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Women’s Leadership Conference

ICAN’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference – held for over 25 years in Omaha, Nebraska – is known to be powerful, insightful and authentic, representative of the leadership trends and transformations present in today’s workplace. Our 27th Annual ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference on August 19, 2020 – to be held virtually – will feature a conversation on embracing the ensemble. Inspiring leaders to elevate their team’s performance..  To learn more about the virtual event, speakers, agenda visit our conference site here.

Nearly 3,000 women and men from all over the United States, and increasingly the world, meet in Omaha, Nebraska each year for education, inspiration, and networking. Our conference is the premiere opportunity for a day of powerful leadership development and  inspiration in the region and beyond. Omaha is home to multiple Fortune 500 companies and corporate headquarters, such as TD Ameritrade, Berkshire Hathaway, Mutual of Omaha, Union Pacific Railroad and more. Our audience and sponsorship represent these varied corporate cultures.

Each year we offer a balanced speaker roster, keeping in mind our authentic leadership philosophy and current business leadership trends. In addition to our main stage keynotes, we offer keynote sessions with speakers on a variety of subjects relating to both professional and personal development. The conference experience  also includes interactive opportunities, an invitation-only Executive Women’s Summit, a mobile app, exhibit viewing, bookstore, the opportunity to build meaningful connections, and more. Bringing together the experience and knowledge of thought leaders from around the world, our conference provides the tools and education to evolve leaders and help them thrive within their organizations and in all aspects of life.

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Highlights from the first 25 years of the ICAN Women’s Leadership conference, and our most recent conferences in 2017, 2018 & 2019 can be enjoyed here:

Past Themes & Keynotes have included:


Judy Woodruff / The Fourth Estate Meets the Fourth Revolution
Mike Walsh / Reinventing Leadership to Drive Transformation
Andrea Gonzales / Girl CODE: Gaming, Going Viral and Getting it Done
Jenny Fleiss / Leadership Lessons: Using Technology to Innovate
Curt Steinhorst / Can I Have Your Attention?


Tina Brown, Tina Brown Live Media – formerly Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and the Daily Beast / Women in the World
Kindra Hall / Storytelling: The Secret of High Level Leadership
David Logan / Tribal Leadership
Angela Hucles / Why We Need Introverted Leaders
Brittany Packnett / A New Archetype of Leadership
Tasha Eurich / Self-Awareness: The Meta Skill of the 21st Century


Deborah Roberts, ABC News /  Family Wisdom for Modern Times
Dan Thurmon, Motivation Works / Off Balance, On Purpose
Jessica Shortall / Workplace Balance and the War on Families
Shabnam Mogharabi, Soulpancake / The Infectious Power of Joy


Curt Steinhorst, Center for Generational Kinetics / Crossing the Generational Divide
Amy Cuddy, Harvard Business School / Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self
Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code / Remaking America
Carla Harris, Morgan Stanley / Strategize to Win


Erik Wahl, Artist, Philanthropist, Author ‘Unthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius’Actionable Creativity
Katty Kay, BBC World News America / The Confidence Code: What Women Should Know
Julia Landauer, Racecar Driver, Techie & Inspirational Speaker / Racing into the Future


Shawn Achor, Author, Positive Psychology Head Teaching Fellow at Harvard University / The Happiness Advantage
Norah O’Donnell, CBS News / Our Bright Future
Sherry Cooper, Economist / The Big Picture
Women in STEM : A Conversation with Rosalind Hudnell, Intel & Alice Brooks, Roominate


Kathy Ireland, President & CEO of Kathy Ireland Worldwide
Dr. Tererai Trent, Founder of Tinogona
Azure Antoinette, Spoken Word Artist
Dalia Mogahed, Author and Muslim Studies Consultant
Judy Carter, Motivational Humorist

Other Notable Favorites:

Arianna Huffington, Jeannette Walls, Suze Orman, Deepak Shopra, The Honorable Mary Robinson