Compassionate Leadership

By Mary Prefontaine 2015 Women’s Leadership Conference Breakout Session Speaker ICAN Program Leader Season Greetings from Vancouver! Since leaving my post as ICAN’s CEO last May, I have taken a breath or two, stretched myself, and discovered new things – both on my yoga mat and in my life.  One discovery that has captured my attention is the scientific research between neurology and compassion – how through meditation and mindfulness we can transform our brains, our business and our world.
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ICAN Faculty Working in East Africa

By Marty Malley Shrinking Borders, ICAN Program Leader In October, two of our faculty members conducted a first of its kind leadership development event in Tanzania.  This began as a concept exploration in 2011, was advanced by Mary Prefontaine (ICAN’s former CEO) and Marty Malley (DLM faculty), and culminated in a 2-day event led by Dawn Gelderloos (DLM faculty) and myself.
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The Five People You Must Have in Your Network

By Jo Miller 2014 ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference Breakout Session Speaker An emerging leader asks: “As a program manager, I rely on heavily influencing without authority to get my job done. As part of my development plan, my manager suggested that I expand my network among our internal business partners so that I can be more influential. However, I don’t want to be seen spending too much time unnecessarily schmoozing. Where should I start?”
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Women Economists Finally Get Their Just Due

By Dr. Sherry Cooper 2014 ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker First thing next month, Janet Yellen will become the first woman to Chair the Federal Reserve Board—arguably, the most important economic policy job in the world. While a breakthrough on many fronts, this is particularly noteworthy because of the appalling representation of women in economics. Janet Yellen was awarded her doctorate from Yale University in 1971. At that time, women received only 8% of all doctorates in economics (out of roughly 800 in total). When I received mine in 1978, the percentage had risen to about 10%. While those
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Interview Wisely!

By Amy Dorn Kopelan 2014 ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference Breakout Session Speaker Executive Producer, Bedlam Productions Inc. www.bedlamproductionsinc.com How many people confide in a friend before an interview that they have butterflies in their stomach? Almost everyone you know? You probably understand just what they’re feeling because you’ve had the same experience.
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ICAN: Choose Happiness

Video Blog By Stacey Flowers 2014 ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference Breakout Session Speaker Hello ICAN Friends, Happiness is a choice. Happiness is not really an emotion. To be happy is to choose to show up with joy, competence, and fearlessness. So often in life these days we think that Happiness is hard or that Happiness only feels good when, well someone or something makes you happy.
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Is Happiness An Advantage?

By Shawn Achor 2014 ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker Are people happy because they are successful, or the other way around? You answer that question every time your brain says, “I’ll be happy when this project is finished.” “I’ll be happy when I find a job.” “I’ll be happy when I can retire.” The formula is clear: work harder, then you’ll be successful, then you’ll be happier.
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Be Happy and Lead On :)

By, Mary Prefontaine ICAN President & CEO “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” Steve Jobs At ICAN we believe what you do in life and leadership is key to your happiness. And since what we do every day is steeped
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Sleep: A Competitive Advantage

By, Mary Prefontaine ICAN President & CEO As a leader, I have become an evangelist about healthy sleep and how it affects the bottom line of my business. I am exploring how consistent healthy sleep correlates to not only my overall well being, but also the health and productivity of my employees. Could a well rested, “eight hours a night” employee be the new competitive advantage?
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Thoughts of 20 Years

By Fran Root ICAN Founder I was Co-Founder of the first Women’s Leadership Conference and thought this might last about 6 years. Look what happened. Wow! What a Conference. Each year the Conference grows and is bigger and better than ever. When we started this 20 years ago we had no idea how magical it would become. The first year I think we had 600 women and thought that was terrific. Today there are more than 2,000 women. The first couple of years we had some music and little stage presentation. Today it rocks all the way through. The globe
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