Founded in 1980, our membership of 900+ women and men from the Kansas City metro area includes managers and executives, business owners, non-profit and civic leaders and community volunteers.
With more than 400 programs a year, CX offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities and networking events that provide resources and connections for members to advance their careers and build their businesses. Central Exchange leadership development programs create a pool of highly qualified leaders available for executive positions in the Kansas City area. This supports our strategic initiative win|win, a business case for Kansas City, to increase gender diversity at the top of area companies.
Senior Program Officer, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
I joined CX in 2011 at the recommendation of my then-supervisor, as I had recently relocated to Kansas City and he knew I was looking to expand my network and get a better handle on the pulse of Kansas City. My membership has provided all that and more! The programming is diverse, relevant, and of top-notch quality. And I have never met an unfriendly face at a CX event. Members are welcoming, engaging, and supportive. I can’t count how many times I have recommended CX to colleagues and friends as Kansas City’s #1 resource for professional and personal development, especially for women.
Resource Development Officer, NHS
I was in a business and professional women's group before I moved back to Kansas City and when I found out about CX I realized "this is exactly what I'm missing.' It didn't take long for me to join and become actively involved. The friendships I've made, and continue to make, are indispensable to me both professionally and personally. The professional and personal development skills I am gaining are invaluable in all aspects of my life.
Senior IT Executive, IBM
I was introduced to Central Exchange when Kelly Lieberman nominated me for one of CX’s Stemmy Awards in 2014. She and a number of my other friends in CX highly recommended I be a part of this organization. It’s been barely three months since I joined Central Exchange and I already feel like a part of an “amazing family” surrounded by aspiring, dedicated and passionate individuals striving to help each other and grow as team! CX does a great job in bringing a good mixture of events that benefit their members both professionally and personally. Warm hosts, great conversations, delicious food and ‘fun’tastic people makes a perfect combination for an excellent organization!
Graphic Designer, Jules Borel & Co.
As an associate at a small company, I value Central Exchange membership as an opportunity to gain professional and personal growth. For over 16 years, I've been educated, entertained, enlightened and informed by many local and national speakers and coaches. I've met fabulous women, and gained personal friends at the downtown location. My recommendation for the best camaraderie is to attend special interest groups on a regular basis, or get involved on a committee.