Friday, October 10        4:00 – 6:00 p.m.      OGR Welcome Reception (Renaissance Hotel)
                                        6:30 p.m.                 OGR Dutch treat dinner (Nashville restaurants)

Saturday, October 11   8:00 – 5:00 p.m.      OGR Fall Forum (Renaissance Hotel / earn up to 7 hours of CE)
                                        6:15 p.m.                 Grand Ole Opry Show (7:00 PM show / artists TBA)

Sunday, October 12     6:30 – 8:30 p.m.       NFDA Welcome Party (Wildhorse Saloon)

Monday, October 13    9:45 – 11:45 a.m.     NFDA Opening Session 
                                       12:00 – 5:00 p.m.     NFDA Expo 


altKeynote: Once Upon a Time: Sharing a Leadership Story that Inspires
Sam Davidson, Author & Social Entrepreneur

In this energetic and humorous presentation, Sam Davidson will share ideas for ways YOU can identify your passions and talents and share them with others in a way that inspires. Based upon his own experience as an entrepreneur, Davidson will share memorable tips and strategies that will allow you to determine where to invest time and energy, how to share a story that inspires, and how to measure your impact as a funeral service leader.

altFresh Ideas, New Perspectives: Exciting Trends in Funeral Service
Ryan Thogmartin

Join Ryan Thogmartin, founder of, a progressive online publication for funeral professionals with a reader base of over 15,000, as he highlights ways for you to stand out and stay up-to-date. He’ll take a look at community events, consumer trends, and going beyond social media with your marketing.  Stay for this session and come away with ideas for how to enhance your current offerings.


altAftercare: Programs that Heal Families (& Put You Miles Ahead of the Competition)
Nancy Weil, Laugh Leader & Aftercare Expert

Are you ready to create a lasting relationship with your families following their loves one’s funeral and burial? Do you want to reach out to your clients in an entirely new way? Nancy will examine how to build your business through positive, free PR and outreach to local groups simultaneously. Even if you’re already doing aftercare, this session is guaranteed to help you build your business.

All Stressed Out and Ready to Blow – Self-Care for Funeral Directors
Nancy Weil, Laugh Leader & Aftercare Expert
Are you and your team stretched thin? Maxed out? Sick and tired of being sick and tired? It doesn't have to be this way. Discover tools that help you handle the daily irritations that trigger upset, blowups, and failure.

altTransforming the Arrangement Conference One Generation at a Time
Karl Jennings, Founder of the Arrangers Academy

Do you know what a millennial wants out of an arrangement conference? What about a baby boomer?  Learn to provide grieving families with the most meaningful funeral service options possible during the arrangement conference by learning how to approach each generation differently. Learn to move from being a simple order-taker to a practitioner and family collaborator.


Great Ideas for a Great Cause
Exchange great ideas with other OGR members and learn new ways to tackle challenges and provide exceptional service to families. For every idea contributed, OGR will donate $1 to NFDA’s Habitat for Humanity, which benefits the local Habitat for Humanity. Offer ideas for other members and give to a great cause all at the same time! *This session is open to OGR members only.