Special Events at the ASHA Convention

Opening General Session 

2015 - Kelly McGonigal, PhDThursday, November 12
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Colorado Convention Center, Bellco Theatre

Experience the excitement and energy of the ASHA Convention as we kick off our annual event with the Opening General Session on Thursday morning. This popular session brings everyone together to celebrate the speech, language, and hearing professional community. You'll be welcomed by ASHA President Judith Page, who will share her insights about the state of the discipline. Then, Convention Co-Chairs Julie Noel and Jeanane Ferre will pique your interest with a preview of what's in store for you this year—including special sessions, new events, and other not-to-be-missed activities.

In the spirit of the 2015 Convention theme—"Changing minds. Changing lives. Leading the way," we're happy to welcome, as a keynote speaker, Stanford psychologist and bestselling author Kelly McGonigal, PhD.

Dr. McGonigal is passionate about translating leading-edge research from psychology, neuroscience, and medicine into practical strategies for health, happiness, and personal success. Her audio series, "The Neuroscience of Change," merges the newest scientific findings with contemplative wisdom to give listeners an innovative process for transformation. In her book, The Upside of Stress, Dr. McGonigal unites trailblazing discoveries on the "correlation between resilience—the human capacity for stress-related growth—and mindset, the power of beliefs to shape reality." She explores the concept that embracing stress can actually make us stronger, smarter, and happier.

As we delve into the notion of change and leadership in the professions at the ASHA Convention this year, Dr. McGonigal will talk about initiating meaningful change—and the science behind it—whether in your professional life or your personal life.

Join us on Thursday morning for an inspiring Opening General Session, as we learn how change can be not only positive but innovative. This event kicks off the ASHA Convention and will set the agenda and tone for the next 3 days!

Read Kelly McGonigal's full bio.

ASHA Awards Ceremony

Friday, November 13
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Colorado Convention Center, Bellco Theatre

The 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 to honor other members who have also contributed to the professions and Association. More information coming soon!

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