Receptions and Open Houses

There are many ways to add some fun to your professional development at the ASHA Conventionrelax 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.

Wednesday, November 17

ASHA-PAC Reception (Ticketed)
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
MiXX and Mingle
Renaissance Washington DC Downtown
999 Ninth St, NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

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.

Thursday, November 18

ASHFoundation Awards Celebration Watch Party: A Hybrid Event (Ticketed)
7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Planet Word Museum, Great Hall*
925 13th St, NW
Washington, D.C., 20005

Join the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation for an extraordinary night 75 years in the making! The ASHFoundation will mark their Diamond Anniversary with a celebration of their 2021 Annual Awards announcements on Thursday evening. Join them in person at the Planet Word Museum or virtually as ASHFoundation Trustees honor the 2021 award recipients and celebrate the ASHFoundation’s incredible 75-year legacy of changing people’s lives through inspiration and innovation.

Tickets are $75 per person for those attending in-person and $20 per person for those joining virtually and may be purchased through registration. Tickets are non-refundable. In-person tickets are available as supplies last.

 (*The ASHFoundation will send further information about participating, whether in person or virtual, to all ticketholders as available. You may contact the ASHFoundation team with questions about the event at

International Reception
7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Renaissance Washington DC Downtown
999 Ninth St, NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

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.

Multicultural Concerns Collective (MC2)
8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C., Mezzanine Foyer
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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 19

Open Houses (Academic and Affiliated Organizations)
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 deadline to request space was August 31; late requests will be scheduled as space allows.

Saturday, November 20

ASHA Leadership Q&A: A Membership Chat With the Board
12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Level 1, Salon G

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. Pick up a feedback form at the ASHA Member Services Center to fill out and bring to the Leadership Q&A and come with your questions, concerns, and ideas.

Retirement Celebration in Honor of ASHA CEO Arlene Pietranton, PhD, CAE
6:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C., Mezzanine Foyer
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Stop by to share your well wishes for ASHA’s long-time CEO, Arlene Pietranton, as we celebrate her upcoming retirement.

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