Sustaining a Dream Come True

By Rachel Jacobson 2013 ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference Panelist I am so lucky to be doing what I’m doing. I’m the Executive Director of a two-screen nonprofit cinema, Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater, in my hometown of Omaha and it’s quite literally my dream job. I had the idea to open such a theater when I was a senior in college and at the time I imagined that it would be all about choosing good films to show. Well… there’s so much more to running a nonprofit art house – from board development to fundraising to event planning. I spend
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Men and Women: Leveraging Our Differences

By Caroline Turner 2013 ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference Breakout Speaker More and more, studies demonstrate the connection between gender diversity in the upper ranks of business – and higher returns. What is it about having both men and women in leadership that helps the bottom line? Do men and women lead differently? Is the combination a good thing?
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Using Personal Stories to Ignite Your Business

By Judy Carter 2013 ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference Mainstage and Breakout Speaker Do you have a secret stash of dinner party stories, or stories you tell friends in a bar, or to entertain a date? I’m talking about those stories that you know inside and out; the really good ones that people beg you to tell over and over. And, after you pretend to NOT want to — you turn a tale loose and leave people laughing, crying or sitting in amazement.
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The Power of Connections

           By Karen Baldwin and Laura Roccaforte 2013 ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference Breakout Speakers and ICAN Program Leaders   The future of the world depends on honoring the uniqueness of each individual and the emergence of the collective. Our world today needs people who are more oriented to building relationships and communities and less to separateness and competition. And, all of the issues we face as a global community require cooperation, collaboration and the ability to connect.
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The Spark That Ignites Us All: Embracing Our Connectedness

By Dr. Tererai Trent 2013 ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker Our common humanity and responsibility to each other is what ignites us as it flows from our ability to connect, learn and inspire — it is at the core of our humanity. One of the sayings in southern Africa is “Ubuntu”, a saying that speaks to the essence of being human. It reminds us that we are not just individuals — we are a web of connections and it’s how we embrace our interconnectedness that makes the difference to our wellbeing and success. While self-discipline plays a critical role
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Greyhounds and Great Expectations

By Dalia Mogahed 2013 ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker When I was in 5th grade my teachers selected me to represent my school on a Rotary Club sponsored trip to the nation’s capitol. I was extremely honored to have been chosen from among my peers and especially grateful because it made my parents proud. They were so delighted, in fact, they actually allowed me — a ten-year-old who had never been permitted to sleep outside my house — to go on the week-long Greyhound bus trip from Madison, WI to Washington, DC. Still they were understandably scared and so
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Wishing You Life In The Slow Lane

by Mary Prefontaine Leading up to the holidays I moved both mentally and physically into the fast lane as if I was driving a Maserati on the Autobahn. On the outside, I attempted to present my best Buddha self, when on the inside, I felt like a woman on steroids, three gins in and behaving as if her hair was on fire.
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Lessons In Success For A Young Woman

IGNITION Introduction by Mary Prefontaine I want to share with you why we chose the theme “IGNITION” for ICAN 2013 Women’s Leadership Conference.  On April 3  we will celebrate a twenty year legacy of gathering women together to have a conversation to create and bring forth new learning, inspiration and connection.
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