Renew, Re-energize and Get Inspired at the NFDA’s Professional Women’s Conference

February 1, 2016

Brookfield, Wis. – Mark your calendar and book your flight to Cape Coral, Florida, for the 2016 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Professional Women’s Conference. This unique, intimate gathering is the perfect setting for funeral directors, educators and suppliers to generate new ideas, grow personally and professionally, and create lasting relationships with other professionals. This conference, which is the leading gathering for women in funeral service, will take place April 8-10 at the Westin Cape Coral Resort.

The conference begins on Friday, April 8 with a complimentary welcome reception. Immediately following the reception is a very special event, Funeral Service Foundation: Full Steam, All Aboard the Murder Mystery Dinner Train. A governor’s race turns deadly along a whistle stop tour. Discover “whodunit” while enjoying a delicious five-course dinner and train ride with fellow attendees. A ticket is required for this event.

Attendees can look forward to engaging conference sessions led by experts covering a wide range of topics:

  • Saturday, April 9
    • Leading the Conversation – How to Connect with Seniors in the Arrangement Conference presented by Lacy Robinson, NFDA director of member development
    • Community & Family Engagement: Filling the Void presented by Jason Troyer, PhD, of Mount Hope Grief Services
    • Celebrate the accomplishments of women who have earned Professional Women’s Conference scholarships from the Funeral Service Foundation during the complimentary recognition luncheon
    • Attendees will exchange great ideas on a variety of topics with like-minded funeral professionals during the popular Roundtable Discussions
  • Sunday, April 10
    • Concurrent Workshops – attendees can choose one of two fascinating topics:
      • Win/Win Thinking in a Win/Lose Market presented by Bill Hudson of Aurora Casket
      • Seeing is Believing: Facial Reconstruction Techniques and Transforming the Decomposed presented by Karl Wenzel, CFSP, MBIE, of The Dodge Company
    • Peaks, Pitfalls and Parades, Oh My presented by Dawnna St. Louis, a business growth expert

Attendees can save up to $50 when they register on or before March 15.

On or before March 15 After March 15
NFDA member $475 $525
Nonmember licensed funeral director $625 $675
Non-funeral director $475 $525
Second registrant from the same organization
(includes members, nonmembers, non-funeral directors)
$425 $475
Mortuary science student $80 $90
Special Event:
Funeral Service Foundation: Full Steam All Aboard
the Murder Mystery Dinner Train
$80 $90

The Funeral Service Foundation will award at least five scholarships to the Professional Women’s Conference; scholarships will cover recipients’ conference registration fees and provide up to a $1,000 travel and accommodation stipend. Please visit the Funeral Service Foundation website,, for more information and to apply. Applications are due February 26.

Experience breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, Caloosahatchee River and Tarpon Point Marina from the luxurious Westin Cape Coral Resort. NFDA has arranged for exclusive room rates that start at $166 plus tax per night at the Westin Cape Coral Resort; special room rates for suites, which are an affordable option for colleagues who are traveling together, are also available. Conference attendees must secure their rooms by March 15 to receive the special NFDA rates.

Complete details about the NFDA Professional Women’s Conference, including registration and hotel information, can be found on the NFDA website,

NFDA is the world’s leading and largest funeral service association, serving 18,500 individual members who represent nearly 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 43 countries around the world. NFDA is the trusted leader, beacon for ethics and the strongest advocate for the profession. NFDA is the association of choice because it offers funeral professionals comprehensive educational resources, tools to manage successful businesses, guidance to become pillars in their communities and the expertise to foster future generations of funeral professionals. NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., and has an office in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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Contact: Jessica Koth, 262-814-1536,

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