Special Interest Groups (SIG)2019-06-12T19:03:50+00:00

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Join your fellow members in sharing ideas and expanding interests through one of our Special Interest Groups

Register for a SIG on our Program Calendar. CX Members and guests are welcome. 

Alternating South & Downtown
Varying locations


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: CX Downtown | last Friday of the month from 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Contact: Chris Becicka at 913.384.1020 or chris@projectexplore.org



ConnecX is Central Exchange’s very own “Second 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: CX South | second Friday of the month from 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Contact: Melinda Bartling at 913.515.3250 or melinda@melindabartling.com

Trends in Marketing

There are many things to consider when marketing your business, either as a solopreneur/entrepreneur, or established business. Are you in an effective marketing grove, or does your head spin when you hear the following: content marketing, social media marketing, mobile advertising, conversion rates and more! Join us as we offer presentations from subject matter experts, and meaningful round-table conversations on what is working best for each of us. Conversations will be open and confidential.
Meet: CX South | the third Tuesday of each month from 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Facilitated by: Mona Raglow & Robyn Stevens | msraglow@gmail.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: CX South | fourth Friday of the month from 8 am – 9:30 am
Contact: Sara Buffington, buffington.sara@principal.com, and Beth Jaworski, bmjaworski@gmail.com

Alternating South & Downtown

Your Boardroom

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?

Your Boardroom 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 “Seat of Honor” 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: Alternating CX South & CX Downtown | the first Tuesday of the month from 8 am – 9:15 am
Facilitated by: Mandy Shoemaker & Kelly Wurth
Contact: Mandy Shoemaker, mshoemaker@prairieeldercare.com; Kelly Wurth, kelly@iconiclistings.com

Leadership Drive

Leadership Drive is for anyone who wants to sharpen their leadership abilities. You may currently be a leader or manager within the workplace, a “High Potential” who will soon be a leader within their organization, or someone who is a continual learner and sees leadership as an important skill to have. So, whatever your learning goal is, you can benefit from this monthly discussion of relevant and timely business and personal leadership topics.

The format includes relevant leadership topics/stories and facilitated discussion. Participants may also bring real-life, real-time issues to the group for a confidential discussion and feedback.

In each of the Leadership Drive meetings, there is an opportunity for participants to learn from each other, provide encouragement and even accountability! Plus, you’ll leave with an action or two, so you can apply your learnings and grow as a leader.

Leadership Drive is facilitated by CX members Donna Craig and Kelly Byrnes, two experienced leaders who have held executive leadership and management roles in a variety of organizations.

Check out their LinkedIn profiles to learn more about them: Donna Craig Kelly Byrnes

Meet: Alternating CX South & CX Downtown | first Tuesday of the month from 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Contact: Kelly Byrnes at kellyb@voyagecg.com

women in sales

Women in Sales

This community was created to serve women in business, in all different role, industries and experience levels.

The idea came from a simple cup of coffee with our founder, Ryann Dowdy, and our biggest supporter that gave us the launch pad for this community, Mike Poledna. Mike is the President of SalesLab, a sales consulting company and also the founder of KCSaaS, a community for SaaS professionals to connect, learn and grow from one another. Ryann’s passion of helping women and love of the sales profession paired with Mike’s knowledge of building communities bring us to this point!

We’re thrilled to create a community that supports women, helps women learn from one another, and hopefully, encourages women to join us in the ranks of sales professionals

Meet: Every other month on the third Tuesday from 11:45 am – 1:00 pm. | Alternating Downtown & South

Contact: Ryann Dowdy at ryann@livelifeuncensored.com

Varying Locations

Home and Garden Hospitality

Whether you need to host a fund-raising gala or woo that special hire, the ability to warmly welcome others into your space with aplomb is critical to business and personal success. Learn how to be that special friend or colleague who exudes hospitality in the home, at a business luncheon, or a networking event. This special interest group replaces and expands the mission of Total Yard Gardeners to help all CX members develop their personal hospitality strengths and styles. Guest speakers and panels will encourage CX members to embrace the role of host, both at home and at business and social events. The special interest group will tackle worries like “My house isn’t nice enough,” or “I’m not a good cook,” or “I could never pull that off.” We’ll practice what we preach too, by continuing the tradition of Summer Garden Parties as Summer Hospitality Parties for CX members. Come expand your hospitality horizons.

Meet: Downtown the third Thursday of alternating months beginning in January, plus other times and locations as announced
Contact: Phyllis Carlyle at pjmcarlyle@gmail.com

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 | second Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm
Contact: Melinda Bartling at 913.515.3250 or melinda@melindbartling.com

Register for a SIG on our Program Calendar. CX Members and guests are welcome.