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

  • Receptions and Open Houses

  • A number of social events provide time for attendees to relax and connect with colleagues and friends. From the Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall to networking meet-ups for specialty groups, there are many ways to add some fun to your professional development at the ASHA Convention.

    Some events may require tickets (as noted); tickets may be purchased or reserved through Registration.

    Wednesday, November 14

    First-Timers' Welcome
    5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Location TBA

    Is this your first ASHA Convention? Come to this popular gathering to get an overview of our annual event and to preview programs and activities slated for the next three days. You'll have an opportunity to meet the ASHA president and Convention co-chairs, as well as other ASHA staff and volunteer representatives who can provide answers and guidance for your first ASHA Convention. The First-Timers' Welcome is also a great opportunity to connect with others attending for the first time. Enjoy light refreshments.

    ASHA-PAC Reception (Ticketed)
    5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Location TBA

    All ASHA members are invited to spend the evening with the ASHA-PAC Board. This special event benefits the ASHA Political Action Committee, which serves as the political voice of the audiology and speech-language pathology professions on Capitol Hill. Tickets are available through registration only to ASHA members for a $60* contribution or may be purchased (as available) at the door. Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

    *All new ASHA-PAC contributors who attend the event only pay $30 at the door!

    Thursday, November 15

    Audiology SIGnificant Luncheon
    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Location TBA

    Are you interested in ASHA's audiology Special Interest Groups (SIGs)? Audiology members and audiology students attending the ASHA Convention, as well as SIG 6, 7, 8, and 9 affiliates, are invited to an exclusive luncheon. Mix and mingle with like-minded professionals, and enter a drawing for one of 16 free SIG memberships. Seating at this free lunch is limited, so plan to arrive early!

    Welcome Reception
    5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Exhibit Hall A

    Join us in the Exhibit Hall to catch up with friends and colleagues and mingle with exhibitors. This reception provides dedicated time to check out the exhibiting companies, socialize, and network, all while recharging your battery with light snacks and a cash bar before you head to the Twilight Sessions. The Welcome Reception is open to all fully registered attendees; guest tickets are available so friends and family can join the fun.

    ASHFoundation Fundraiser Reception (Ticketed)
    7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Location TBA

    Proceeds for the ASHFoundation Reception, traditionally held at a unique and elegant location in our host city, support ASHFoundation research and scholarship programs. Tickets (nonrefundable) may be purchased through Registration.

    International Reception
    7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Location TBA

    Welcome, international participants! Please join ASHA leadership and international staff for the annual International Reception and enjoy networking and mingling with your colleagues from around the world. Your international colleagues look forward to meeting you! Cash bar. No RSVP needed.

    Friday, November 16

    "Hear, Here!" Audiology Open House
    8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    Location TBA

    ASHA, in partnership with the Boston audiology community, is excited to host this unique gathering of audiologists and audiology students! This special open house will follow the ASHA Awards Ceremony. Stop by to network with your colleagues and enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres and limited free drinks. It's the largest event for audiologists at the 2018 ASHA Convention!

    Open Houses (Academic and Affiliated Organizations)
    8:30 p.m. – midnight
    Westin Boston Waterfront, various rooms

    A number of colleges and universities, and affiliated organizations, traditionally hold open houses following the Awards Ceremony on Friday evening. The schedule and locations of the open houses will be available in October.

    Saturday, November 17

    Closing Party (Ticketed)
    6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    New England Aquarium
    1 Central Wharf

    The ASHA Convention concludes with a party at the New England Aquarium where you can relax and celebrate another great year with friends and colleagues. Enjoy light fare and a cocktail while you stroll through the aquarium and learn about sea creatures and their underwater ecosystems. Tickets may be purchased through Registration as supplies last—the Closing Party is a popular event! Limited shuttle service will be available to make travel back to hotels convenient.