Revolutionary Learning. Evolutionary Practice. November 15-17 Boston, MA

  • Opening General Session

  • Thursday, November 15
    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Hall B2

    Roy Spence

    The popular Opening General Session brings everyone together to celebrate the speech, language, and hearing professional community and to kick off the ASHA Convention. You'll be welcomed by ASHA President Elise Davis-McFarland, who will share her insights about the state of the discipline. Then, Convention co-chairs Melissa Jakubowitz and Sharon Sandridge will preview what's in store for you in Boston this year—including special sessions, new events, and other not-to-be-missed activities.

    We are excited to welcome Roy Spence as our keynote speaker this year. Spence is co-founder and CEO of The Purpose Institute, which helps organizations and individuals discover, articulate, and bring to life their deeper purpose in the world. The Purpose Institute seeks to help others identify and fulfill their own purpose. Spence is also an author; his recent The 10 Essential Hugs of Life is a collection of heartwarming reminders about the need for gratitude, love, and goodness.

    Spence asserts that a key part of purpose is figuring out what you love to do and what you’re good at, because this self-knowledge will inform your purpose in life. Audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists are drawn to the professions by a deep sense of wanting to help others and the challenge of unlocking communication access for all, whether through direct client treatment, research, or teaching the next generation of communication sciences and disorders professionals. With this foundation, Spence understands that ASHA members are difference-makers and possessing that fundamental purpose can lead to significant personal fulfillment and career satisfaction. Spence’s message will spark or renew your desire to lead an extraordinary life through your professional and personal sense of purpose.

    Join us on Thursday morning for an energizing and encouraging Opening General Session where Roy Spence will inspire your purpose in the world as a CSD professional. This event kicks off the ASHA Convention and will get you enthused and excited about the next 3 days!

    Sponsored by Pearson