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2016 Call for Presentation

The 2016 Call for Presentations closed Monday, November 2. Thank you to those who have submitted proposals.

NFDA is looking for thought-provoking, innovative, and practical 2016 Convention educational sessions that will focus on helping funeral businesses achieve higher levels of performance and service to families. Sessions will provide interactive opportunities for learning and include how-to content, best business practices, and diversity of perspective.

Basic information you will need to complete your submission:

  • Presenter bio
  • Presentation experience
  • Topic area/s session applies to
  • Session title (12 word limit)
  • Session description
  • Session business benefits (program objectives)
  • Brief session outline
  • Types of interactivity
  • Session length (1 or 2-hour)

Topic Areas

  • Business Management & Operations
    May be funeral home, crematory, cemetery business related topics such as communications, ethics, facility/grounds design/maintenance, finances, generational issues, green business practices, human resources and workforce development, marketing, merchandising, performance measurement, public relations, preneed, societal responsibilities, strategic planning, succession planning, trends
  • Customer Service
    Such as arrangement strategies, including cremation and preneed, communication skills, diversity and multicultural competency, green funerals, memorialization options, natural burial, personalization, serving changing client families
  • Grief & Bereavement
    Such as aftercare, caregiver care, concepts/theories of grief, continuum of service, hospice, resources, role of funeral director/staff
  • Legal & Regulatory
    Such as ADA, DOL, EPA, FTC Funeral Rule, OSHA, etc.; compliance, due diligence, current issues, liability
  • Technical Skills
    Such as alternative preservation techniques, cosmetology, embalming, restorative art, special cases, trauma embalming
  • Technology
    Such as internal business systems, mobile marketing, social media, using technology to stay competitive, websites and website marketing
  • Professional Development
    Such as coaching/team management skills, consultative sales skills, interpersonal skills, leadership development, supervisory skills


NFDA is the leading and largest funeral director association in the world. Attendees at the NFDA Convention are primarily licensed funeral directors. Over 55 percent of CE session attendees are business owners; another 34 percent are managers. Crematories are owned by over 55 percent of convention attendees, and 24 percent offer green funeral options to families. About 15 percent of session attendees are international members of NFDA. In their search for solutions to deal with today’s business challenges, over 90 percent of session attendees choose particular sessions because of the topic.

Presenter Benefits

  • Opportunity to influence the practice of funeral service and to enhance the future of the profession
  • Promotion of presenter’s credentials on the NFDA website, in Convention programs, and in print and electronic marketing materials including the NFDA 2016 Convention App
  • Recognition of presenter’s subject matter expertise by NFDA
  • Full complimentary registration to the 2016 NFDA International Convention & Expo in Philadelphia

NFDA does not pay per diem, honoraria or expenses for session presenters. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions.

Selection Criteria

Educational sessions cannot be used to market specific commercial products or services or for the sale or distribution of promotional materials.

Members of the 2016 NFDA Professional Development Committee will review fully-completed non-commercial proposals that meet submission requirements and will select sessions based on but not limited to the following selection criteria.

  • Presentation offers relevant new ideas, tools or strategies for business and service improvement and growth
  • Clarity of written proposal responses
  • Learning objectives clearly stated
  • Quality of proposer’s credentials, knowledge of the subject matter, and professional experience
  • Past NFDA Convention presenter evaluation ratings when applicable
  • Content contributes to overall balance of 2016 Convention programming

Selection Notification

All proposers will be notified of Committee decisions via email in December, 2015. 

If you have questions regarding the NFDA Call for Presentations process,  email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .