Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Book Club

This group meets monthly over lunch to discuss designated books. All book lovers are welcome!
  • Meets the 1st Tuesday 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

B.I.G. Business Incubator Group

The Business Incubator Group (BIG) is where big ideas are hatched and actionable strategies are developed. Each month 1 CX member has the opportunity to bring their biggest business challenge to the hot seat and receive focused feedback from the group in a confidential environment.

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

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.

Your Leadership Power
(Formerly Leadership Forum Plus)

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.
  • Meets  the 3rd Friday of the month from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at Central Exchange South.
  • Contact Donna Craig at (913) 599-4511; donna@leadershipresourceskc.com

L.I.F.E. Money Club

Money affects every choice we make, every part of our daily lives. From the neighborhood where we raise our children to the way we spend our time and energy, money is intertwined with our relationships, our dreams and our reality. As women today, we’ve got to get smart about money, and now is the time to do it no matter what stage of life you are in. At each meeting we will host a guided discussion exploring many financial topics such as debt, savings, and money behaviors, called Money Zones. Amazing things will happen as we move through all of the money zones, step by step. The L.I.F.E Money Club is a great way to share your progress on your journey towards financial freedom
  • Meets  the 1st Thursday of the month from 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at CX Downtown and the 2nd Thursday of the month from Noon-1:15 p.m. at Central Exchange South
  • Contact: Brandy Branstetter, Fresh Financial Planning, (913)-601-4568; brandy@freshfp.com

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.

Referral & Resource Breakfast

Establishing relationships is one of the best ways to obtain business referrals.  But how do you do that in a fun and productive way? Join this Fourth Friday breakfast networking group!  Come prepared to tell us what you do, ask for the referrals that you want and to help others in their business, as well.


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 2nd  Tuesday of the month from Noon-1:15 p.m. at CX South and the 4th Tuesday of the month from Noon-1:15 p.m. at CX South
  • Contact Monica Dahl (913)-953-4188, mdahl@arvest.com 

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.

Central Exchange
1020 Central St. Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64105
(816) 471-7560 Downtown
(913) 253-0900 CX South