Our Events

7x7x7 Lincoln

This high-level and dynamic forum, led by 7 leaders 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.

Within this 7x7x7 concept, you will hear from 7 local leaders speaking for 7 minutes each on a topic they hold an informed and inspired position. It is both educational and enlightening, with a goal to spark new thinking and provocative dynamic conversation on 7 unique topics relevant to business leadership. Attendees will then break into networking in circle conversations over drinks and appetizers to engage in interactive dialogue on content presented in smaller groups.

An informal gathering with a formal agenda, the ‘7x7x7’ format takes 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 in Lincoln. Learn something new and connect over discussion on contemporary leadership topics.

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

Check out all past 7x7x7 presentation videos here! 


Unfortunately, due to current safety and social distrancing measures limiting large gatherings – the Lincoln 7x7x7 previously slated for June 17, 2020 has been cancelled. We look forward to our next successful and inspiring Lincoln 7x7x7 leadership event together in 2021. A date will be determined and announced here. Thank you for your understanding. The Omaha 7x7x7 event is still currently planned for October 28.  

$320/group of 10


Nebraska Innovation Campus
Banquet Hall & Spreetail Offices
2021 Transformation Dr.
Lincoln, NE 68508


4-4:15 p.m.            Check-In & Networking
4:15-5:45 p.m.       7 Speaker Presentations
5:45-6:45  p.m.     Circle Conversations over Drinks & Appetizers

Please note, we do not offer refunds for our events. If you find you can no longer attend, please offer your registration to a colleague or friend to attend in your place. Their name & e-mail can be sent to ican@icanglobal.net

Past Lincoln 7x7x7 speakers include:
Watch each of their 7 minute presentations here!


Tony Goins
Chief Business Optimizer, The Business Optimizer & Partners LLC
Topic: Leadership Lessons from Mount Kilimanjaro

Miki Esposito
Director of Transportation and Utilities, City of Lincoln
Topic: Meet George Jetson – The Future of Transportation

Bryan Seck
Director of Workforce Development, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development
Developer of the Prosper Lincoln Employment Skills Initiative
Topic: Build community. In 7 Steps.

Kim Robak
Partner, Mueller Robak LLC
Former Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
Topic: Role Models

Dr. Steve Joel
Superintendent, Lincoln Public Schools
Topic: Pivot Points and the Legacy of Leadership

Courtney Rodgers
VP of Product Management, Hudl
Topic: Things I’ve Learned About Saying Yes and No

Britt Ehlers 
Vice President of Development / General Counsel, Arbor Day Foundation
Topic: The Time for Trees


Kimberly Goins
Executive Director, Malone Community Center
Topic: Lincoln – A Tale of Two Cities

Tom Casady
Public Safety Director – City of Lincoln
Former Chief of Police
Topic: Save a Life in 60 Seconds

AshLea Allberry 
Chief Operating Officer, Nanonation, Inc.
Co-Founder, RISE Lincoln & 100s of Women Who Care Lincoln
Topic: Age of Execution | Working with Young Executives

Debbie Hamlett
Assistant General Manager, NET – Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations
Topic: Sweaters, Sneakers and Leadership – Lead Like Mister Rogers

Kush Abdulloev
People and Culture, Spreetail
Topic: Creating the Future We Dream About

Jennifer Knecht
Vice President Marketing & Communications, Immanuel Communities
Topic: Redefining Age

Jay Wilkinson
Founder, Firespring
Topic: A Tale of Girls, Gifts and Guilt


Courtney Phillips
CEO, Department of Health and Human Services State of Nebraska
Topic – Helping People Live Better Lives

Jeff Noordhoek
Chief Executive Officer, Nelnet
Topic – The Meaning of Life

Ann Finkner
Chief Administrative Officer, Farm Credit Services of America
Topic – Culture: What It Is and Why Is It Important

Angela Garbacz
Owner & Creative Director, Goldenrod Pastries
Topic – You Are Loved: How Sweets Impact Our World

Tim Clare
Rembolt Ludtke – Partner  /  University of Nebraska – Regent
West Haymarket Joint Public Agency – Vice Chair
Topic – The 100-0 Principle: A Recipe for a True and Successful Partnership

Ann Hunter-Pirtle
Executive Director, Stand For Schools
Topic – The Value of Public Education to Business

Susan Henricks
President & CEO
Topic – My Journey to Authentic Leadership

Alice Dittman
Cornhusker Bank
Former CEO
Topic: Empowering Women through Micro Loans

Katie Zulkoski
Lawyer & Lobbyist, Zulkoski Weber
Topic: #OwnIt

Beatty Brasch
Executive Director, Center for People in Need
Topic: Working and Lifting Women out of Poverty

Michelle Suarez
Former Principal, Everett Elementary School
Topic: Everett’s Effort Story

Deb Weber
Executive Director, Lincoln Arts Council
Topic: Power of the Arts to Change the Lives of Women in our Community

Pam Dingman
County Engineer, Lancaster County
Topic: Not Interested in Waiting

Marsha Lommel
Former President & CEO, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
Topic: The Neuroscience of Charismatic Leadership