52 • 2018 ASHA CONVENTION PROGRAM BOOK Empowerment Zone In the ASHA Empowerment Zone, we can help you identify and sharpen your social, political, and personal advocacy skills! The education program offered at the ASHA Convention will help you improve your clinical skills and expand your professional knowledge base, but what about other intangible skills that can help you be more effective in your professional and personal life? For example, would you like to learn how to advocate more effectively on behalf of your clients, students, or colleagues? Or, do you need some tips on how to speak out on issues you care about in your life outside work? ASHA members are caring, compassionate, concerned, and committed citizens, but the new issues and new calls to action bombarding us each day can become overwhelming. The Empowerment Zone is here to help you rise to the challenge and find a way to make a meaningful difference in a way that feels right to you. Featuring representation from ASHA’s volunteer leadership, ASHA staff members, and other experts, we will guide you through filtering and elevating the issues you care about most, and we’ll show you ways to make your message impactful. Join us in the Empowerment Zone to share your story, tell us what you care about, channel your passion, and find your personal path to action! Advocacy Advocacy comes in many shapes and forms! Whether the issues you are most passionate about are on the federal, state or local level, related to your career or your personal life, we can help you find the most productive way to channel your energy to make a difference. Stop by to take the advocacy style quiz and to find tools and resources to take the next steps toward advocating for the issues you care about most. Early Career Resources ASHA defines early-career professionals (ECPs) as members aged 30 or under and/or with five years’ experience or less in the CSD professions. Visit the ECP Clubhouse in the Empowerment Zone to meet and network with other ECPs and ASHA staff, and learn about initiatives we’re working on for ASHA ECPs. Leadership Skills Learn about the many pathways to leadership, either in your workplace or as an ASHA volunteer leader! Explore opportuni- ties offered through the newly launched Leadership Academy, complete a brief self‑assessment of your leadership skills, as well as an assessment of your primary leadership style to help further empower your career, or receive tips about how to enhance your current skills. The Leadership Skills Empowerment Station also has information about various programs including the Leadership Development Program (LDP) and the Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP). Media Training ASHA’s Public Relations staff is here to give you grassroots guidance on how to raise your profile within your social, career and community network through local media engagement. Learn more about what the media wants; where, how, and when to begin media outreach; and how to use national news developments to make local news. You can also receive tips for successful media interviews and conduct practice interviews. Learn how to be a media-savvy pro! Tech & Social Media Tools Bring your smartphone, tablet, or other tech device to the Tech & Social Media Tools station to learn about technology trends in a friendly, hands-on, one-on-one environment for all generations. Tech gurus will demonstrate cool new gadgets that can help make your day more productive. We can show you how to use the ASHA Convention app and the ASHA Communities website so you can jump into lively online discussions about professional topics. You can also learn tips for updating your LinkedIn profile to stand out from the crowd. From the techie to the techno-phobic, this lounge is for you! Wednesday, November 14 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Thursday, November 15 7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. CC, HALL A Friday, November 16 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 17 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.