The world is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. How we navigate that reality is important for ourselves and our teams.

This February, Janice Honeycutt Hering, founder and CEO of Firecracker Leadership, will share tools to deal with the realities of our current work environments at the Cremation Association of North America’s 2024 Symposium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Honeycutt Hering is a performance-driven leader, coach and trainer. Her 30+-year track record of solid accomplishments in organizational change, leadership development and team effectiveness means she’ll communicate a masterful understanding of the challenges we are facing post-pandemic and how to lead well even when we don’t know the clear path forward.

“Those moments of uncertainty, awkwardness, or vulnerability are often the staging ground for personal and professional breakthroughs,” she said. “Leaning into discomfort might mean facing rejection, acknowledging your limitations, or confronting long-held fears. However, it’s precisely through these experiences that you cultivate resilience, build character, and discover untapped reservoirs of strength.” She’ll provide key insights into your tendencies and what your team members need, so you can walk away with tools to use immediately in your work and personal lives.

Honeycutt Hering’s session on Evolving Leadership: Stressors of our Time and How We Can Thrive Despite Them will open the Symposium. You will also hear from:

  • Liza Altenburg will share a suite of tools in Selling with Sensitivity to cultivate authentic and meaningful relationships during the arrangement conference.
  • The Supplier Solutions Panel will place innovation center stage with a broad spectrum of eco-conscious solutions from panelists, including Tim Collison of The Dodge Company, Darren Crouch of Passages International, August Esposito of Implant Recycling, Rachel Essig of The Green Burial Council, and Neil Sherrin of Plotbox.
  • Exploring Green Part 1 will feature Taelor Johnson, who will share practical tips on marketing and communications and Landon Elder of Starmark, who will debut the company’s new research on Ceremonial Rental Casket use.
  • In Exploring Green Part 2, Jessica Wakefield will describe the vision that went into launching SCI’s new holistic funeral home and Darren Crouch of Passages International will share a case-study on green options that raise the bottom line.
  • Lindsey Ballard of Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home and Nicki Mikolai of Resomation will co-facilitate a discussion among attendees Lessons Learned: Business and Marketing Strategies for Going Green — and offer their own experience on adding alkaline hydrolysis to a business.
  • The experience will wrap with everyone’s favorite Roundtable Discussions for open discussion with presenters and other attendees.

Plus, Honeycutt Hering will serve as event emcee with Leadership Lessons throughout the Symposium to keep you inspired. Throughout the experience, she’ll provide insights and tips on influence, developing others, measuring team performance and more.

Join CANA for the 2024 Cremation Symposium, Feb. 14-16, 2024 at The LINQ Hotel + Experience in Las Vegas. Visit and explore green solutions that work for your business and your families.

About CANA

Founded in 1913, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is an international organization of over 3,500 members, composed of funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories, industry suppliers, and consultants. CANA members believe that cremation is preparation for memorialization.

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