Special Events at the ASHA Convention

Opening General Session 

2016 Drew Dudley

Thursday, November 17
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall A

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 Jaynee A. Handelsman, who will share her insights about the state of the discipline. Then, Convention Co-Chairs Michael Flahive and Tucker Gleason 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 2016 Convention theme, "Everyday leadership. Leadership every day.", we're happy to welcome Drew Dudley, Founder and Chief Catalyst of Day One Leadership, as our keynote speaker. Drew works with well-recognized organizations around the world to empower people to increase their leadership capacity. Viewed millions of times around the web, his TED talk on Everyday Leadership has been voted one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time!

The stage will be set by his famous "lollipop story," in which he offers a lollipop to a new university student, a seemingly simple gesture of humor and kindness that results in a life-changing positive impact. Drew emphasizes that becoming an everyday leader starts with heightened awareness of our everyday behavior and impact on others. He'll highlight how attendees can maximize their impact in audiology and speech-language pathology by creating—and taking credit for—their own "lollipop" moments of everyday leadership.

Join us on Thursday morning for an inspiring Opening General Session, as Drew Dudley motivates you—yes, you!—to be an everyday leader. This event kicks off the ASHA Convention and will get you enthused and excited about the next 3 days!

ASHA Awards Ceremony

Friday, November 18
6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall A

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 CSD professions. Additional awards will be given to honor other members who have also contributed to the professions and to the Association.

The Annie Glenn Award is also given each year at the Awards Ceremony. Annie Glenn, wife of Senator John Glenn, is known nationwide for her advocacy for those with communication disorders. "The Annie" recognizes an individual who demonstrates Mrs. Glenn's spirit by making a positive impact on those with communication disorders.

This year, the Annie will be awarded to H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers), a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of noise exposure from music that can lead to permanent hearing loss and tinnitus, among both musicians and music fans. Supported and assisted by respected musicians—including Pete Townshend of The Who and Lars Ulrich of Metallica, among others—as well as many influential organizations in the music and medical industries, H.E.A.R. accomplishes this mission through public service announcements in mainstream media and through information tables and earplug distribution at concerts across the United States.

H.E.A.R.'s public service efforts to help protect hearing for musicians and fans has echoed the very best intent and actions of Annie Glenn. As a known leader in preventable hearing damage awareness, they are powerful in their reach, scope, and ability to inspire, much like Mrs. Glenn. We look forward to recognizing H.E.A.R.'s work to ensure that people enjoy music safely for a lifetime with the presentation of the "Annie" at the Awards Ceremony, as well as welcoming a rock star or two who will be on hand to accept the award!