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Thank you for considering the Midwest Leadership Summit!  Below you will find answers to a few questions you may have as you are planning for this event. If you have any additional questions, please email us at

Frequently Asked Questions

Who hosts the Midwest Leadership Summit?

The annual Midwest Leadership Summit has been hosted by Central Exchange since 2003.  For over 40 years, Central Exchange has worked to support women and believes that all women should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. When ambitious women receive more opportunity for growth, it ultimately benefits everyone – employers, colleagues, family and the community – and leads to a more equal world.

Who should attend the Summit?

The Midwest Leadership Summit is for anyone looking to grow personally or professionally – regardless of your job title.  We have attendees from a wide-variety of industries and stages in their careers.  Since Central Exchange is a women-focused organization, we’re frequently asked if other genders can attend.  THE ANSWER IS YES! Everyone is welcome for this inclusive event full of leadership development, growth and inspiration.

What are the key takeaways after attending this event?

Throughout the day you will sharpen your leadership skill set with tactical, practical and strategic ideas from the best leaders during our keynote and breakout sessions.

What are the different costs of individual tickets?

There is a price difference between In-Person and Virtual tickets, as well as whether you are a CX Member or Non-Member:

Individual In-Person Tickets // CX Members: $149 | Non-Members: $249

Individual Virtual Tickets // CX Members: $99 | Non-Members: $199

For more information about what is included in each ticket price, along with any early bird pricing, visit the ticket information page.

Do you offer a non-profit discount?

As a non-profit we know the Summit is a valuable development event for your teams, so we do offer a $50 non-profit discount off of the regular pricing for virtual and in-person tickets. Please email our Event Manager, Kerry Gentry Hartnett, to receive the discount code to use when purchasing tickets.

What sponsorship levels are available?

We have 5 different sponsorship levels available, and other various ways you can help CX bring this event to life. With your commitment to business excellence, organizational diversity, and the professional development of women in your workforce, we invite your company to be a part of this incredible day.

Discover more on our sponsorship page with more detail on how you can become a sponsor of the 2023 Midwest Leadership Summit. Please note that in order to maximize your exposure in marketing materials, we ask that you become a sponsor prior to March 28.

What is the last day to register for individual tickets?

The deadline to purchase individual in-person tickets is Tuesday, April 4 at 5 PM, and individual virtual tickets is the day before the event on Monday, April 17 at 5 PM.

If you are purchasing a table with 10 in-person guests or 20 virtual guests, we ask that you purchase the table no later than Tuesday, March 28 at 5 PM so we can still add the name of your company to the printed marketing materials as a sponsor.

Do I need to register separately for the Pre- and Post Summit Learnshops?

All individual and group ticket purchases include (1) Pre-Summit Learnshop and (4) Post-Summit Learnshops (all dates to be determined).  You will be automatically registered for the Pre-Summit Learnshop if your ticket is purchased at least one day prior to the program.  After the Midwest Leadership Summit, all attendees will be emailed a link and code to register for each individual Post-Summit Learnshop.  Recordings of all Learnshops will be available after the individual programs happen, however if you’re able, we do suggest you attend on the scheduled dates for the best experience.

What will be recorded on April 18 and when will the recordings be available?

All of the keynote and breakout sessions will be recorded.  Those recordings will be made available on a Vimeo Showcase within 2 weeks following the Midwest Leadership Summit.  All in-person and virtual attendees will have access to the recordings and will receive an email notifying them when the recordings are available.  All recordings will be viewable until April 17, 2024.

What happens if I pay, and then I’m not able to attend?

Unfortunately, ticket fees for in-person and virtual attendees are non-refundable.  The bright side is if you registered for an in-person ticket and are no longer able to attend in-person, we can easily change your ticket to virtual so you can view everything live.  Plus, all ticket holders will have access to the recordings and all digital content following the event.

Please explain more about the hybrid event format.

We understand that everyone has different preferences for attending events. That’s why we’ve designed the Summit as a hybrid in person or online leadership retreat again this year. Attendees may choose to attend in person at the Overland Park Convention Center or to attend online where they will be able to view and interact with the inspirational content via our virtual conference platform.  No matter how you choose to attend, know that attending the Midwest Leadership Summit in 2023 will help you chart the course to move your path forward and achieve what’s next for you.

What health and safety guidelines will be
implemented for in-person attendees?

For those of you who are comfortable attending in person, we’re continuing to take all of the necessary steps to help you attend in person with confidence, and enjoy your experience throughout the day. Your health and safety is our top priority.

Those precautions include:

  • Venue: The Overland Park Convention Center has achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council STAR Facility accreditation, the industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities.  This ensures that the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention are implemented within the facility. This includes having hand sanitizer stations available throughout the event.
  • Masks: Although it is not required, we encourage mask wearing if it makes you feel comfortable.  As always, we will ultimately be adhering to local guidelines as it relates to mask use.
  • Physical Touching: While many at the event are vaccinated and/or comfortable with physical touching, we request that all attendees be respectful for those who may not want any handshakes, hugs, fist bumps, etc.
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