Aileen Warren has been selected as the new president and CEO of ICAN, the Institute for Career Advancement Needs.

When she starts Jan. 24 she will succeed Susan Henricks, who plans to retire after leading ICAN since 2014.

Warren joins ICAN after serving as associate vice chancellor and executive director of human resources for the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Previously, she was vice president of human resources at First Data, now Fiserv. Before that, she worked at MFS Communications and First National Bank of Omaha.

She has a long history of involvement with ICAN — dating to 1996 — including two six-year terms on its board of directors and as a member of the executive committee. She is a graduate of the ICAN Influence program, is a past speaker at ICAN events and she served as co-chair of the 2010 ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference.

Warren has deep ties in the Omaha community. Her volunteer roles include acting as president of the Women’s Fund of Omaha; serving as a member of the Omaha Home for Boys Board Executive Committee; and current service as president of the Omaha Downtown Rotary and a member of the Urban League of Nebraska Guild.

“As an advocate for leadership and professional development, I am looking forward to working with the staff, board members and area companies to continue ICAN’s inspiring, impactful and life changing work,” Warren said.

Her experience as a human resources professional leading HR functions within businesses, in particular, will bring an important perspective to the work of ICAN. That mission includes serving individuals and organizations of all types in developing leaders for the evolving business and cultural needs of the future; investing in talent pipelines; and engaging in credible and meaningful leadership development programs, conferences and experiences.

Shasta Wragge, ICAN’s current board chair and a senior vice president for Bank of the West, said Warren will bring a deep understanding of ICAN’s past and its future to the role of CEO.

“I am so excited to announce Aileen as our next president and CEO,” she said. “She is passionate about the development of others, including through management training programs, guiding young leaders and mentoring women in the community.”

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