Young Professionals 

Get Involved with OGR Young Professionals

There’s no age limit to OGR's Young Professionals group – whether you're just starting out in funeral service or you've been a funeral director for 20+ years if you're the next generation of funeral service, working at an OGR funeral home, this group is for you. 

Get connected!  Take 3-question survey so OGR can get to know you better and stay in touch. 

Ways to connect:

  • Sign up for the YP e-Newsletter “Real Talk”, which contains ideas that young professionals have used to solve problems and achieve goals, relevant articles for career development, and interesting insights into the future of funeral service (for OGR members only). 
  • Join YP Facebook Group (for OGR members only).
  • Attend 2019's Young Professionals event, a weekend of small group sessions that gives you the opportunity to meet like-minded funeral service professionals, find solutions to professional challenges, and have a blast doing it. With peer-led discussions, a small group format, and hands-on presentations, you'll leave this two-and-a-half-day event feeling empowered and loaded down with new techniques to try. This year's Young Professionals Event will be March 10-12 in Nashville, TN.  
  • Attend the first YP Study Group from September 23-25. See details below.

Young Professionals Study Group
Join Other Young Professionals for a Meeting of the Minds: Brainstorm, Discuss, Share & Problem Solve
September 23-25 . Hamburg, NY

Join other OGR young professionals for our first study group session, hosted in Hamburg, NY at Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home (just 40 miles from Niagara Falls). We’ll meet to explore ways to fulfill families’ increasingly diverse requests for services, achieve profit goals, and attract new customers. We aim to address current issues facing funeral service and help you know you’re not alone in the challenges you face. Register here

Proposed Schedule:

Sunday (9/23) Arrival & Check-in
6 PM Dinner at a local restaurant (TBD)
Monday (9/24)  
9 AM Breakfast at either Hamburg or West Seneca location
9:30 AM – 12 PM 15-minute tour of Location and Group Discussion
12 – 1 PM Lunch at funeral home
1 – 5 PM Group Discussion
6:30 PM Dinner and free time
Tuesday (9/25)  
9 AM Breakfast at either Hamburg or West Seneca location (opposite of day prior)
9:30 – 11 AM 15-minute tour of Location  and Final Group Discussion


" Our goal is to brainstorm innovative ideas we can implement to better serve our communities. The meeting of these beautiful brains could spark the next big thing in funeral service. Why would you want to miss out on that? 

It’s not often that an opportunity like this comes along for the next generation of funeral directors. Don’t miss your chance to reinvigorate your career and get inspired. Although we all do our best, there are always ways to improve." 

- Brandi Reed, OGR Young Professional and study group host, Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Hamburg, NY 


Proposed Topic of Discussion: (these are open for discussion!)

  1. How to create, implement, and maintain effective staff training for all staff (part-time to full-time) & have an effective onboarding process for each position
  2. Protecting the business from disgruntled employees; the fine art of proper record keeping
  3. How to effectively create & manage systems for multiple locations
  4. Best schedule communication tactics (i.e. Outlook, shared calendars, etc.)
  5. How to get direct cremation families involved with segments of service outside of arrangements and pick-up of cremated remains
  6. Following up with dissatisfied families: what to do and what not to do
  7. *Your topic(s)*

Registration Fee: $0 (OGR members only)

Cost: Participants are responsible for travel, lodging and dinner expenses. Breakfast will be complimentary at the hotel and lunch will be invoiced to each firm after averaging cost.

Hotel: Staybridge Suites – West Seneca (164 Slade Ave., West Seneca, NY 14224) approximately $136/night

Interested? Sign up is free! Register hereEmail OGR staff Jessica Smith at with questions.