The Brain Exchange
The Brain Exchange
20th Anniversary, August 1995- August 2015
San Francisco Bay Area Women's Brain Exchange


Ready to create the magic of a Brain Exchange and meet extraordinary women in your city? Contact Anita. I'll do my best to put you in touch with like-minded women in your area.

Northern California

SF East Bay - The original Brain Exchange

Starting in 2014, attendance at the El Cerrito meeting is by invitation -- through Eventbrite -- and limited to 26 attendees. Any member can sign herself + a guest up for a meeting. When that limit is reached, Eventbrite automatically maintains a wait list and adds those names when a member cancels. 

The reason for this change stems from our desire to maintain the feeling of community -- and having past attendees along with new people seems to meet that need.

(As always, Anita and Susan will be happy to share what they know about creating and sustaining a Brain Exchange.)

Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz Brainstorm Circle (SCBC)
The Santa Cruz Brainstorm Circle (SCBC) is on hiatus through 2018. If you would like to attend a future meeting, please email


Southern California


The West Los Angeles group is on hiatus. If you would like to play an active part in its renewal, please contact BJ at

NOT affiliated with The Brain Exchange:

Inland Empire (Riverside & San Bernardino Counties) group. They charge for meetings and follow a different format.


New Hampshire

Hanover, NH

Upper Valley Brain Exchange
Susan Simon
All female group. New members always welcome.
Meets in Hanover, NH the second Thursday of every month. (Formerly in Lebanon, NH)
Time: Come early to socialize at 6:30, if you like, and the meeting will begin at 7:00 (til 9:00).



San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The San Miguel Brain Exchange met from 2005 to 2011, and then took a break, but we are back, since 2015!!

We meet the second Wednesday of every month from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, at the Lifepath Center: Rinconada de la Aldea #29. (Enter the Aldea Arch on Zacheteros and you will see the walkway on your right.) We ask for $50 pesos to cover the room rental.

We do not meet in February (because of conflicts with the Writers’ Conference), April, or May.

All women are welcome. No reservation needed. We are English-speaking women from both the Mexican and foreign communities. Don’t wait until you have a problem to solve. Come to network, meet new friends, and connect with other creative women. We grow by word-of-mouth, so we always welcome newcomers, whether residents or visitors to San Miguel.

We have brainstormed a wide variety of topics such as I need a book title, how should I manage my difficult grandson, where can I take people in Mexico City, how can I persuade my husband to move here, how can I market my unusual business, and many more! It’s great fun and very productive.

If you have questions, contact Sarah Powers: