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Register Now for NFDA’s Professional Women’s Conference

February 27, 2014

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Register Now for NFDA’s Professional Women’s Conference

Brookfield, Wis. – The 2014 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Professional Women’s Conference will bring together funeral directors, educators, expert presenters and suppliers in a unique, intimate gathering to generate new ideas, foster professional growth and create lasting friendships. This conference, which is the leading gathering for women in funeral service, will take place April 25-27 at the JW Marriott Buckhead in Atlanta, Ga.


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

  • Four Ps of Cremation presented by Michael Nicodemus of the National Funeral Directors Association
  • ABCs of Building Loyalty presented by Valerie Wages of Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC in Snellville, Ga.
  • Conversation Café facilitated by Valerie Wages and Jessica Koth of the National Funeral Directors Association
  • Transitions presented by Christine Biggins of Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home and Open Doors Yoga Studios in Rockland, Mass.
  • Ship-in and Decomposition Transformations and Closure Techniques for the Cranial Autopsy presented by Sharon L. Gee-Mascarello of Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.
  • Taking Control of Your Financial Future presented by Meredith Moore of Moore & Associates Wealth Management in Atlanta, Ga.

The conference begins on Friday, April 25 with a complimentary welcome reception at 5:15 p.m. Immediately following the reception is the optional Funeral Service Foundation Fund Day event, Now You’re Cookin’!, an evening of fine cooking and dining. Whether they are a pro in the kitchen or novice, attendees will work side-by-side a local chef to prepare the first and last courses of a four-course New Orleans-style dinner. Then, they will be treated to a behind-the-scenes look at how the chef and his staff prepare the rest of the meal. As a reward for their hard work, attendees will enjoy the amazing meal that they helped prepare. This event helps support the NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarship Fund and the Foundation’s Women in Funeral Service Fund.


The registration fees for the conference are:

On or before March 25 After March 25
NFDA member $449 $499
Nonmember licensed funeral director $599 $649
Non-funeral director $449 $499
Second registrant from the same organization

(includes members, nonmembers, non-funeral directors)

$399 $499
Mortuary science student $60 $70
Now You’re Cookin’

Funeral Service Foundation Fund Day (optional)

$80 $90


For complete details about the NFDA Professional Women’s Conference and to register, visit


NFDA has arranged for a special room rate of $149 plus tax per night at the JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead. Located in the uptown Buckhead district of Atlanta, this luxurious hotel is just steps from premier shopping, exquisite dining, entertainment and more.
Conference attendees must secure their rooms by April 3 order to receive the special NFDA rate. For more information about the hotel, visit and click on the “Hotel/Travel” link on the right side of the page. Attendees who wish to reserve a room should call 800-613-2051 for reservations; they should mention the “National Funeral Directors Association Professional Women’s Conference” to receive the $149 room rate.

The 2014 NFDA Professional Women’s Conference is generously sponsored by Messenger, Nomis Publications Inc., Dignity Memorial, Homesteaders Life Company, Kelco Supply Company, ASD – Answering Service for Directors and The Dodge Company. NFDA thanks Foundation Partners Group for sponsoring the Funeral Service Foundation Fund Day event. NFDA is also grateful to the National Mortuary Shipping for their contribution.


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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