NFDA Goes Big in Boston for the 2017 International Convention & Expo
A Super Bowl champ. Dinner with the experts. The Great Big Giveaway. Five preconvention seminars. The best education sessions in the profession. The world’s largest expo. The NFDA International Convention & Expo is going big in 2017 so that you can take your business to new heights of success. Join your colleagues October 29-November 1 in Boston for this game-changing conference.
Keynote Speakers Offer Big-time Inspiration
John Maxwell: Everyone Communicates Few Connect (Opening General Session, October 30, 9:45-11:45 a.m.)
John C. Maxwell has been hailed as America’s leadership expert. In 2014, he was at the top of Inc. magazine’s Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts. Each year, he speaks to hundreds of thousands of people, and his bestselling books impact millions more.
As a leader, it’s not enough to work hard or do a great job. To be successful, leaders must learn how to communicate in a way that connects with others. Maxwell will reveal how to identify with people and relate to them in a way that increases influence with them, masterfully underscoring principles and practices to help attendees communicate at a level that runs far deeper than words.
Troy Aikman: Developing Your Inner Champion (Closing General Session, November 1, 1-2 p.m.)
Since retiring from the game, three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Troy Aikman has harnessed the drive and dedication that defined his career into numerous successful business ventures in broadcasting, real estate and The Troy Aikman Foundation.
Aikman joined the NFL on FOX full time as a game analyst and quickly displayed the accuracy and work ethic that marked his playing career, moving up to FOX’s number-one broadcast crew prior to the 2002 season. He’s received three Emmy nominations and has broadcast four Super Bowls.
During Aikman’s 12-year playing career, he set 45 Dallas Cowboys passing records and was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Witness Aikman’s natural leadership ability, innate talent and charisma during this engaging session in which he will share how attendees can develop their inner champion.
The General Session with Aikman is included with full and one-day Convention registration. Attendees can add lunch (from noon to 1 p.m.) and preferred seating for the Wednesday General Session to their registration for just $25 ($30 after September 22).
NEW! Don’t miss the Great Big Giveaway during this General Session. On Wednesday morning during Expo Hall hours, NFDA’s valued sponsors will be handing out tickets for a chance to win a variety of fabulous prizes (you must be present to win), and the winners will be announced during the session.
Unmatched Education Sessions Tackle Key Issues
You’ll find the education opportunities you need to build a thriving business that exceeds the expectations of your community at the 2017 NFDA Convention.
Education Session Sampling:
- Preconvention seminars: NFDA Arranger, Cremation Certification and Certified Preplanning Consultant training; celebrant training (presented by InSight Institute); and Embalming and Reconstructive Techniques for Trauma Cases presented by Vernie Fountain.
- A Father’s Reflection on the Value of Open-Casket Viewing (Shane A.S. Richie)
- Understanding Legal Issues in the Arrangement Conference (T. Scott Gilligan)
- Partnering With Your Local Donor Organization (Bob Arrington and Jill Grandas)
- Bringing Ritual to Cremation Arranging (Mike Nicodemus)
- The New American Way of Death Starts With Promoting Resilient Kids (Joe Primo)
- Special Wednesday afternoon session: Embalming 2.0: The Art of Clinical Care (Jeffrey Chancellor)
Innovation Flourishes at the Expo
The world’s largest funeral service trade show offers the newest and most exciting and innovative products, services and innovations from around the world.
Experience the new Campfire Exchange in the Expo Hall during Expo hours, where attendees can enjoy intimate, 20-minute, speaker-led sessions in a relaxed atmosphere complete with campfire treats.
Near the Campfire Exchange, attendees can also take a “Walk Through NFDA History,” a multimedia, interactive experience highlighting the rich history of NFDA conventions.
Creating Lifelong Memories
A lot of networking happens during workshops and in the Expo Hall, but NFDA’s exclusive special social events give attendees extra opportunities to start new friendships and renew old ones.
Boston is a mecca of colleges and universities, providing higher education to students from around the world. Celebrate the education you’ll gain this week while reconnecting with friends at NFDA’s collegiate-inspired Welcome Party on Sunday. Attendees are encouraged to don attire from their favorite college or university.
Before heading to the Welcome Party, those attending convention for the very first time should stop by the new First-time Attendee Reception. There, they can meet other first-time attendees and NFDA staff – and enjoy a cocktail – before the main event.
Not to be missed: the annual Habitat for Humanity project on Saturday, annual Golf Classic to benefit the Funeral Service Foundation on Sunday and a night of giggles, chuckles and guffaws during the Funeral Directors Under 40 Party at Laugh Boston on Tuesday.
Cast off with colleagues for a dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Boston, the closing celebration for the 2017 Convention. Enjoy breathtaking views, dinner, music and dancing while sailing Boston’s famous harbor on Wednesday.
Break bread at a local Boston eatery with an intimate group of fellow attendees and one of this year’s Convention speakers. On Monday, you could dine with embalming expert Vernie Fountain or consumer behavior experts Georganne Bender and Rich Kizer. On Tuesday, you could share a meal with embalming expert Wally Hooker. Interested attendees should sign up early as seats will fill up quickly.
Celebrate the shining stars of funeral service during the All-Star Recognition Ceremony on Monday, during which NFDA will recognize funeral professionals who are NFDA Certified Crematory Operators and Preplanning Consultants, recipients of the International Professional Achievement Certificate or APFSP Certified Funeral Service Practitioners. NFDA will also recognize funeral homes that have earned an NFDA Green Funeral Practice Certificate or a 2017 NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award.
In 2013, people of all faiths came together to help their city heal following the Boston Marathon bombing. In this same spirit of unity, the NFDA Service of Remembrance on Tuesday will highlight the United States’ rich Judeo-Christian heritage. The service will both explain and demonstrate the meaning behind various religious rituals and traditions through which generations have found comfort and strength to cope in times of loss. As is NFDA’s tradition, attendees will also honor the memory of colleagues and friends who have died during the last year.
Up-to-the-minute information about the 2017 NFDA International Convention & Expo, including information on how to register and make hotel reservations, is available at nfda.org/boston2017.