Convention Activities and Events

Schedule at a Glance—The Schedule at a Glance provides a helpful overview of what's happening each day during the ASHA Convention in Philadelphia.

Meetings—A number of ASHA board, committee and council meetings, affiliate meetings, and Open Houses and receptions are held during the ASHA Convention. The schedule of meetings will be available in late October.

Lounges—Various themed lounges will be located in the Exhibit Hall and the Poster Hall. Plan to stop by the lounges to chat with ASHA staff and volunteer leaders or use them to rest and relax between visiting with exhibitors or viewing posters.

Audiology—View the various audiology-focused events that will be taking place over the three days of the ASHA Convention. These events are a great opportunity to connect with colleagues in ASHA's audiology community.

Wednesday, November 16

Pre-Convention events on Wednesday provide the opportunity to earn additional CEUs through special symposia or workshops. Social activities will also be offered, including the First-Timers' Orientation and the popular Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall. Tickets for these events are available through registration (some activities may carry an additional fee).

Pre-Convention Workshops

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Several CEU-eligible workshops are offered on Wednesday afternoon. Choose one of the workshops to extend your learning at the ASHA Convention. Tickets (additional fee) for the pre-Convention workshops may be purchased when registering for the Convention. You may still purchase tickets to attend the pre-Convention workshops even if you do not plan to attend the Convention.

First-Timers' Welcome

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Convention Center, Grand Ballroom A

Is the 2016 Convention your first? Come to this popular gathering to learn about the Convention and to preview programs and activities slated for the next three days. You'll have an opportunity to meet ASHA President Jaynee Handelsman and Convention Co-Chairs Michael Flahive and Tucker Gleason, as well as other ASHA representatives. Enjoy light refreshments.

ASHA-PAC Reception

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Bank & Bourbon at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street

ASHA members are invited to spend the evening with the ASHA-PAC Board at Bank & Bourbon. Bank & Bourbon features an innovative barrel-aging program for house aged liquors and creative cocktails under the guidance of experienced Bourbon Master Paul Zuber, and an inherently American menu by celebrated Executive Chef Thomas Harkins that offers creative, seasonal interpretations of classic dishes—all in a comfortable, relaxed setting. 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. A suggested donation of $60 is appreciated.* Purchase your tickets in advance through registration or purchase tickets, as available, at the door.

Early-Career Professional Networking Reception

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Convention Center, Room 204 C

ASHA defines early-career professionals (ECPs) as members aged 30 or under and/or with five years' experience or less in the CSD profession. ASHA ECPs attending convention are invited to attend the Early Career Professional Networking Reception. Meet and network with fellow ASHA ECPs, as well as ASHA volunteer leadership. Please RSVP your attendance to [email protected] by October 20, 2016, and indicate "ECP Reception" in the subject line. The reception is hosted by ASHA's Ad Hoc Committee on the Next Generation.

Thursday, November 17

Opening General Session

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Convention Center, Hall A

The Opening General Session begins the ASHA Convention on Thursday morning and features energizing addresses by the ASHA President, Convention Co-Chairs, and special keynote speaker, Drew Dudley. You won't want to miss it!

Welcome Reception

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Convention Center, Hall CDE

Join us in the exhibit hall on Thursday evening to catch up with friends and colleagues, and mingle with exhibitors. This upbeat reception provides dedicated time to check out the exhibiting companies, socialize and network, all while recharging your battery with light snacks and a cash bar before you head to the Twilight Sessions. The welcome reception is open to all fully registered attendees; guest tickets are available so friends and family can join the fun.

​IPE/IPP Reception

Thursday, November 17
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Convention Center, Hall E, Booth 2018

Join your colleagues for light refreshment, networking, and new resources at the IPE/IPP Reception in the Audiology and SLP Advocacy/Practice/Reimbursement Lounge.

Reception at the PR Lounge

Thursday, November 17
5:30 p.m.
Convention Center, 200 Level, Grand Hall

Join ASHA Public Relations for food and networking in the PR Lounge on Thursday evening. You can learn more about the association's public relations work and how you can get involved, including in the Value of the CCCs campaign. During the reception, there will be a drawing for multiple iPad minis for those members who decide to star in their own Value of the CCCs campaign ad during the ASHA Convention (back by popular demand this year)! Photos for the ads will be taken during Exhibit Hall hours in the PR Lounge.

Party at the Market

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Reading Terminal Market (next to the Pennsylvania Convention Center)

With special support from EBS Healthcare. EBS Healthcare

Share your love for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation in the City of Brotherly Love and join us at the Reading Terminal Market for an evening of delicious food, drink, entertainment and friendship to celebrate the ASHFoundation's 70th anniversary and Philadelphia’s extraordinary historic public market. Established in 1892, the Reading Terminal Market is the nation's oldest continuously operating farmers' market, housing a host of local merchants and a daily throng of visitors. Selected Reading Market vendors will delight your palate with local delicacies, small bites and an open bar during this private after-hours event. Be intrigued as a local cheese monger demonstrates the art of pulling mozzarella and enjoy the festive atmosphere as we salute the ASHFoundation's 70 years of giving. Located adjacent to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Party at the Market is a "don't miss" event.

Tickets (non-refundable) for this event cost $70 and may be purchased through registration. Proceeds go to the ASHFoundation’s programs supporting innovators and sparking innovation.

ASHA/EAA Networking Reception: Everyday Leaders in Childhood Hearing

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Independence Ballrooms 2 and 3

Network with your colleagues who work on behalf of children with hearing loss. ASHA, including Special Interest Group (SIG) 9, and the Educational Audiology Association (EAA) are hosting a gathering of pediatric educational, clinical, and research audiologists and speech-language pathologists. Purchase a ticket for this event in advance through registration or at the door (as available). This event is sponsored by Central Institute for the Deaf, Oticon, Phonak, and MED-EL.

International Reception

Thursday, November 17
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Room 302–303

Please join us for ASHA's 2016 Annual International Reception and enjoy networking and mingling with your colleagues from around the world. ASHA leadership and international staff look forward to meeting you! Cash bar. No RSVP needed.

Friday, November 18

ASHA Awards Ceremony

6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Convention Center, Hall A

The ASHA Awards Ceremony celebrates the highest achievements and excellence in the professions. Presentations will be made to recipients of the Honors of the Association, ASHA's most prestigious award which recognizes lifetime achievement, and to ASHA Fellows, whose contributions are the cornerstones of the professions. Additional awards will be given honoring members who have also contributed to the professions and Association. The Annie Glenn Award will be presented to H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers) for their work in raising awareness about hearing damage from music and preventing hearing loss among musicians and fans.

ASHA Tweetup Happy Hour: Are You Ready to Rock?

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Philadelphia Hard Rock Café
1113-31 Market Street

#slpeeps, #slp2b, and #audpeeps! Ready for the #asha16 Tweetup Happy Hour? Join @ASHAWeb and sponsor on Friday evening for appetizers, limited free drinks, and some awesome giveaways!

Audiology Open House Reception

8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Rooms 302–304 

Calling all audiologists! Attend one of the biggest receptions at the ASHA Convention and network with friends and colleagues! Sponsored by Hamilton Captel.

Open Houses

8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Various locations TBA

A number of universities and affiliated organizations hold open houses following the Awards Ceremony on Friday evening. View the schedule of open houses.

Saturday, November 19

Ready to Zumba Fundraiser

6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Washington ABC

Ready to Zumba—with our profession's own Kia Johnson to benefit the ASHFoundation! Licensed Zumba fitness instructor, PhD speech-language pathologist, and associate professor at University of Houston, Kia donates her time to lead us in a fun, supercharged aerobic workout that will get your Saturday morning off to an exhilarating Latin-style start before you head off to education sessions.

Be prepared—bring water, a towel, and wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. All levels are welcome, just move your body and follow Kia's lead. It's easy!

ASHA Closing Party

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

On Saturday evening, everyone is invited to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of the largest and most renowned museums in the country, to attend the Closing Party. Discover beautiful, intriguing and unexpected works of art and architectural achievements from the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America as you browse the museum while enjoying light refreshments and drinks with friends and colleagues. On the lighter side, fans of the Rocky films will recognize the museum, made famous by the character Rocky Balboa’s run up the front steps. Whether you love art and culture or just want a snapshot of yourself on the famous steps, you won't want to miss the finale of the ASHA Convention!

Tickets (non-refundable) are $5 for attendees and $20 for guests and may be purchased through registration.

Request Function Space at the ASHA Convention

Exhibitors, affiliate groups and organizations, and universities or academic programs may request function space to hold a meeting, reception, Open House or other event during the ASHA Convention. Requests are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis as space allows. Learn more about the function space guidelines and request process.

Have questions about the ASHA Convention or need more information? E-mail us at [email protected].


*All proceeds benefit ASHA's Political Action Committee, ASHA-PAC, which provides financial support to candidates for U.S. Congress that recognize the importance of audiologists and speech-language pathologists and who demonstrate concern for the rights of all citizens to receive these services. ASHA-PAC can only accept contributions from ASHA members and staff. ASHA members may contribute additional funds to bring a guest to this event.

Contributions to ASHA-PAC are not deductible for federal tax purposes. All contributions to ASHA-PAC are voluntary and you have a right to refuse without reprisal. The proposed contribution amounts are only suggestions and more or less may be given. The amount given by the contributor, or the refusal to give, will not benefit or disadvantage the person being solicited. Federal law requires ASHA-PAC to report the full name, address, occupation, and employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 per year. Federal law prohibits corporate contributions.