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APFSP has approved OGR's conference for 8 CE credits, and state-level approvals are beginning to come in as well. Check our CEs tracker page to see if your state has approved the hours. If you don't see approval listed for your state, contact OGR's Education Department to confirm your state's approval status.

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Sunday, May 15
8 a.m. noon Board of Directors Breakfast & Meeting
noon 5 p.m. Registration
12:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION
Veterans Funeral Care Workshop
with Jim Rudolph, Veterans Funeral Care
***limited to 11 attendees on a first-come, first served basis 
1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Study Groups
East Coast, West Coast, North America & Global study groups meet individually
5 p.m.   Silent Auction Opens
The OGR Foundation's annual Silent Auction will be conducted online. Our goal this year is $2,500 total funds raised. 100% of donations will go toward funding scholarships, and the first $2,500 in bids and donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar thanks to a generous matching grant from Mike Butler and his family at Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Hastings, Nebraska.
5 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
We haven’t gathered together in almost three years, so you won’t want to miss the opportunity to connect with colleagues for drinks, food and fun at the opening reception.
Monday, May 16
8 a.m. 5 p.m. Registration
8 a.m. 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Start your day off right! Join your colleagues and valued OGR supply partners for a light continental breakfast and networking time before we kick off our Conference programming.
8:30 a.m. 9 a.m. OGR Annual Meeting
Evan J. Strong, OGR President
9 a.m. 10:30 a.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS - 1.5 CEs
Moving From Panic to Purpose
with Amy Waninger, Lead at Any Level, LLC

10:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. Networking Break
We know how important industry connections can be, so we have built time into the schedule for networking breaks during this year’s Conference. These breaks are guaranteed to provide you with tangible tips and connections to improve your business.
10:45 a.m. noon PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSION - 1 CE
Defending the Truth:  Embalming, Social Media & Bias
with Dominick Astorino, Worsham College of Mortuary Science
noon 1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch
Enjoy lunch & networking with fellow attendees. And you won’t want to miss the opportunity to bid on items in our Silent Auction!
1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSION - 1 CE
Reimagine Your Business
with Mary Russell, Matthews Aurora™ Funeral Solutions
The COVID-19 pandemic showed us that as an industry, we can be flexible, creative and nimble when necessary. Funeral homes and cemeteries were forced to instantly reinvent their business to adapt to ever-changing requirements, all while still working to provide meaningful ways of saying goodbye. Progressive funeral homes and cemeteries are using these historic challenges to innovate – using new technologies and new ideas to serve families now and well into the future.
2:30 p.m. 3 p.m. Networking Break
Don’t miss the last networking break of the day! Take some time to explore the OGR supply partner displays. Our partners provide valuable products and services critical to your success. With several partners in attendance, you are sure to find the solutions you need.
3 p.m. 4 p.m. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSION - 1 CE
Ideas Exchange
with OGR Executive Director Wendy King & TBA facilitators
Attendees will have the opportunity to choose four roundtable discussions to participate in during this fast-paced community learning session.
6 p.m. 8 p.m. Golden Circle Celebration Dinner
Experience the ambiance of the luxuriant Hotel Carmichael with dinner and drinks. The program will include 2022 OGR Award Winners, a Service of Remembrance and installation of OGR’s new President and Board of Directors. Dress code is casual so come ready to enjoy fun, food and friends.
Tuesday, May 17
8 a.m. 11 a.m. Registration
8 a.m. 9 a.m. Breakfast
Join Conference attendees for breakfast and conversation to close out the final day.
9 a.m. 11:30 a.m. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSION - 2.5 CEs
The Innovation Challenge: Shaping the Future for Independent Funeral Homes
with Maria Meschi, DORIS Research: Design Thinking for Workplace Challenges
11:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. Break
12:15 p.m.   Silent Auction closes
Get your final bids in for your favorite packages before the silent auction closes!
11:45 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Closing Lunch / PANEL DISCUSSION - 1 CE
From Ideation to Innovation: How OGR Members Can Rethink the Funeral Profession
with panelists Andrew Clayton, Indiana Funeral Directors Association; Andrew Loos, Heartland Cremation & Burial Society; Jamie Meredith, C&J Financial; and Sara Thompson, Indiana Funeral Care; moderated by OGR Executive Director Wendy King
The last two years have proved to be a dramatic and challenging time for the funeral profession, yet the future holds endless possibilities. The greatest leaders need to exhibit and foster creativity and innovation in the workplace to succeed in today’s competitive, unstable and volatile climate. During this dynamic panel discussion, you’ll hear from leaders in the profession who will share their experiences and how you can execute creativity and innovation in your own business.
2 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Young Professionals Summit - 3 CEs
YPs may register separately for this additional three-hour professional development opportunity. YP employees of OGR member firms who register for the Annual Conference can attend the YP Summit for just $50, or just the YP Summit for $99. Non-member conference attendees can register for the Summit for $75, or the Summit alone for $149. Those who attend just the YP Summit will get a 4th CE from APFSP for attending the joint lunch/panel discussion with conference attendees; those who attend both will get a total of 11.
6:30 p.m.   YP Summit Dinner
Sun King Brewery | Carmel, IN
*at your own expense

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