8 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast
Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
"Girls Don't Whistle"
Vera believes stimulating greater empathy and building trust are major keys for opening doors bolted by biases, fear, and ignorance. She examines the stages of distrust and how to communicate truth to dismantle it. This session is particularly relevant and empowering for women looking to overcome imposter syndrome and other limitations in leadership and in life.
9:45 – 10 a.m.
10 – 11:30 a.m.
“The Meaning of Success”
Special Guests from the Funeral Service Industry
In this world of shifting paradigms, the definition of success is an ever-evolving notion. So, what does “success” mean in 2023 in Funeral Service and Deathcare? How are women and non-binary industry professionals finding it while incorporating the daily challenges “real life” throws at them? Join us as we recognize examples of “success” in our industry, including NFDA’s inaugural Inspiration Award winner, and learn from a special guest panel, moderated by Vera Jones, how to better define how to achieve “wins” amidst the sacrifices and challenges present in today’s changing marketplace.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
“Owning Your History. Cultivating Your Future.”
Erin Creger & Honnalora Hubbard
“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience” ~Paulo Coelho
Your life has been full of experiences, some good, and some bad. What if we told you that you can weave them all together allowing you to own your history, and use it as a foundation to drive your life forward? Not just to move forward but to move upward towards the life and career that all of your experiences have been preparing you for. You’ve already done the hard part, living your history. Now it’s time to do the fun part, creating your future!
2 - 2:15 p.m.
2:15 – 3:45 p.m.
“It’s Not a Competition!”
A “competition mentality” among colleagues inhibits opportunities to support and collaborate with one another. This is often the reality for female and nonbinary funeral service professionals. During this highly interactive session, with many opportunities for small group dialogue and sharing, attendees will uncover why this competition mentality exists and how they can break the cycle to improve communication and working relationships with fellow female and nonbinary colleagues.
3:45 - 4:00 p.m.