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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
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.
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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. Information about the location and how to reserve tickets will be available when registration opens;* additional tickets may be purchased at the door.
Thursday, November 17
Opening General Session
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
The Opening General Session begins the ASHA Convention on Thursday morning and features energizing addresses by the ASHA President, Convention Co-Chairs, and a special keynote speaker (TBA).
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
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.
Party at the Market
Reading Terminal Market (next to the Pennsylvania Convention Center)
7:30 p.m.– 9:30 p.m.
With special support from 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.
Friday, November 18
ASHA Awards Ceremony
6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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.
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. A schedule of the Open Houses will be available in early November.
Saturday, November 19
Ready to Zumba Fundraiser
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
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
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
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.