January 21, 2016


Omaha, Neb.—Jan. 21, 2016—In the spirit of the ICAN mission to inspire business leaders to transform the organizations they serve, the 23rd Annual ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference will offer more than 2,400 business women and men a day to capitalize on transformations in their own workplaces, businesses and the communities.

ICAN’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference – held for more than 20 years in Omaha – is known to be powerful, insightful and authentic, representative of the leadership trends and transformations present in business leadership today. In 2015, ICAN hosted 2,350 leaders from 24 states and is ready for an even more powerful day in 2016.

The ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference will be held April 6, 2016, presenting the theme: SHIFT: Capitalizing on Transformation. Those attending the conference will explore how women in the United States have transformed the workplace, and the impact this transformation has had in business, philanthropy and education. ICAN will also offer insight into how leaders can capitalize on these transformations and are poised to make even greater personal and professional transformations in the future.

“Women represent 58 percent of the workforce, entering a wide range of careers and deepening their work experience,” shares Susan Henricks, ICAN president & CEO. “We will celebrate this monumental SHIFT – and explore the transformations we believe still need to happen in our modern workplace. It will be a day full of powerful presentations, sharing of ideas, meaningful connections and new experiences.”

This year’s speaker line-up features nationally recognized voices that are leading the way in transforming conversations and will inspire attendees to apply the idea of transformation into their personal and professional careers.

Main Stage Keynote Speakers

  • Amy Cuddy, Associate Professor, Harvard Business School, and author of Presence: Bring Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, also well-known for her TED Talk, Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
  • Curt Steinhorst, The Center for Generational Kinetics
  • Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO, Girls Who Code
  • Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley

Continuing the Conversation Keynote Speakers:

  • Steve Pemberton, Chief Diversity Officer, Walgreens, Boots Alliance
  • Lori Mackenzie, Executive Director, Stanford University Clayman Institute for Gender Research
  • Anne Loehr, Generational Guru & Author
  • Lori Gee, Director Workplace Solutions, Herman Miller

Attendees will explore TRANSFORMATION through:

  • The lens of women in the workforce
  • The eyes of the four generations
  • Shared personal stories of transformation
  • Transforming presence to become bolder and tackle challenges
  • Visions for how to close the gender gap in technology and engineering
  • Transformational attitudes in terms of expecting and strategizing to win

New to the Women’s Leadership Conference in 2016 is the ICAN Leadership Award, sponsored by Kiewit. This award will honor a woman or man who has taken necessary steps to redefine leadership in his or her organization and community through collaboration, compassion, confidence and creativity – the 4 Cs. The award was created in 2015 after careful research and over 30 years of working with leaders from across the globe. ICAN and Kiewit believe that current leaders, and those of the future, need to possess the skills of the 4 Cs in order to successfully lead their organizations and communities in and ever-changing and complex global economy. Nominations are now being accepted online through Feb. 12, 2016.

The conference will be held at the CenturyLink Center (455 N. 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68102) on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 a.m. for registration, exhibit viewing and a light breakfast. Registration is now open – for full event details and a current listing of our conference partners, please visit our conference page at icanglobal.net. 


Allison Schorr
Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications

Kristin Webb
Brand & Communications Manager
Emspace Group

About ICAN:
For 35 years, ICAN (Institute for Career Advancement Needs) has been developing whole-life, authentic leaders who are prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow and create limitless possibility for themselves and their organizations. Whether working with individuals or teams, ICAN inspires bold thinking, accelerates innovation, expands capacity and builds leadership networks that transform and define the future of business. The ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference brings together more than 2,400 visionary business leaders to ignite a new conversation in our community and beyond through a day of inspirational keynotes, educational sessions and powerful connections. For more information, visit icanglobal.net or call 402-392-0746.