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Speaker Series

Part of ICAN’s annual Leadership Exchange Events Series. 3 events to attend. 3 national experts with knowledge to share. 3 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 100-200 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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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



November 8 – Leading with a Defined Philosophy: Why Leadership Philosophy Matters and How to Develop One

Jon Mertz

3-5 p.m.
UNO’s Mammel Hall

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Having a solid leadership philosophy is what will separate the real leaders from the rest. If you don’t define it, how can you do it? “It” is leadership. Having a philosophy versus just values provides you principles with flexibility to change as new experiences come into your work life, business atmosphere, and career journey. You may know many things intuitively, but your leadership may not be fully tested at any given point in time. Having a leadership philosophy will build a foundation on which your leadership momentum can be based. Defining how you will lead in good and bad times will give you a sense of self and provide a reflection point to ensure you are on the right track.

Presentation Outcomes

– Learn why a philosophy, not just values.
– Explore how a philosophy stands as a theory or attitude you hold that acts as a guiding principle for behavior.
– Become aware of your mindset and how it impacts growth of self and others. 
– Develop your own leadership philosophy through Jon’s guided process that includes inquiry, fitness, after burn, glow and spark.
– Set a course to be the leader you admire. 
– Gain a process for test driving your leadership philosophy, planning for ‘what if?’ situations, and evaluating and adjusting it over time.
– Create a leadership philosophical spark in others.

More About Jon / / /

Jon Mertz is one of the 2014 Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business and is a leadership thought-provoker, writing to empower Millennial leaders. When we share experiences rather than focus on differences, we realize a thin difference between two generations and a vast opportunity exists to create a big leadership story. Jon works at Corepoint Health as vice president of marketing. His background consists of an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and working for companies like Deloitte, IBM, QuickArrow, and BMC Software. Explore more about Jon and his work at thindifference.com

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Previously Held in 2017

June 1 – Attitude of a Champion Leader: How leaders lead with passion, purpose and love for their people

Aaron Davis
3-5 p.m.
UNO’s Mammel Hall

Leadership is simple, but it’s not easy. Aaron had the opportunity to be coached by one of the greatest college football coaches of all-time. Dr. Tom Osborne was the head football Coach at the University of Nebraska Lincoln for over thirty-years. His winning percentage was over 80% with three National Championships. What was more impressive was the legendary leadership style that he consistently modeled to his assistant coaches, players and administration. Why was his leadership style so successful? It all started with his “Attitude”!

Presentation Outcomes:

  • Individuals will be reminded of the importance of transparency in leadership.
  • Individuals will learn that it’s acceptable to treat people differently as long as you treat them equally & fair.
  • Individuals will learn how the leader sets the tone not by words, but by consistent actions.
  • Individuals will explore the importance of humility in successful long-term leadership. You are part of the picture, but not all of it. Your ability to be humble allows you to see everything you need to.

More About Aaron / / /

Aaron Davis has shared with over a million people about performing like a champion from personal experience! As a member of the 1994 National Championship Nebraska Football team and working with numerous corporations & organizations, he understands firsthand what it takes to perform like a champion & experience incredible results both personally & professionally! Aaron is not just a speaker “telling” other companies and individuals how to succeed. He’s in the trenches everyday as the President of his own consulting & speaking firm & also a partner in a small software firm.  He’s a Husband, Father and Author and a fanatic about golf (although he’s not very good).

January 26 – Keeping it Real: The what, why and how of Authentic Leadership  /  Jason Lauritsen & Joe Gerstandt
JasonTalent Anarchy Bio - Jan 2016

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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



Past ICAN Speaker Series Presenters:

2016 / / /

Radical Resiliency: Transforming in Changing Times
Eileen McDargh, Consultant & Speaker, Author of “Your Resiliency GPS”

Collaborative Intelligence
Angie McArthur, CEO of Professional Thinking Partners
Author of “Collaborative Intelligence: Thinking with People Who Think Differently”

Stretch Into Your Future
Tara Jaye Frank, VP of Multicultural Strategy at Hallmark

2015 / / /

Engage Every Age
Anne Loehr

Mastering Productive Friction
Karen Lisko, Ph.D.

Managing Unconscious Bias
Pam Hernandez