There are many ways to add some fun to your professional development at the ASHA Convention—relax and connect with colleagues and friends at these social events.
Some events may require tickets (as noted); tickets may be purchased or reserved through registration.
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Join us in the Exhibit Hall to catch up with friends and colleagues and mingle with exhibitors. This event provides dedicated time to check out the exhibiting companies and socialize before sessions begin on Thursday. Light refreshments will be available. The Welcome Reception is open to all full registrants.
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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)
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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 contribution or may be purchased (as available) at the door. Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
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 is needed.
ASHFoundation Awards and Fundraiser Reception (Ticketed)
7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Enjoy a night filled with celebration, great food, and an even greater spirit of community—all while supporting the ASHFoundation’s innovation mission to change people’s lives.
Tickets are nonrefundable and may be purchased through Registration as supplies last. Proceeds support the ASHFoundation's innovation mission to change people's lives.
Multicultural Concerns Collective (MC2)
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
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.
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Snack on some tasty treats and hang out with other CSD students who can share insights and commiserate on their rigorous schedules! The NSSLHA Party is free to all.
ASHA Leadership Q&A: A Membership Chat With the Board
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
The ASHA Leadership Q&A: A Membership Chat With the Board, formerly the ASHA Member Forum, provides an opportunity for you to meet with the ASHA Board of Directors and staff to learn about organization objectives and initiatives. You are also invited to offer feedback on the direction and activities of the Association. Come to the Leadership Q&A with your questions, concerns, and ideas.
"Hear, Here!" Audiology Open House
8:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Following the Awards Ceremony, all audiologists and audiology students attending the in-person ASHA Convention are invited to this free sponsored reception. Enjoy light appetizers while mingling with your peers.
Open Houses (Academic and Affiliated Organizations)
8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Many colleges and universities, and affiliated organizations, traditionally hold open houses following the Awards Ceremony on Friday evening. Affiliate groups may request function space for receptions or open houses. The list of open houses and their locations will be available through the Program Planner and ASHA Convention mobile app in November.
ASHA holds extra function space during the ASHA Convention to support affiliate organizations that would like to host meetings or receptions in conjunction with our event.