Receptions and Open Houses

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.

Request Function Space for Affiliate Meetings and Events

We hold extra function space during the ASHA Convention to support affiliate organizations that would like to host meetings or receptions in conjunction with our event. Learn more about the guidelines and submit a space request for your group.

Our Convention Campus

The 2024 ASHA Convention will be spread across several facilities, which are not connected. We will have plenty of guidance on hand to help you get where you need to go, but always be sure to check the Program Planner and mobile app for the exact location of activities.

The Seattle Convention Center is comprised of two buildings:

  • The Arch building is at 705 Pike Street.
  • The Summit building is at 900 Pine Street, approximately two blocks away from Arch.

Some activities will also be held at our Co-Leadership hotels:

  • The Hyatt Regency Seattle is at 808 Howell Street.
  • The Sheraton Grand Seattle, is at 1400 Sixth Avenue.

If you have a mobility challenge, scooter and wheelchair rentals are available through Scootaround to help you get around at the ASHA Convention.

Wednesday, December 4

First-Timers' Tour

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join ASHA staff on Wednesday afternoon for a tour of the Seattle Convention Center to get the lay of the land before the Convention begins. 

First-Timers' Welcome Receptions (Professionals and Students)

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Is this your first ASHA Convention? Come to these popular gatherings 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 Receptions are also a great opportunity to connect with others attending for the first time. Enjoy light refreshments.

ASHA-PAC Reception (Ticketed)

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Please join the ASHA Political Action Committee Board in honoring our 2024 ASHA-PAC Excellence in Advocacy Honorees at the ASHA-PAC Reception. This special event benefits the ASHA-PAC, 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.

Thursday, December 5

Special Interest Group (SIG) Open House

Join ASHA's 20 SIGs for a professional networking and social gathering. Hear updates about what the SIGs have accomplished in the last year and enjoy some refreshments. These free events are open to all current SIG affiliates and anyone else who would like to meet SIG volunteers, ask questions about the SIGs, and share ideas. (Individual SIG events may also be held during the ASHA Convention; please refer to the Meetings & Social listings the Program Planner or ASHA Convention mobile app for additional details.)

International Reception

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.

An Evening with the ASHFoundation: Elevating Possibilities Through Innovation (Ticketed)

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

W Seattle Hotel
1112 4th Avenue

Join the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation for an inspiring Evening with the ASHFoundation: Elevating Possibility Through Innovation to celebrate the achievements of the 2024 cohort of research grant, scholarship, and clinical award recipients. Indulge in delicious food, snap a picture in a photo booth or participate in a silent auction, and enjoy a night of celebration. This special event promises to be an unforgettable experience, showcasing innovation and excellence in the field. Don't miss this opportunity to support and honor these exceptional individuals. We look forward to seeing you there!

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)

Join us for this lively and enlightening networking reception. You'll have an opportunity to connect with members of the Multicultural Issues Board, colleagues from the Multicultural Constituency Groups, and participants in this year's Minority Student Leadership Program. Sponsored by Presence and Stepping Stones Group.

NSSLHA Awards and Celebration

Join us as we celebrate the 2023–2024 NSSLHA Honors awardees. Enjoy light refreshments and beverages as we celebrate students, chapters, and advisors at this free event.

Friday, December 6

Audiology and Hearing-Related SIGnificant Luncheon

Learn about ASHA Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and meet new colleagues at this sponsored luncheon. Seating will be limited, so plan to arrive early!

"Hear, Here!" Audiology Open House

Following the Awards Ceremony, all audiologists and audiology students attending the 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.
Various Locations

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. Please refer to the Meetings & Social listings the Program Planner or ASHA Convention mobile app in November for the list of open houses and their locations.

Saturday, December 7

ASHA Leadership Q&A: A Membership Chat With the Board

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Seattle Convention Center, Arch/800 Pike, Level 3, Tahoma 3-4

The ASHA Leadership Q&A: A Membership Chat With the Board 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.

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About ASHA

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology assistants; and students.

About the Convention

The ASHA Convention is one of the largest professional development events for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; and speech-language pathology and audiology assistants. Bringing together approximately 15,000 attendees, the annual Convention offers more than 2,500 sessions eligible for ASHA continuing education credit covering the latest research, clinical skills, and techniques in communication sciences and disorders.

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