If you’ve been impacted or inspired by the work we’re doing, now is the perfect time to give back and get involved. Your gift – be it time or treasure – allows us to continue serving as the platform for millennials to build whole-life mentoring relationships!