Special Interest Groups 



Total Yard Gardeners
From novice to expert, this group is for everyone interested in gardening. Bi-monthly meeting topics range from beginning gardening to specialized gardening tips. From spring through fall, tours of local gardens are offered.  Participants share a wide range of knowledge and level of interest in gardening.  Join us to expand your gardening knowledge while having fun in the process!  

  • Meets at Central Exchange Downtown from 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at varying dates and at members’ homes for Garden parties.
  • Contact Phyllis Carlyle: dcarlyle@kc.rr.com 

You Never Can Tell
You Never Can Tell is a group of assorted, changeable (but not interchangeable) women (usually) who just want to take a break, meet a few people they don't know, and just see what happens -- because after all, you never can tell. Anyone who joins us is, by definition, fun, clever, smart . . . and ready to have a good time. You can expect no agenda, which doesn’t mean we’re topic-less -and we always have a great lunch. Take time for yourself and join us for the best Friday of your month.

Women with Wisdom

Life-long learning for the retired and nearly retired. If you have “been there, done that” and want to share your experience and lots of laughter, join us!

Women with Wisdom helps navigate the needs of a growing and dynamic demographic within CX – members 55+ --  with relevant programming tailored to our age group.  The purpose of this group is to develop a community of like-minded yet diverse women to share wisdom and expertise to encourage life-long learning.  We focus on repurposing ourselves and our time, making the most of the next stage of life.  CX members gather to hear and learn from life experiences of a different member each month.  Join us as we present engaging topics, and share resources in a casual, conversational setting. 

  • Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 11:45 a.m, CX Downtown
  • Facilitated by Ruth Rider-Seck & Carol Getty 


Women of the Northland
Does your heart (and home or work) reside north of the river?  Would you like to network with CX members from Parkville, Gladstone, Weatherby Lake, Oak Park and other Northland locales? If so, then come and socialize with us!
Meets: the 4th Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at various northland restaurants.
Contact: Andrea Kimball at andrea.kimball@snrdenton.com or (816) 460-2427.

Girls Night Out
Do you like to dine out at trendy new restaurants with old and new CX friends? Then this is the group for you!  We meet at restaurants throughout the Kansas City area.Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at area restaurants at 6:00 p.m.
Contact Melinda Bartling at (913) 515-3250; melinda@melindabartling.com
Book Club
This group meets monthly over lunch to discuss designated books. All book lovers are welcome!

  • Meets the 3rd Friday of the month from Noon-1:15 p.m. at Central Exchange South
  • Contact Diane Browning at (913) 315-9284; diane.c.browning@sprint.com

ConnecX is Central Exchange’s very own ‘First Friday’ where we surround ourselves with people instead of art! Have breakfast and make connections while enjoying fun and insightful exchanges designed to help us get to know each other better.  This group offers a great way to get started with your membership. 

  • Meets the 1st Friday of the month from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at Central Exchange South
  • Contact Melinda Bartling at (913) 515-3250; melinda@melindabartling.com

Business Incubator Group

Meets the 2nd Friday of the month: 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. at Central Exchange South
Facilitated by Nibal Henderson & Amy Leslie

Have you been searching for a safe, confidential, and nurturing environment to discuss your pressing business needs? Have you wondered how to connect with a group of professionals representing  a diverse range of disciplines and experiences who are willing to provide their perspectives? Do you feel more comfortable speaking frankly about challenges, shortcomings and seeking advice outside of your circle of peers?

The Business Incubator Group provides the space, interest and opportunity for CX members to share ideas, challenges and possibilities to better meet the needs of your business. Each month one CX member has the opportunity to bring their unique business challenge to the “hot seat” and receive focused feedback from fellow CX members.

If you are:
  • Thinking of launching a new business
  • Considering a new marketing strategy
  • Adding a new product/service to your business
  • Seeking assistance and perspective on a business challenge
  • Want to join this dynamic and growing group invested in the success of CX members
Email Nibal Henderson - NibalHenderson@gmail.com to request a hot seat spot.
Great Decisions Discussion Group

The Great Decisions Discussion Program is the centerpiece of the Foreign Policy Association's outreach efforts.  Centered on the Great Decisions briefing book, it covers eight timely global and thematic topics related to U.S. foreign policy. This group is designed to encourage discussion of the important global issues of our time. Participants read the related chapter in the briefing book and meet monthly to discuss the topic.
  • Meets the 2nd Friday of the month from Noon-1:15 p.m. at Central Exchange South
  • Contact Sandy Ackerson (913) 491-3278; cwsandy@sbcglobal.net 
Leadership Forum
Because personal and professional growth and career success are dependent on the growth of one's leadership skills, Leadership Forum exists to help women with their voice to reach their full personal and professional potential.

Leadership Forum’s format offers participants a learning environment each month by discussing timely relevant topics focused on how we can better lead others. Participants can and do bring questions on real life, real time issues to the group for a confidential discussion and feedback.
  • Meets the 1st Thursday of the month from  7:30-9:00 a.m. at Central Exchange South
  • Contact Donna Craig at (913) 599-4511; donna@leadershipresourceskc.com
Referral and Resource Breakfast
Each time this group gathers we intentionally look for ways to help one another.  This is your opportunity to harness the power of great connections!   Come ready to become a resource for others,  find the help you need (personally and professionally), deepen existing relationships and of course make new ones.

Meets the last Friday of the month, 8:00 a.m, Central Exchange South
Facilitated by Dawn Crouch, dawnc@oliver-insurance.com
Your Leadership Power 
Your Leadership Power is a workshop of motivated leaders who will join you in your journey toward personal and professional success, recognizing that "success" has a different meaning for each of us.  Specifically, our meetings focus on the first area of leadership – personal leadership. Our meetings include discussion topics that nurture each participant’s growth by learning ways we can each lead ourselves more effectively in all areas of our lives.  

If they choose, participants can receive help establishing goals, discuss their progress and challenges, and receive support and feedback. This group also includes an encouragement / accountability component. All in a confidential environment.


The goal of this group is to provide a supportive environment where members learn to become effective communicators by giving impromptu speeches and offering and receiving evaluations. The Toastmasters Club is open to all CX members.

  • Meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at CX South 
  • Contact Monica Dahl (913)-953-4188, mdahl@arvest.com

Central Exchange Downtown
1020 Central St. Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64105
(816) 471-7560 Downtown

Central Exchange South
6201 College Blvd
Leawood, KS 66211