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Register Now for NFDA’s Professional Women’s Conference

For Immediate Release: February 22, 2012

Brookfield, Wis. – The 2013 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 26-28 at the Westin Poinsett in Greenville, S.C.

In addition to the popular roundtable discussion session, attendees can look forward to conference sessions covering a wide range of topics.

* Better Utilization of Your Skills for Superior Results presented by Craig Caldwell of The Dodge Company

* Rethink and Retool for Real Results presented by Lacy Robinson of Aurora Casket Company

* Business Law Toolbox presented by Chris Farmer, JD, of Sheehy, Ware and Pappas; general counsel for the Cremation Association of North America

* Engaging Today's Employees presented by Mary Ellen Chiffriller of SCI

To kick off the conference, the annual Funeral Service Foundation Fund Day event will take place April 26. Attendees will reconnect with their inner artist at "Art with Heart," an event that will benefit women in Funeral Service. Guests will enjoy a wonderful glass or two of wine – not to mention some amazing desserts – while receiving a hands-on painting lesson from a local artist. No previous painting experience is required and attendees will leave with their very own piece of art, suitable for display at their home or office. Art with Heart is sponsored by the Foundation Partners Group.

The registration fees for the conference are:

On or before March 26

After March 26

NFDA member licensed funeral directors



Non-member licensed funeral directors



Non-funeral director



Second registrant from the same organization
(includes member, nonmember and non-funeral directors)



Mortuary science student



Art with Heart – Funeral Service Foundation Fund Day (optional)




For more information about the NFDA Professional Women's Conference or to register, visit

NFDA has arranged for a special room rate of $155 plus tax per night at the Westin Poinsett, downtown Greenville's only four-diamond hotel. Attendees must secure their rooms by March 26 in 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 1-800-Westin1 (1-800-937-7861). They should mention the "National Funeral Directors Association Professional Women's Conference" to receive the $155 room rate.

About the Host City, Greenville, S.C.

Greenville, S.C., was named the "Favorite Unexpected Vacation Destination" in the December 2012 issue of O Magazine. The headquarters hotel, the Westin Poinsett, is located in downtown Greenville. This lovely area will make any shopper feel at home. From quaint boutiques and eclectic shops to major retailers, you will find it all. After a successful day of shopping, enjoy amazing dining and Southern hospitality at one of Greenville's more than 100 restaurants.

The 2013 NFDA Professional Women's Conference is generously supported by Messenger, Foundation Partners Group, Nomis Publications Inc., Service Corporation International, Homesteaders Life Company, Kelco Supply Company, Funeral Home Gifts, National Mortuary Shipping and The Dodge Company.

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,