As part of Central Exchange’s Emerging Leaders curriculum, each year the different cohorts meet each other in person to learn about the power of connection and how to leverage their network.

On December 1, 2021 the in-person Pink, Green and Blue cohorts gathered at UMKC’s Bloch School of Management to connect with one another over wine and hors d’oeuvres; hear from Patti Phillips, CEO of Women Leaders in College Sports and Founder of the Women Leaders Performance Institute, as she spoke about “Building Relational Currency”; share their Leadership Brand Statement and special items that have helped shape who they are today; and as always learn from the amazing Denise Mills and Robin Sterneck.

The following day the virtual Gold and Orange cohorts had the same opportunity (albeit virtually) to connect with one another, share their Leadership Brand Statements and special items, and have the opportunity to hear Denise Kruse, CEO and Owner of , share her program “Me, Inc.”

This year for the in-person program we were lucky to have Ryan Bruce from Element35 take photos.  See the story of the evening below.

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Lindsay Anderson, Kansas City Southern

Beverley Annan, Honeywell FM&T

DeAnn Berndsen, T Mobile

Lisa Coffin, EPR Properties

Dawn Fosah, Curve Health

Maggie Freeman, Ronald McDonald House Charities Kansas City

Beth Gerstenberger, Seaboard Foods

Janell Grantz, U S Engineering

Jana Hinton, Honeywell FM&T

Aubrey Holden, H&R Block

Tessa Jones, Community America

Ashley Leeper, NIPR

Crystal Lynch, UMB Financial Corporation

Alaena Mallory, Honeywell FM&T

Uzo Nwonwu, UMB Financial Corporation

Rebecca Richcreek, Honeywell FM&T

Nikki Storms, Commerce Bank

Mimsy Tallent, Central Exchange

April Wasleski, H&R Block

Sarah Williams, CreativeOne

Kelly Winters, EML Payments


Tonya Adams, Burns & McDonnell

Kayla Curiel, Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Tara DePaepe, TreviPay

Sarah Galler, UMB Financial Corporation

Christina Gelvin, Honeywell FM&T

Kaitlin Gill, Honeywell FM&T

Kerrie Greenfelder, Burns & McDonnell

Marielle Hense, Lockton Companies

Danielle Hill, American Century Investments

Crystal Howe, UMB

Shaneé Kimber, UMB

Victoria Kratzberg, PNC Bank

Becky Meyer, NAIC

Lauren Moser, Hallmark Cards Inc.

Libby Moss, American Century Investments

Jasmin Moxham, Compass Minerals

Hailey Nemeth, Honeywell FM&T

Hemantha Pagadala, T-Mobile

Catherine Pewe, Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Gina Scheffler, North American Savings Bank

Summer Solgate, EPR Properties

Taylor Stolarski, Honeywell FM&T

Kimberly Tholl, Honeywell FM&T

Shara Wessel, NASB


Danielle Abrahams, AXIS Capital Insurance

Donna Allison, Arconic Corporation

Wanda Bennett, Compass Minerals

Lauren Benson-Smith, Hallmark Cards, Inc

Cindy Chen, AXIS Capital Insurance

Carmen DeSilva, AXIS Capital Insurance

Michelle Donnelly, AXIS Capital Insurance

Emily Ewigman, Black & Veatch

Sarah Hutchings, Ferrellgas

Jessica Key, UMB Financial Corporation

Stefanie Koch, AXIS Capital Insurance

Anna Kukowski, AXIS Capital Insurance

Christine Langan, AXIS Capital Insurance

Nicole Larkin, NIPR

Lydia LaSalata, AXIS Capital Insurance

Maria Lopez, Evergy

Tiffany McCoy, UMB Financial Corporation

Roshni Modi, Honeywell FM&T

Marina Mosquera, AXIS Capital Insurance

Miriam Mosseri, AXIS Capital Insurance

Sarah Ngo, Honeywell FM&T

Jessica Painchaud, AXIS Capital Insurance

Shana Romeo, AXIS Capital Insurance

Abigail Sannemalm, AXIS Capital Insurance

Tara Sapru, AXIS Capital Insurance

Kathy Smink, Burns & McDonnell

Laurent Smith, Honeywell FM&T

Sarah Steeby, Honeywell FM&T

Neira Svraka-Petrovic, AXIS Capital Insurance

Suyang Yang, AXIS Capital Insurance

Maggie Zehren, Black & Veatch


Yetunde Felix-Ukwu, Kansas City Repertory Theatre

Julie Gann, NAIC

Tayon Jackson, Commerce Bank

Tisha Johnson, Evergy

Alyssa Johnson, RFP360

Kelly King, Honeywell FM&T

Kayla Lagud, Hallmark Cards Inc.

Kristi Laing, American Century Investments

Jenne McNaney, TreviPay

Sarah Minor, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Kandis Muhs, EPR Properties

Amanda Olson, Burns & McDonnell

Kaylee Peile, Linda Hall Library Foundation

Clair Suttie, Honeywell FM&T

Angelia Ward, UMB Financial Corporation

Jennifer West, Honeywell FM&T

Allison Wilson, Lockton Companies

Patty Winders, UMB Financial Corporation

Paige Wixson, GBA Builders, LLC

Sudee Wright, H&R Block

Lily Zamora, Compass Minerals


Haylee Adams, AXIS Capital Insurance

Tia Alexander-Henson, AXIS Capital Insurance

Jenna Backer, AXIS Specialty US Services Inc.

Jamie Bojanski, Black & Veatch

Samantha Caruthers, Arconic Corporation

Maria Charalambous, AXIS Capital Insurance

Sara Dubsky, Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission

Christina Engle, Husch Blackwell LLP

Ana Garcia, AXIS Capital Insurance

Jessica Gardner, North American Savings Bank

Jennifer Giocondi, Arconic

Michelle Glass, AXIS Capital Insurance

Lora Grantcharova, AXIS Capital Insurance

Jade Harding, AXIS Capital Insurance

Chrissy Herrera, UMB Financial Corporation

Camilla Johnson, AXIS Capital Insurance

Tara McCullen, Burns & McDonnell

Ralea Michaelides, AXIS Capital Insurance

Paula Piette, NIPR

Colleen Pirrello, Black & Veatch

Nikki Rawles, AXIS Capital Insurance

Ashley Sales, AXIS Capital Insurance

Brinda Swanson, H&R Block

Eurydice B Ulysses, Black & Veatch

Leslie Walsh,