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7x7x7 – Mega Mind Meet Up

This high-level and dynamic forum, led by a committed group of local business leaders and 7 speakers with unique and exciting passions and ideas, builds a network of valuable connections and accelerates community dialogue on 7 different topics relevant to challenges and opportunities facing business leaders today. Hosted in partnership with the Creighton University Heider College of Business.

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Each year, ICAN hosts a Fall Men’s Meet Up forum as part of our Leadership Exchange Events Series on contemporary and newsworthy business leadership topics.

The Men’s Mega Mind Meet Up – to be held on October 13 – brings together Omaha’s male business leaders for an event featuring local leaders and experts with unique and exciting passions and ideas. Learn something new and connect over drinks and discussion on contemporary leadership topics. Both men & women are welcome to attend – just as men are welcome at our annual Women’s Leadership Conference in the Spring.

The 2016 format will again be a ‘7x7x7’ taking its origins from public intellectual dialogue forums – where people gather for high-level conversations on topics varying from science, philosophy, humanities, health, business, politics, and in this case, centered around business & community leadership. The event features 7 speakers speaking for 7 minutes each on 7 unique topics. It is both educational and enlightening, with a goal to spark new thinking and dynamic conversation on 7 unique topics. Attendees will then break into circle conversations over drinks & appetizers to engage in interactive dialogue on content presented in smaller groups.

Learn more about the ICAN 7x7x7 Event experience by watching this video.

Check out all the 7x7x7 presentation videos here! 


Thursday, October 13, 2016  | 4 – 7 p.m.


$37 [Small Business / Non-Profit Rate – 25 employees or less]


Creighton University Heider College of Business
Harper Center 4th Floor Ballroom
602 N 20th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Click here for a PARKING map.


4-4:15 p.m.            Check-In & Networking
4:15-6 p.m.             7 Speaker Presentations
6-7  p.m.                 Circle Conversations over Drinks & Appetizers

2016’s 7  SPEAKERS

Tim Burke
Omaha Public Power District
Topic: Intentional Leadership through Transformation

Kenny McMorris
Charles Drew Health Center
Topic: Improving Population Health: Adding Health to Healthcare

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Dinesen
55th Security Forces Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base
Topic: Contemporary Leadership in a Modern Military Organization

Michael Alley 
Alley Poyner Maccchietto Architecture
Topic: Cultivating a Creative Culture on the Island of Misfit Toys

Senator Heath Mello
Nebraska State Legislature
Topic: Consensus-Building in Challenging Times

Jay Noddle
President & CEO
Noddle Companies

Mark Hasebroock 
Dundee Venture Capital
Topic: Technology, Relationships and Fate

Closing Note to be provided by:

Todd Darnold, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Leadership Programs
Creighton University Heider College of Business



CSG International
Mutual of Omaha
Omaha Public Power District

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Check out the highlight reel from our 2015 7x7x7 Event!

Past speakers include:
Watch each of their 7 minute presentations here!

Clark Lauritzen
First National Bank
Executive Vice President
Topic: Know Thyself – Leading as Who You Are

Tom Warren
President / CEO
Urban League of Nebraska
Former Chief, Omaha Police Department
Topic: Leadership and Civic Engagment

Jason Lauritsen
Director, Best Places to Work
Quantum Workplace
Topic: “I Was Wrong” and Other Things Great Leaders Say

David Arnold
Managing Director
Straight Shot
Topic: The Passion for Distinction – Life Hacks for Advancing Your Career

Dr. Bradley Britigan
Dean, College of Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Topic: Building the Future Health Care of Nebraska

Dan Houghton
Co-Founder & EVP
BuilderTREND Solutions
Topic: Building and Leading a Winning Team

Van Deeb
Motivational Speaker & Author
Omaha Planning Board, Founder, DEEB Realty
Topic: The Choices we Make as Leaders

Steve Grandfield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
Topic: Agile Business and Leadership

Willy Theisen
Restaurateur & Entrepreneur
Omaha Business Hall of Famer
Topic: Trust & Ethics in Client Awareness and Appreciation

Phil Haussler
Quantum Workplace
Director of Product
Topic: The Power of Storytelling in Leadership

Willie Barney
Empowerment Network
Omaha 360
Topic: Collaborative Leadership with Measureable Results

Mark Evans
Omaha Public Schools
Topic: Leadership in Challenging Times

Stuart Chittenden
David Day Associates
Chief Curiousity Officer
Founder of Squishtalks
Topic: The Art of Conversation and Empathetic Leadership
Dave Nelson
Founder and Creative Director
Topic: The Tiny Decisions that Make the Biggest Impact on Business, Employees and Life