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A Male Allyship Conversation

Special Session at the ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference

Extending the reach and impact of ICAN’s message and learnings around male allyship for our business community.

Date & Time: May 15, 2024 | 12:45 – 2 p.m.
Location: Special Session held at the CHI Health Center Omaha in conjunction with the ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference
Format: Panel Discussion + Circle Conversations (in-person only, a virtual option is not being offered)
Session Registration: $49/individual or $129/group of 3

Note: Registration for this special session does not include the full day ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference

Register for the May 15 Session

For over thirty years, ICAN has created an annual forum for women – and men – to discuss the most important issues related to the development and advancement of women leaders in our community. In 2021, the ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference introduced Male Allyship as a new topic of conversation on our main stage, acknowledging the importance of men advocating for the advancement of women leaders. Last year at our 30th Annual ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference, we expanded this conversation at a breakout session – Engaging Men as Allies: Moving from Awareness to Advocacy, attended by over 600 leaders.

Let’s keep the conversation going! This year, ICAN will highlight some prominent allies in the business community
who will share their experiences and best practices from the C-Suite at a special session being held in conjuntion with our ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference.

The deadline to register is April 30.

Special Session: A Male Allyship Conversation

More men want to be allies to women in the workplace than ever before – with 76% of men expressing an interest in allyship. Being an ally is not easy. Male leaders at the highest levels need a willingness to encourage male colleagues to step up, develop “allyship skills” and support women with strength of conviction, pursuing gender inclusion and equality as corporate values. This panel discussion of senior leaders in our community will share their best allyship practices from the C-Suite and then attendees will participate in a well-known ICAN favorite exercise…. Leadership Circle Conversations.

Facilitator & Panel Moderator: 

John Slieter
ICAN Faculty Member

J. Allan Consulting

Introduction by:

Marsha Graesser
ICAN Board Chair

WoodmenLife, Director – Talent Development & Culture


Javier Fernandez                                                
President & CEO

Joanne Sebby
Chief Risk Officer

Rick Putnam
Baird Holm


FAQs & How Tos:

Registration Options: For organizations who are 2024 ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference partners, you can register up to 3 leaders complimentary as part of your expanded sponsorship benefits. For other community members, registration is offered at $49/individual attendee or $129/block of 3 attendees. Payment will be collected via invoice.

How to register:  Register via the form at the following button. There is an option to designate your registration through the conference partner designation or open community registration. Registration for this special session offer will close on April 30.

Who is a ‘good fit’ to attend this special session?: ICAN welcomes anyone who finds this topic of interest and wants to experience part of the ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference day, but would particularly identify individuals who:

  • May lead allyship efforts internally at their organization.
  • Would like to be a better ally for the women leaders they support.
  • Would like to learn how to foster male allyship of women efforts and practices within their teams and departments.
  • Have success stories internally of how male leaders have advocated for the advancement of their female peers.
  • Are looking for a wonderful opportunity to meet and connect with other leaders in the community who are interested and committed to this effort.

How will session attendees participate on conference day (May 15)? Upon arrival to the CHI Health Center Omaha, they will check-in at the Registration Tables on the main floor, pick up their nametag and head upstairs. A specific breakout session room number will be identified closer to the conference date and communicated to registrants. After the session concludes at 2 p.m., session attendees are free to depart. Only those with a full paid conference registration will stay for the closing general session. Attendees will be responsible for any parking fees, if they chose to park in the convention center Lots B or D for $10.

Any more details for them to be prepared? All men that register as part of this special invitation opportunity will receive an e-mail from ICAN on Monday, May 13, with additional details and instructions.