Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Join your fellow members in sharing ideas and expanding interests through one of our Special Interest Groups
Home and Garden Hospitality Group
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!
Meet: at Central Exchange Downtown from 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. at varying dates, as well as at members’ homes for Garden Parties
Contact: Phyllis Carlyle at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 — though it doesn’t mean we’re topic-less — and a great lunch (always). Take time for yourself and join us for the best Friday of your month.
Meet: at CX Downtown from 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the last Friday of the month
Contact: Chris Becicka at 913.384.1020 or email@example.com
Women with Wisdom
Lifelong learning for the retired and nearly retired. If you have “been there, done that” and want to share your experience and lots of laughter, join us!
Women with Wisdom helps navigate the needs of a growing and dynamic demographic within CX — members 55+ — with relevant programming tailored to our age group. The purpose of this group is to develop a community of like-minded yet diverse women to share wisdom and expertise to encourage life-long learning. We focus on repurposing ourselves and our time, making the most of the next stage of life. CX members gather to hear and learn from life experiences of a different member each month. Join us as we present engaging topics and share resources in a casual, conversational setting.
Meet: at CX Downtown at 11:45 a.m. on the second Friday of the month
Facilitated by: Ruth Rider-Seck and Carol Getty
This group meets monthly over lunch to discuss designated books. All book lovers are welcome!
Meet: at CX South from noon – 1:15 p.m. on the third Friday of the month
Contact: Diane Browning at 913.315.9284 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Meet: at CX South from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. on the first Friday of the month
Contact: Melinda Bartling at 913.515.3250 or email@example.com
Business Incubator Group
Have you been searching for a safe, confidential, and nurturing environment to discuss your pressing business needs? Have you wondered how to connect with a group of professionals representing a diverse range of disciplines and experiences who are willing to provide their perspectives? Do you feel more comfortable speaking frankly about challenges, shortcomings, and seeking advice outside of your circle of peers?
The Business Incubator Group provides the space, interest, and opportunity for CX members to share ideas, challenges, and possibilities to better meet the needs of your business. Each month one CX member has the opportunity to bring their unique business challenge to the “hot seat” and receive focused feedback from fellow CX members.
If you are:
- Thinking of launching a new business
- Considering a new marketing strategy
- Adding a new product or service to your business
- Seeking assistance and perspective on a business challenge
- Want to join this dynamic and growing group invested in the success of CX members
Meet: at CX South from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the second Friday of the month
Facilitated by: Nibal Henderson and Amy Leslie
Contact: Nibal Henderson at NibalHenderson@gmail.com to request a hot seat spot
Great Decisions Discussion Group
The Great Decisions Discussion Group 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.
Meet: at CX South from noon – 1:15 p.m. on the second Friday of the month
Contact: Sandy Ackerson at 913.491.3278 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Because personal and professional growth and career success are dependent on the growth of one’s leadership skills, Leadership Forum exists to help women reach their 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.
Meet: at CX South from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. on the first Thursday of the month
Contact: Donna Craig at 913.599.4511 or email@example.com
Referral and Resource Breakfast
Each time this group gathers we intentionally look for ways to help one another. This is your opportunity to harness the power of great connections. Come ready to be a resource for others, find the help you need (personally and professionally), deepen existing relationships, and of course make new ones.
Meet: at CX South at 8:00 a.m. on the last Friday of the month
Contact: Dawn Crouch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Leadership Power
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.
Meet: at CX South from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. on the third Friday of the month
Contact: Donna Craig at 913.599.4511 or email@example.com
Toastmasters is the proven way to help you speak and lead. Toastmasters International, founded in 1924, is regarded as the leading organization dedicated to communication and leadership skill development. As a member, you will gain all the tools, resources, and support you need.
Join a community of learners, and at Toastmasters, we learn by doing. Whether you’re an executive or a stay-at-home parent, a college student or a retiree, you will improve yourself, building skills to express yourself in a variety of situations. You’ll open up a world of new possibilities: giving better work presentations, leading meetings – and participating in them – more confidently, speaking more smoothly off-the-cuff, and even handling one-on-one interactions with family, friends, and colleagues more positively.
Meet: at CX South at 8:30 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month
Women of the Northland
Does your heart (or 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, come and socialize with us!
Meet: at various Northland restaurants at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month
Contact: Andrea Kimball at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816.460.2427
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!
Meet: at area restaurants at 6:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month
Contact: Melinda Bartling at 913.515.3250 or email@example.com