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The community profits when leaders are ICAN trained.

About ICAN

ICAN is a 501c(3) organization, so our focus is on depth of offerings to our community, and our success is measured by (the number of) leaders we serve. We’re constantly asking how our programs can be better for our attendees. We see our programming as a service to the community — our graduates lead with purpose, compassion, transparency, integrity and authenticity, which benefits everyone.


Celebrating 40 Years of ICAN

We were founded in 1981 with the idea of developing whole-life leaders who are prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow — something still relevant today.

Founded by women to provide leadership development opportunities for everyone.

ICAN History

Recognizing a corporate education gap in Omaha, Fran Root, Dr. Geil Browning and a number of others founded ICAN in 1981 to bring world-class leadership development to their community. ICAN’s initial offerings included a series of programs to develop women and men in business leadership. The first conference held in the early 1990s drew 300 people and included topics about productivity, time management, technology and stress relief. 

Conference Archive