Chris Yelton

Co-Founder/Co-Managing Partner

Chris is a Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner of The Higher Ground Group. She brings 25+ years of experience driving innovation, revenue growth and operational transformation in technology, professional services and non-profit environments.


As the former President of The Sage Group, Chris co-led Sage’s growth strategy for more than a decade with the Founder & CEO. The Sage Group was acquired in 2019 by 24 Seven, a Morgan Stanley Private Equity portfolio company.

In the non-profit world, Chris was the CEO of the International Museum of Women, where she created the first digital media museum of its kind in the world. The award-winning museum fostered women's empowerment through digital media exhibitions, a dynamic online community and local programs.


Chris also held various executive positions at Lucent Technologies including Vice President/General Manager, Japan, where she led the subsidiary to become the highest performing region worldwide. She also developed Octel’s Latin American region and ran worldwide sales operations for the $700M organization.


Horses were Chris’ fondest memory growing up, particularly the summers she spent on her friend’s 600-acre ranch. A chance meeting with a 2-week-old filly at a Colorado dude ranch re-awakened her passion, and her life’s purpose. This encounter ignited her and her husband’s vision to make the transformational experience of working with horses available to business executives and their teams.


Licenses & Certifications

  • Master Herder (Eponaquest) Certified Instructor

  • E3A Equine Education Trained

  • Foundations of Equine Experiential Education Facilitation

  • Introduction to the Equine Experiential Education Facilitation Method

Chris Yelton