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Honor a Leader in your Life with a Donation to ICAN

Recognize an Impactful Leader at the ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference

In celebration of authentic, inspiring and transformative leadership, for a donation to ICAN of $30 or more you can honor a leader who has made an impact in your life and/or professional career.

Honor a Leader + Donate

At ICAN we believe leaders are anyone that makes a difference – an empowering boss or coworker, favorite educator, trusted health care worker, inspiring community volunteer, dedicated public servant, special family member, or anyone that has motivated you to be your best! We also welcome any who would like to honor someone posthumously. Let’s celebrate authentic leaders who inspire, elevate and transform our lives and communities.

ICAN is now accepting submissions for the 2024 list of Honored Leaders. The list – see below – will be featured at the ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference on May 15, 2024 so our audience of 3,200+ can join you in recognizing their leadership and impact. Upon submission and receipt of your donation, your honoree will receive a special message from ICAN notifying them of your donation in their honor. Thank you for your support and effort to recognize this inspiring individual!

The deadline to submit a leader for inclusion on the 2024 recognition is April 15.

2024 Honored Leaders



Honorees to be listed as received


Past Honorees

2023 Honored Leaders

  • Jon Aronson* – Former Dean of Men, Benson High School
    • Honored by Hal Daub
  • Karen Authier  
    • Honored by Shirley Siebler
  • Karen Baldwin – Founder of The Baldwin Group and Former ICAN Faculty Member
    • Honored by Sally Anderson
  • Holli Bingham – SVP Renewal Management, Genesys Cloud Services, Inc.
    • Honored by Leslie Stoltmann
  • Cathy Burrell – Retired, Southeast Warren Community Schools Teacher for 31 years
    • Honored by Julie Lillig, Jodi Clendenen, Kate Rice & John Burrell
  • Dana Coonce – CHRO, Medical Solutions
    • Honored by Liz Hall
  • Brenda Council – Community Volunteer & Former Elected Official
    • Honored by Thomas Warren
  • Melissa Crawford – SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Physicians Mutual
    • Honored by Tim Reed
  • Art Crukshank* – Former Pastor, Benson Presbyterian Church
    • Honored by Hal Daub
  • Kay Durfey – Council Bluffs Community School District
    • Honored by Tabatha Durfey
  • Kathy English – Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
    • Honored by Amber Rose Phipps
  • John W. Ewing Jr. – Douglas County Treasurer
    • Honored by Eric L Ewing
  • Doug Glass – Retired, Union Pacific Railroad
    • Honored by Lorraine Chang
  • Travis Gutierrez*
    • Honored by sister, Stephanie Gutierrez
  • Susan Henricks – Retired, Former ICAN President & CEO
    • Honored by Amy McLaughlin, Natalie Olsen and Tracy Stuart
  • Cecil Hicks – Director of Talent Development and Culture, Immanuel Communities
    • Honored by Lisa Taylor-Jones
  • U.S. Senator Roman Hruska*
    • Honored by Hal Daub
  • Dr. Cheryl Logan – Superintendent, Omaha Public Schools
    • Honored by Aileen Warren
  • Linda Lovgren – Strategic Counsel, Emspace + Lovgren
    • Honored by Ashley Rae Turner
  • JoAnn Martin* – Retired CEO, Ameritas
    • Honored by Brian Hastings
  • Liz Mazzotta – CAO, Mutual of Omaha
    • Honored by Aileen Warren
  • Pam Mortensen – WoodmenLife
    • Honored by Marsha Graesser
  • Elizebeth Murphy – President, Emspace + Lovgren
    • Honored by Lynn Stoller
  • Sara Olson – UNO
    • Honored by BJ Reed
  • Melissa Page – Office Manager & Paralegal, Gourley Rehkemper & Lindholm PLC
    • Honored by Kayla Zevenbergen
  • James M. Paxson* – Former President, Standard Chemical Manufacturing Company
    • Honored by Hal Daub
  • Deb Schorr – District Director – U.S. Congressman Flood’s Office, Former Lancaster County Commissioner
    • Honored by Allison Schorr Zach and Melissa Schorr
  • Martha Sedky* – Formerly Omaha Public Power District
    • Honored by McKell Purnell
  • David L. Smalley – United States Army Reserve, Brigadier General
    • Honored by Amber Rose Phipps
  • Naydia Smith – Vice President of North America & Division Lead at Everest Insurance
    • Honored by Lisa Taylor-Jones
  • Roy Smith* – Former President of HP Smith Ford, Former Chamber President
    • Honored by Hal Daub
  • Dr. Deborah Smith-Howell – University of Nebraska at Omaha
    • Honored by Dr. Juan Casas
  • United States Federal Judge Lyle Strom*
    • Honored by Hal Daub
  • Lisa Taylor-Jones – Human Resources, Methodist Health System
    • Honored by Kiara Taylor, Jasmine Brown & Jourdyn Jones
  • Gina Urbanski – Director of Operations, ReRuns “R” Fun
    • Anonymous Donor
  • Aileen Warren – President & CEO, ICAN
    • Honored by Jay Warren-Teamer, Alexandra Warren, Linda Cunningham, Mary Antanelis and Nicole Mitchell
  • Jay Warren-Teamer –  Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska
    • Honored by Alexandra Warren
  • Thomas H. Warren, Sr. – City of Omaha
    • Honored by Kathy J. Trotter
  • Regent Barbara Weitz – University of Nebraska Board of Regents
    • Honored by Dr. Joanne Li
  • Nancy Williams – No More Empty Pots
    • Honored by Ashley Rae Turner
  • Gail Yanney – Burlington Capital
    • Honored by Dele and Arike Davies

*This leader is being honored posthumously

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