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.

Special Interest Group Open House and Networking Meetings

Each of ASHA's 20 SIGs hosts a social gathering for professional networking in the SIG’s topic area(s). 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.

Wednesday, December 4

First-Timers' Welcome
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)
6:30 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

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.

ASHFoundation Awards and Fundraiser Reception (Ticketed)

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)

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

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

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.

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. The list of open houses and their locations will be available through the Program Planner and ASHA Convention mobile app in November.

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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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