Breakout Session Keynotes

ICAN’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference – held for over 20 years in Omaha, Nebraska – is known to be powerful, insightful and authentic, representative of the leadership trends and transformations present in today’s workplace.
Join us on April 19, 2017 for W/L – The Work Life Challenge. These speakers will explore a new workplace paradigm and deliver their own unique perspectives on our challenge to employees, employers and individuals to lead in work and life with purpose, balance, intention and joy.

2017 Breakout Session Keynote Speakers

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All speakers below will present during both the Morning and Afternoon Breakout Sessions.

Deloitte Consulting LLP
Vice Chairman and Managing Principal

KEYNOTE/  (Corporate) Lattice Living

Scaling the corporate ladder has been the gold standard for professional success since the industrial revolution, but we’ve long since traded in rivets for the digits of today’s tech-fueled economy.  Today’s reality presents a multiplicity of ways to get ahead—along with customized definitions of what ‘get ahead’ means to each of us. In this session you’ll learn how to apply the principles of option value to maximize your effectiveness as CEO of your career.

Best Selling Author, Master Coach & Millennial Expert

KEYNOTE/ Leveraging Expectation Hangovers in Work & Daily Life

We all face setbacks we can’t control, yet we often forget we have a choice about how to handle those setbacks. The Expectation Hangovers we feel in the wake of disappointment, failure, or loss are actually opportunities if we know how to leverage them. Managing expectations of yourself and of others is not about lowering your standards. Master coach and speaker Christine Hassler will explain how to pursue the right goals for the right reasons and also what to do when things don’t work out as expected.  She will also discuss dealing with multiple generations in the workplace, especially when it comes to hiring and managing Millennials.

Christine speaks to leaders at all levels – because we all lead in our life whether it’s an entire organization, one person, or in our family. Her interactive style will leave you motivated with tools to implement to not only be more effective leaders, but live more fulfilling lives. You will discover:

  • How to avoid “expectation hangovers” in the workforce and at home
  • Strategies for leveraging change and transforming adversity into opportunity
  • Tools to identify and cultivate your own and others leadership potential
  • Mindfulness practices that increase both productivity and well-being
  • Three ways to immediately raise your fulfillment level and life balance
  • The factors which drive generational change
  • Specific strategies for communicating and leading within and between the generations (Millennials, X’ers and Boomers) to create an exceptional workplace culture
  • Tools for encouraging leadership and resolving conflicts (especially generational misunderstandings) within your organization


Flynn Heath Holt Leadership

KEYNOTE/ Break Your Own Rules: How to Change the Patterns of Thinking that Block Women’s Path to Power

Women hold just 11 percent of the most senior-level leadership positions in U.S. Corporations—a number that hasn’t changed in over 30 years. How can women break through? Kathryn Heath will deliver a workshop that distills the six faulty assumptions (or “rules”) most women follow that get in the way – and then delivers the correlating new rules that promise to clear that path. The goal behind this workshop, as with her book, is to provide a tool to move more women at their mid-career to achieve that elusive next level of leadership, and to see women make up at least 30 percent of the top leadership positions in Corporate America within the next ten years.

Better Life Lab and The Good Life Initiative at New America Director
Author & Journalist

KEYNOTE/ From Time Confetti Toward Time Serenity: Finding Time for Work, Love and Play

The Harvard psychologist Erik Erikson said the richest and fullest lives make time for the three great arenas of life: Work. Love. And Play. Today, many of us are caught up in a swirl of Overwhelm: Americans work among the longest hours of any advanced economy. We value busyness as a badge of honor, are still shaped by the power of outdated traditional gender roles, and see leisure time as silly and unproductive. But is all that time and attention we’re pouring into work really ensuring the best and most innovative work? Much less a rich, fair, healthy and full life? Brigid lays out the case for why Americans are the most anxious and overwhelmed people on earth, what that’s costing us as individuals, families, communities, as businesses and economically, and, more importantly, what we can do about it, and why play and leisure time is essential for our health and is the wellspring of creativity and innovation. Drawing on her extensive research for her book and in her role as director of The Better Life Lab at New America, Brigid uses stories and data to show Bright Spots where things are already shifting, and shares personal mastery skills to make time feel less scattered, and life more authentic, with time for effective, meaningful work, for love, and for play.