The Top Five Reasons to Attend the 2023 Annual Conference

Get ready to mark your calendars because the event of the year is just around the corner! OGR's Annual Conference is the ultimate gathering of like-minded individuals who are passionate about the funeral profession. It's the perfect opportunity to reconnect with fellow colleagues and suppliers, and the best part is, it's happening in person! With an innovative educational program and exclusive networking opportunities, you won't want to miss out on the 2023 OGR Annual Conference. Here are five top reasons why you need to be there.

1. Balanced education

The conference offers up to 8 CE credits across six education sessions. We are also excited to host a pre-conference Women's Forum in partnership with the Casket and Funeral Supply Association of America (CFSA). OGR’s conference will feature several speakers – you can learn about technical embalming from Wally Hooker, CFSP, FTC compliance from NFDA’s General Counsel, Christopher Farmer, workplace empathy from Liesel Mertes, and staff recruitment and retention strategies from Lori Sheeler, CFSP, and Vince Roberge. The conference provides a diverse range of education and networking opportunities from both funeral and non-funeral professionals.

2. Racing capital of the world

Indianapolis is home to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the world-renowned Indy 500 occurs each May. You will be in the racing capital of the world during its prime season, with an opportunity to “kiss” the world-famous Yard of Bricks finish line at an optional “Kiss the Bricks” tour at the track.

3. Intimate and unique tradeshow experience

Attention suppliers! Our tradeshow is not your average event where you're confined to a separate exhibit hall, vying for the attention of busy funeral directors. Instead, we provide high-top tables outside the main session room, strategically placing your brand in front of funeral staff attendees throughout the conference. We encourage suppliers to mingle and sit with attendees during meals and education sessions, creating an intimate and integrated experience. This unique setup allows you to participate fully in the conference, while expanding your network and growing your business.

4. Fun networking activities

At OGR's conference, we believe that professional development and fun connections go hand in hand. We offer a variety of exciting activities to enhance your conference experience, including the Past Presidents Welcome Reception, dine-around events at several of Indianapolis's best restaurants, and our renowned Golden Circle Celebration Awards Dinner. These social events are a fantastic opportunity to meet and connect with like-minded professionals in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, making your conference experience truly unforgettable.

5. Gorgeous venue

The Conrad Indianapolis is a luxury oasis in the heart of the downtown excitement. Enjoy a gallery of works by Warhol, Dali, Picasso, and more. Relax in downtown Indy’s only hotel spa, savor fine dining and steakhouse fare, and enjoy nearby attractions including Monument Circle, Lucas Oil Stadium, and Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

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