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Our 2022 conference agenda for May 18 is currently as follows. This hybrid agenda is the same whether you are joining us virtually or in-person. All speakers currently intend to present live from the ICAN conference stage. Please note, agenda times and details are subject to change as the event date nears.

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Opening General Session

9 – 11:30 am

Welcome + Opening Remarks

Aileen Warren, ICAN President & CEO

9 a.m.: Kicking off the day with opening remarks by ICAN’s President & CEO as we kick off our day together to forge ahead and rise stronger.

Keynote: Cynthia ‘Cynt’ Marshall


Cynt Marshall is the first black female CEO in the history of  the National Basketball Association. The CEO of the Dallas
Mavericks offers her time-tested rules for the road to successful leadership and explains how she transformed a toxic corporate culture through authenticity.

Note: We have an agenda change! Due to the exciting rise of the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Semifinals in San Francisco Wednesday evening, Seth Mattison has graciously agreed to switch keynote speaking time on the agenda with Cynt Marshall so she can travel with her team. Cynt will now speak in the morning and Seth will be our closing speaker.

Keynote: Noelle Silver

Hum’AI’n: Empowering Inclusion in Technology

Noelle Silver, a winner of VentureBeat’s Women in AI
Responsibility and Ethics Award, has dedicated herself to an often-overlooked part of the responsible AI equation: AI literacy, not just bias. Noelle’s mission is to educate everyone from C-suites to teenagers about how to approach AI more thoughtfully. She’s a consistent champion for public understanding of AI and has established several initiatives supporting women
and underrepresented communities.

2022 ICAN Leadership Award Presentation

Presented in partnership with Kiewit

The recipient of our 2022 ICAN Leadership Award will be announced by award co-sponsor, Kiewit’s Alicia Edsen along with ICAN’s Aileen Warren.

Keynote: Eve Rodsky

Fair Play in the Journey Back into the Workplace

Eve’s expertise in family mediation, strategy and organizational management led to the research and findings in her best-selling book Fair Play, offering a solution to the dilemma of unequal emotional labor and invisible work within a marriage or partnership. With our return to work in the next normal, Eve expanded her focus to the challenges and opportunities that companies and leaders will face as they create systems to promote greater equity among the disparate groups in the emerging
work landscape.


11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Lunch Served at CHI Health Center Omaha / Lunch Break for Virtual Attendees

Exhibit Hall Open, Book Signing at Bookstore


Breakout Sessions

1 – 1:40 p.m.

Attendees will choose on-site to attend 1 breakout session.

DEI: Turning Concept into Action

Facilitator: Bianca Harley – Vice President, Human Capital and Inclusion, Omaha Performing Arts

Nancy Pridal, P.E. CEO/President, Lamp Rynearson
Debra Schrampfer, AVP Workforce Resources and Chief Diversity Officer, Union Pacific
Joni Wheeler, Executive Vice President, Talent and Enterprise Solutions, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska

It takes more than concept and commitment to effect real diversity, equity and inclusion into any work culture. Join Bianca Harley in exploring real success stories – from top leaders themselves — who created a DEI roadmap and led their organizations to genuine results.
Bianca will facilitate an engaging conversation with our panelist and will share key takeaways for your own journey to belonging and inclusion, whether for yourself or your team.

Rising Stronger Within Omaha’s Digital Landscape

Facilitators: Kandace Miller, President & CEO of AIM Institute & Julie Sigmon, Director of the Omaha STEM Ecosystem

A healthy, vibrant community depends on a skilled and growing workforce. In an effort to help close the talent gap within the Omaha community, The STEM Community Platform was established to combine Omaha’s STEM resources in one convenient location. Employees, students, educators and corporate leaders alike can connect with greater ease with the programs and resources needed to facilitate efficient and effective career pathways. Join our facilitators to learn of this exciting new collaboration, and their plans for helping Omaha meet the challenges of a new talent landscape.

Closing General Session

2 – 4 p.m.

Special Entertainment Keynote: Katie Goodman

Improvising and Innovating your way through Change

Katie Goodman uses her 8 Tools of Improv Comedy to guide audiences through fun, creative and insightful exercises that inspire participants to connect, gain confidence, move away from fear, collaborate and — most importantly — adapt to change.

Keynote: Susan MacKenty Brady

Navigating Your Own Leadership Journey with Emotional Intelligence

To win the hearts and minds of people, leaders need to be clear about how to navigate interpersonal relationships. Celebrated leadership author and the first Chief Executive Officer of The Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership, Susan will demonstrate how your internal thought processes guide your behavior and influence your impact as a leader. Each and every interaction is an opportunity to build trust, create alignment and bring out the best in your team members.

Keynote: Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Hope-Forward: Steadying Our Steps After a Challenging Season

In this season of rising after challenging times, we are in a precious place of opportunity to co-create our future. As we plan our next moves, it is imperative that we acknowledge the past while also setting a steady course for re-entry that is research-informed and practical for people at varying degrees of readiness. Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe will explore her conceptual framework for re-entry readiness that is based on the principles of psychological safety, resiliency and productivity with purpose.

Keynote: Seth Mattison

The Emerging Future is…FLEXIBLE!

As traditional hierarchies are re-examined and leadership becomes less about title, tenure and time at the organization, and more about influence, impact and connection, our ability to develop, cultivate and grow our personal presence and own our capacity to reveal our full selves every single day will become the new mandate for leadership in the modern era.
Seth will share the top “future of work” trends for 2022 that are on the minds of top leaders as they take the path to a more whole and more human organization, where employees feel a true sense of belonging.

Closing Remarks

Aileen Warren, ICAN’s President & CEO