Education Education Professional Development in 2021: At Your Pace, On Your Schedule By Emilie Perkins, Education & Events Director 2020 brought new challenges and course corrections we had not anticipated. As we start 2021, OGR is committed to providing you with the professional development opportunities that address the challenges that independently owned funeral homes face and prepare you for the next stages of funeral service. After all, we have had over 90 years of experience serving professionals just like you. Now more than ever we need to connect – not just as funeral service professionals, but as a community. OGR has designed a year’s worth of professional development and connection specifically with this in mind. We know you have a choice when it comes to where you spend your time and money, and as your partner in excellence we want to be your go-to for the latest in innovation. In 2021 our promise to you is: • Webinar Series: OGR is gathering topics and trends that are most relevant to you. From important HR and workplace topics such as navigating difficult conversations, to what is new and now in the industry. OGR is willing to have the tough conversations in order to provide you with the practical advice you need to thrive in 2021. We know that your time is at a premium, so we want to allow for the flexibility to access content either live or on demand, so these will all be available in our Learning Library after they are broadcast live. All live broadcasts will be at 3 p.m. ET. » Feb. 23: The Relevance of Restorative Art » Human Resources Roundup * March 30: Implicit Bias - Why What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You * May 25: How to Have Tough Conversations - From How to Dress Professionally to Employee Safety 6 www.ogr.org | Winter 2021 * June 29: A Guide to Navigating the Generation Gap * July 27: Filling Your HR Toolbox - From Job Descriptions to Best Practices » Aug. 24: New & Now in Funeral Service - Top 10 Trends You Can’t Afford to Ignore • Digital Dialogue podcast series: Industry leaders discuss the latest developments and trends in the death care industry in a series of six podcasts all available free of charge, on-demand via OGR’s new online Learning Library. • Summer YP event: This summer, OGR will bring together members who are not yet in primary decision-making roles at their funeral homes, regardless of age, for a day and a half of professional development and networking. • Leadership summit: This event will be designed specifically for owners, managers and others who are in primary decision-making roles at their funeral homes • Revamped peer-to-peer connections: As always, you can expect to see Study Groups and other invitationals like the annual pheasant hunt, but we are adding new Special Interest Groups designed with you in mind as well! • Learning Library: OGR is excited to announce this new member benefit - an on-demand digital storehouse featuring the top-rated content from the Annual Conference, past webinars, podcasts and more. l arning e library

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