Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below are some frequently asked questions about Central Exchange’s Emerging Leaders program.

If you have additional questions, please reach out to Ann Hackett, CX Bloch Leader.

Who Should Apply?

Women professionals who want to get that next promotion, become a better leader, grow their network, and/or jumpstart their next venture.

We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and industries. Past students have been senior leaders at financial companies, directors of technology, marketing managers, healthcare professionals, leaders at non-profits, founders of early-stage startups, and more.

What are the costs?

There is a flat rate of $6,000 for the full year.

The rate is the same for both in-person and virtual cohorts. You will be invoiced for the full amount after your application is received, and payment is due no later than the date of your first cohort.

If your company is a Central Exchange Corporate Partner, you will receive a $500 discount from the regular rate, which will be reflected on your invoice.

Do you offer non-profit rates?

Yes! The Emerging Leaders Nonprofit Rate is based on your organization’s prior fiscal year income. NP rates are listed on the application. Please note, we only accept up-to 10 students (2 per cohort) at the non-profit rate each year.  We will notify you if we have reached the maximum amount of students and you will have the opportunity to still attend at the regular rate, or postpone your enrollment to the following year.

What is the time commitment?

Emerging Leaders is a year-long course consisting of 11 monthly sessions.  Each cohort will have a dedicated date for their monthly session, and all sessions will be from 8:30 am – 11:30 am.

Is there a certification provided?

Yes! There is a certificate provided to all students that successfully complete the program.

What is a cohort?

A cohort is a group of students who work through a curriculum together to achieve the same academic achievement. 

In the 2021-22 Emerging Leaders Program, we have 3 in-person cohorts, and 2 virtual cohorts.  You can provide your preference on your application.

How large is each cohort?

Each Emerging Leaders cohort is limited to 25 leaders; allowing for personal engagement with facilitators Denise Mills and Robin Sterneck.

Is there a difference between the In-Person and Virtual Cohorts?

The only difference between the types of cohorts is the location. The curriculum is exactly the same.  In-person cohorts will meet predominately at the UMKC Bloch School of Management and virtual cohorts will always meet online via Zoom.

What happens if I can’t make my cohort’s assigned date one month?

If you are unable to make your assigned date because of work or personal reasons, we do ask that you attend one of the other scheduled in-person or virtual cohorts that month so you don’t miss any of the sessions.

What COVID-19 precautions will you take for in-person cohorts?

Our goal is to keep all of our students safe, so we will follow all current CDC and location safety guidelines pertaining to COVID-19.  We will notify all students if changes occur, but for current UMKC guidelines, click here.

Can I still be a part of the program if I live outside the KC Metro area or travel for work?

Yes! We would love for you to still join us!  The beauty of a virtual cohort is that you can be anywhere in the world when you attend, as long as you have internet access.

How do I become an Emerging Leader?

This program requires an application to join, as the curated experience is designed for a small amount of qualified participants. Applications are now closed for the class of 2022. Next year’s application will open late spring/early summer.