If you’ve been to Central Exchange, you’ve surely been greeted by the smiling face of Kaylah Perry, CX Communications + Impact Coordinator. She’s our glue – enthusiastically up for any task to serve our members and staff well. “CX has taught me that my best is good enough,” she says. “I love knowing that I have no limits being a woman.” Read on to meet Kaylah Perry, discover her obsession with baking and why she loves being a part of CX.
Her CX Connection: Kaylah first connected with Central Exchange through the Edward Smith Internship through University of Missouri – Kansas City. “It was a life-changing experience,” she says. “I wouldn’t have been satisfied with my college experience if I hadn’t done the internship.” Kaylah worked her way through college, so the internship program was a chance to meet other students and receive one-on-one business coaching from her professor, Doranne Hudson. “She is a wonderful woman. She always made me look at situations from a different perspective.”
A day in the life: As CX’s Communications + Impact Coordinator, you’ll find Kaylah doing a variety of tasks vital to our membership. From programming logistics, to answering member and non-member questions, no two days are alike. “I always have my to-do list,” Kaylah laughs. Kaylah is also the contact for Central Catering Co, Central Exchange’s catering company that funds our mission.
On Kansas City: “I just love Kansas City! Everything is close together. When you’re from KC, you’re a part of a community. You can go to any state in the world, if you met someone from KC they’d be you BFF right away.”
Why she loves Central Exchange: “I love how supportive members and staff are of each other. If you need help or anything, someone has got your back. You have a whole community of women who have your back.”
“You have a whole community of women who have your back.”
“At Central Exchange, you have the opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else. It really comes down to the relationships that last a lifetime.”
Her baking passion: Kaylah has been baking everything from cookies and brownies to cakes and pastries since she was a kid. “I can probably outbake Peter (Central Exchange Executive Chef), he just doesn’t know it!” she says. Kaylah also admits to a Food Network obsession.
Life goal: “I want to write a mystery novel. Someone will probably die, because that’s the key to any good mystery novel.”
Why brunch is the best: On the weekends, you’ll find Kaylah with fiancé Gabriel going to brunch. “I’m very passionate about it. You get the best of both worlds – sweet and savory.” Her favorite brunch spot is Le Peep. “The Belgium waffles are like crunchy pillow clouds in your mouth!”
Woman who’s made a difference: Dr. Angela Bahner at Metropolitan Community College. “She as one of the most supportive professors and genuinely loved to help her students.” When Kaylah was navigating her transition at the end of MCC, Dr. Bahner listened, offered advice and reassured Kaylah that she had accomplished steps to advance her college career. “She was truly one of the nicest and most compassionate professors I have ever had. I would love to get in touch with her and tell her what an impact she had”
Words Team CX uses to describe Kaylah: Ray of sunshine. Bright. Optimistic. Caring. Dependable. Successful. Passionate. Kind. Determined. Helpful. Positive.
“Kaylah consistently steps up to the plate with a smile on her face and genuine interest to serve,” says Courtney Thomas, Central Exchange President + CEO. “She is a true team contributor who has stuck with us during this journey to rebuild CX, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without her.”
Stay tuned to the Central Exchange blog to meet other CX staff, members and partners.