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Part of ICAN’s annual Leadership Exchange Events Series. 4 events to attend. 4 national experts with knowledge to share. 4 on-trend topics of interest for leaders of any kind.

Angie McArthur presenting at our final Speaker Series of 2016 on December 7

The ICAN Speaker Series features expert presenter and leadership dialogue-based events 4 times per year as an opportunity to build a community of inspired leaders – creating a valuable network of relationships based on a common interest of accelerating leadership capability, life goals, business success, and powerful conversations.

These events are held to bring together the entire business community – large and small – around top-of-mind business leadership topics, enhanced learning, and varied leader development content in accessible, experiential and beneficial formats. Each event features the presentation of engaging, interactive and thought-provoking content to a range of 200-300+ leaders who gain connection through experiential learning and knowledge acquisition. Attendees will leave prepared to launch meaningful and informed conversations back at the workplace and in the community.



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January 26 – Keeping it Real: The what, why and how of Authentic Leadership  /  Jason Lauritsen & Joe Gerstandt
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Co-Authors of upcoming book on authenticity “Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships”
3-5 p.m.
Scottish Rite Masonic Center – Downtown Omaha

In this hyper-connected, global, short attention span world we live in today, finding success in leading other people requires a different approach. Individualization is the dominant trend of the day. People want everything customized to their individual needs and preferences, including their leader. Being a good leader is hard work. It is impossible to be all things to everyone, so what can you do? The answer begins with authenticity. The most successful leaders cultivate their own style that is rooted in who they are and what they believe. Authentic leaders are comfortable in their own skin so they can embrace others as they are and then inspire them to be exceptional in their own way. The ability to show up authentically is truly a super power – Jason & Joe will ignite that power in you through a four step authenticity journey of Self-Awareness, Self-Acceptance, Integrity & Daring.

Future 2017 Dates:
Registration to open April 3

June 1 – Attitude of a Champion Leader with Aaron Davis
November 8 – Leading with a Defined Philosophy with Jon Mertz

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December 7 – Collaborative Intelligence  /  Angie McArthur

CEO of Professional Thinking Partners
Author of “Collaborative Intelligence: Thinking with People Who Think Differently”
3-5:30 p.m.
Noah’s Event Venue
17121 Marcy St, Omaha, NE 68118

Many of us are stuck in our own counterproductive thinking habits, and we need to learn how to most effectively focus, sort information, and open our attention to trigger “Aha!” moments. To collaborate with others, you must first understand how your own brain processes information—how you respond to input, naturally approach challenges, frame questions and become inspired. Based on 50 years of original research and revealing case studies, the COLLABORATIVE INTELLIGENCE workshop examines our ability to think and problem solve with others, and reveals strategies, various breakthrough practices and unique tools to unleash full collaborative potential. 

May 25 – Stretch Into Your Future / Tara Jaye Frank

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VP of Multicultural Strategy at Hallmark
3-5 p.m.
Embassy Suites La Vista
12520 Westport Parkway

A sought-after thought leader and writer on cultural intelligence, speaker Tara Jaye Frank is VP of Multicultural Strategy at Hallmark, and author of “Say Yes: a woman’s guide to advancing her professional purpose,” a practical guide to crafting a career leaders can believe in and achieve. The topic Stretch into Your Future will provide a fresh perspective for anyone looking to up their professional game, with a discussion on how people get promoted by demonstrating their potential to do more and taking on various stretch assignments. This usually happens when they go above and beyond, in the form of a special project, leadership of a resource group, participation on an internal team, or just additional responsibilities.

September 12 – Radical Resiliency: Transforming in Changing Times  / Eileen McDargh

Consultant & Speaker
Author of “Your Resiliency GPS”
3-5 p.m.
Location: Noah’s Event Venue

How can professionals cope with change while staying focused on their jobs and organization goals? The answer is Resiliency – the ability to find the inner strength to grow through a set-back, challenge or opportunity. Resiliency is NOT about “bouncing back.” It is about growing through. Resilient organizations innovate and out-think the competition; Resilient leaders keep the best and brightest talent; Resilient living affords a life by design and not default; Resilient relationships offer harmony and authenticity. This session will help you identify issues related to change, organizational and personal barriers and bridges to change, and how to create effective transitions.

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Joe Gerstandt is the sage consultant. He’s a middle-aged white guy who is a national thought-leader on issues of diversity and inclusion — need we say more? He brings a unique and powerful perspective to everything he does. The core of Joe’s work is to help organizations solve issues of diversity, culture and innovation through consulting, training and speaking. Listening to Joe speak, you will hear tales of his days as a U.S. Marine and Gulf War veteran blended with his experience in sales, education, and community-building. To say that Joe is intense and passionate about his work would be an understatement. He is one part professor, one part philosopher and one part “not quite right.” Be prepared.

Jason Lauritsen is the reformed corporate guy. For nearly a decade, he spent his days in the belly of the beast as a corporate Human Resources leader where he drove change from the inside. Today, he leads the Client Success Team for Quantum Workplace. A born innovator, Jason has been making change happen since his grade school years. Classically impatient, curious and well-groomed, Jason’s early career was a rapid progression of sales and management roles including launching, leading and ultimately selling a small business in his mid-twenties. He’s a leader, sales guy, entrepreneur and corporate executive — all rolled up in one.

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As Founder and CEO of TJF Career Modeling LLC, Tara Jaye Frank helps leaders, groups, and companies define their vision and develop strategies to advance their culture and leadership goals. Tara also works part-time at Hallmark Cards, Inc., where she holds the newly identified role of Corporate Culture Advisor, reporting to the President. In this position, she collaborates with executives to strengthen the corporate culture and enable Hallmark’s long-term success. Prior to her current position, Tara chartered and led Hallmark’s Multicultural Center of Excellence, whose work inspired a more holistic approach to leveraging culture as an innovative path to relevance. Tara was first hired by Hallmark as a greeting card writer in 1996. At the time of her promotion to executive management a decade later, she became Hallmark’s first Black female VP, and the youngest person to rise into senior leadership in Hallmark’s history. A sought-after thought leader and writer on cultural intelligence, Tara has been featured in Diversity Woman Magazine, Racing Toward Diversity Magazine, Uptown Professional, PGA Magazine, MediaPost, and is frequently republished in expert leadership blogs. She has spoken across the country on a variety of topics including vision, inclusion as a business driver, emotional intelligence, and advancing women. She has also functioned as a knowledge partner and experience design consultant for Working Mother Media and the Network of Executive Women. Tara has dedicated more than a decade of her career to helping leaders reach their own professional high grounds. Her first leadership book, Say Yes: A Woman’s Guide to Advancing Her Professional Purpose, was written as a practical guide to crafting a career leaders can believe in and achieve.

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Since starting her consultancy practice in 1980, Eileen McDargh – Chief Energy Officer, The Resiliency Group – has become known as a master facilitator, an award- winning author of six books, and an internationally recognized keynoter and executive coach. She draws upon practical business know-how, life’s experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions. Her programs are content rich, interactive, provocative and playful—even downright hilarious.

Executive Excellence magazine continually ranked her as one of the top 50 thought leaders in self-leadership development. Global Gurus International, a British-based provider of resources for leadership, communication and sales training, also ranked her 7th of the World’s Top 30 COMMUNICATION Gurus following a global survey of 22,000 business professionals.

She is the author of six books, including her latest Your Resiliency GPS,  A Guide for Growing Through Life & Work.    Her book, Gifts from the Mountain, won the Ben Franklin Gold Award. She also produced an award-winning training film based on that book.  Eileen writes articles for a curated web site as part of their “League of Extraordinary Thinkers.”

Eileen is a certified speaking professional (CSP) and her election into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame places her among the top 3% of speakers in the United States. She’s listed as a recommended expert through the Sloan Work and Family Research Network now headquartered at University of PA.

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Angie McArthur is Professional Thinking Partner’s acting CEO. She has been an integral part of PTP since 1998, co-facilitating and designing global conferences, leadership retreats, training programs, and ongoing one-on-one Thinking Partnerships in organizations from non-profits to Fortune 500s. She is also one of the creators of the Worldwide Women’s Web, a network formed in 2001 to retain women in corporate leadership roles. As an expert in perceptual learning patterns, she has developed communication strategies for authors, corporations and CEO’s, and the Executive Champions Workshop. She has also designed interactive web assessments and products for corporate training programs. Angie has recently co-authored two books for Random House with Dawna Markova, Collaborative Intelligence (pub date August 11 2015) and Relational Intelligence (to follow). Additionally she has worked extensively with youth as part of PTP’s sister company SmartWired, developing materials, interactive websites, and delivering programs around the world in multiple languages to help children and the adults who support them bring out their best. Angie received her B.A. in Communication Theory from McGill University, and has a passion for adapting emerging technology to maximize communication effectiveness and synergy. Her clients include Women Moving Millions, Bolthouse Farms, PepsiCo, Royal Dutch Shell, Xerox, Chrysler, Green Mountain Energy Resources, the Institute for Storytelling, Kimball Arts Center, SEED (Schlumberger Excellence in Education) and the Society for Organizational Learning.

Angie McArthur works with facilitators and corporations across the country using a process of interactive visual facilitation. Visual Facilitation is a type of graphic representation which creates a visual synthesis for understanding the themes and ideas being presented at a conference or meeting to generate creative dialogue and imaginative thinking. As companies move into international environments this unique form of graphic representation helps people better grasp key concept ideas.