Young Professionals 

2019 YP Event Was a Hit!

Hosted for the first time ever in Nashville, TN, young professionals gathered for two days of peer-led sessions, small group discussions, and hands-on presentations. 2019's sessions gave participants the chance to
  • Get re-energized. Discover tools for facing burnout and stress.
  • Change their approach. Explore how to handle price shopping calls like a pro.
  • Shift perspectives. Learn skills to effectively work with difficult people and diplomatically handle conflict in the arrangement room and beyond.
  • Become a resource. Develop customized grief resources for all kinds of families.
  • Learn from other YPs. Brainstorm on innovative service ideas.

There was even time for exploring Nashville built into the schedule. Participants from all over North America earned eight hours of education and connected with each other. 


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. 

Ways to get involved:

  • Take 3-question survey so OGR can get to know you better and stay in touch.  You'll tell us a little more about yourself and be subscribed to 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). 
  • Attend 2019's study group this fall. See details below.
  • Join YP Facebook Group for ongoing discussions(for OGR members only). 
  • Participate in OGR's 2020 Young Professionals event. Location to be determined.

Up Next -- Young Professionals Study Group
Meeting of the Minds: Brainstorm, Discuss, Share & Problem Solve

Each fall OGR young professionals come together to participate in a study group -- a two and a half day event, which meets at an OGR firm and includes ideas exchanges, brainstorming, and a "meeting of the minds." Attendees tour the host funeral home and learn how other funeral service professionals fulfill families’ increasingly diverse requests for services, achieve profit goals, and attract new customers. They also address current issues facing funeral service. In Fall 2019, the study group will be held at Martin Funeral, Cremation, & Tribute Services in Mt. Morris, MI. Sign up is free for OGR members, so email Jessica S. Riddlesperger at [email protected] to receive info.  

(Pictured Above) Sept. 2018 study group at Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home in Hamburg, NY.