New Licensees Encouraged to Enter for 2018 Meet the Mentors Program
For Immediate Release: December 22, 2017
Brookfield, Wis. – The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) is now accepting entries for a chance to participate in the 2018 Meet the Mentors program, March 11-13, 2018, at the Emory Conference Center Hotel, located on the campus of Emory University, in Atlanta, Ga. Meet the Mentors has been wholly funded by the Funeral Service Foundation since the program’s 2011 inception.
During Meet the Mentors, 50 funeral professionals who are age 40 or under or new to the profession (first licensed within the last five years) will have an opportunity to meet, learn from and talk with innovative and successful funeral professionals. It’s also an opportunity to network and form relationships with other new professionals.
Meet the Mentors attendees will spend time with some of the country’s most respected funeral professionals: Matthew Baskerville, CFSP, CPC, CCO, owner of Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Homes, which has locations in Coal City, Gardner, Morris and Wilmington, Ill; and Erlinda Valdez, general manager of Wallin Funeral Homes, which has locations in Sanger, Fowler, Riverdale and Parlier, Calif. Baskerville is a 2013 Meet the Mentors alum. Baskerville and Valdez will be joined by a third mentor who will be announced by NFDA in the weeks to come.
During the program, the mentors will share practical career advice and lessons they have learned while building rewarding and fulfilling careers in funeral service. Attendees will be able to network with the mentors and their fellow mentees during small group discussions, interactive exercises, and other meals and activities.
“I learned a lot, not only from the speakers, but from speaking with the other participants as well,” said a participant in last year’s Meet the Mentors program. “I think a lot of funeral directors often do not communicate with others in the industry, so you get used to the way that you do things, but you can really learn a lot from hearing how others run their business.”
“Thank you,” said another 2017 mentee. “What an amazing opportunity NFDA provides. Meet the Mentors was inspirational and educational. I am grateful I was able to attend.”
There is no cost to participate in the Meet the Mentors program itself. The Funeral Service Foundation’s grant provides exclusive, career-transforming access to three mentors, and covers attendees’ registration fees, two nights’ lodging and select meals (reception and dinner on March 11; breakfast, lunch and dinner on March 12; and breakfast and lunch on March 13). The 50 individuals selected to attend only pay for their transportation to the program.
More than 600 young professionals and emerging leaders have benefited from the Meet the Mentors program, which underscores the Foundation’s mission to support funeral service in building meaningful relationships with the families and communities it serves. The program is part of the Foundation ‘45 Awards, which are designed to transform the careers of funeral service professionals through scholarships, awards, resources and mission-focused outreach.
The names of the 50 participants will be randomly drawn from among all who enter via the NFDA website, www.nfda.org/mentors. Entries will be accepted through midnight CST January 5, 2018. Entrants must be NFDA members in good standing, licensed funeral directors and/or embalmers, and age 40 or under or new to the profession (first licensed within the last five years).
The names of the 50 participants will be drawn the week of January 22, 2018, from among all entries received. The names of 10 attendees will be revealed every day, Monday through Friday via the NFDA website and social media channels.
Complete details about the NFDA Meet the Mentors program, including all eligibility requirements and an event schedule, can be found on the NFDA website, www.nfda.org/mentors. Members can call NFDA at 800-228-6332 with questions.
NFDA is the world’s leading and largest funeral service association, serving 19,700 individual members who represent more than 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 39 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 www.nfda.org.
Since 1945, the Funeral Service Foundation has served as the profession’s philanthropic voice. As the charitable arm of the National Funeral Directors Association since 1997, the Foundation receives operational support from NFDA and donors across the profession to help advance its mission to support funeral service in building meaningful relationships with the families and the communities it serves.
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