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.
    Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Ballroom East

    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.
    MJ O'Connor's at the Westin Boston Waterfront

    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

    ASHA Public Relations Reception
    5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, North Lobby (Level 1)

    Take the opportunity to mingle with colleagues and ASHA Public Relations (PR) staff to learn about how ASHA PR is working for you at our reception on Thursday evening. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. 

    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. – 9:30 p.m.
    Fenway Park, Boston

    Experience the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation's own field of dreams in the iconic setting of Boston's Fenway Park! In operation since the early 1900s, Fenway Park is the oldest ballpark in Major League baseball, on the National Register of Historic Places, and one of the most well-known sports venues in the world. Guests will enjoy an extraordinary after hours event exclusive to our professional community with delicious food, drink, entertainment, and friendship in celebration of the ASHFoundation's mission. This ticketed event is a team tribute to the ASHFoundation's support of innovators—our "superstars"—who are changing lives. Step up to the plate, reserve your tickets, and help us hit a home run for our fundraising!

    Tickets are $125 per person (nonrefundable) and may be purchased through Registration. Proceeds for the ASHFoundation Fundraiser Reception, traditionally held at a unique and elegant location in our host city, support research and scholarship programs.

    International Reception
    7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Westin Boston Waterfront, Marina II/III

    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.

    NSSLHA Par-tay!
    7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Seaport Hotel, Seaport Ballroom boujee party here. Instead, we're going to par-tay like only #aud2b and #slp2b peeps can! Nosh on some tasty treats and hang with other CSD students who can share insights and, well, commiserate, on our rigorous schedules! And, 'cause we love you, the price is FREE! Can you say par-tay?!?
    Sponsored by EBS and ETS

    Multicultural Concerns Collective (MC2)
    8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Westin Boston Waterfront, Sauciety

    Join us for this lively and enlightening networking reception. You'll have an opportunity to connect with participants in this year's Minority Student Leadership Program, and colleagues from the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH), the L’GASP-LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender), Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian Indian Caucuses and Native American Caucuses. We hope to see everyone there!

    Friday, November 16

    Audiology SIGnificant Luncheon
    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

    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!
    Sponsored by TIMS Software and Hamilton Captel

    Social Media Meet Up/Tweet Up
    5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Aloft Boston Seaport, The Social Register
    401-403 D Street

    Get social with other #SLPeeps and #AUDpeeps at the ASHA Convention Social Media Meet Up. Enjoy light snacks, and win prizes!
    Sponsored by Simucase

    "Hear, Here!" Audiology Open House
    8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    Westin Boston Waterfront, Burroughs

    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!
    Sponsored by the Educational Audiology Association, Phonak, Oticon, Hamilton Captel, and Westone

    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. View the list of open houses [PDF] to be held (as of November 6).

    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.