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.

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 8

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.

"Big Picture Living" Enrichment Activities

The "Big Picture" means more than just professional development! We're offering various optional personal enrichment activities on Wednesday afternoon to round out your ASHA Convention experience. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis; tickets may be purchased through registration.

Yoga and Mindfulness
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, Gold Ballroom 4
$20 per person

Need to relax after your flight? Sign up to enjoy a one-and-a-half hour session of pure relaxation that blends yoga (for all levels of experience) and mindfulness, led by a certified Yogini. Yoga mats will be provided. Bring your own water bottle (optional). This activity is limited to 50 people.

Cooking Class
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hotel Indigo     
$30 per person

Please see your ticket for details. This activity is limited to 25 people.

Hiking the Hollywood Hills
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Depart from the Los Angeles Convention Center, West Lobby 
$20 per person

Stretch your legs and take a hike to the Hollywood Hills. Have your photo taken with the famous Hollywood sign in the background and explore the Griffith Observatory. Transportation provided from and back to the Los Angeles Convention Center. This activity is limited to 40 people.

Photography Walking Tour of Downtown Los Angeles
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Depart from the Los Angeles Convention Center, West Lobby 
$20 per person

Bring your camera and comfortable walking shoes! Take a 2.5-hour city walking tour with a professional guide and snap photos of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles Music Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and more, including filming locations of historic and artistic downtown movie settings. Water and healthy snacks provided. Tour begins from the lobby of the JW Marriott. This activity is limited to 60 people.

Wine and Cheese? Yes, Please!
Time TBA
Hotel Indigo     
$30 per person

Wine and cheese pairings for gourmands! Please see your ticket for details. This activity is limited to 40 people.

Hollywood Stars Tour
Time TBA
Depart from the Los Angeles Convention Center, West Lobby 
$30 per person

Want to be a celebrity tourist? We're putting together a driving tour with an official guide to see famous sites in Hollywood such as Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, the Sunset Strip and more! Pick up and drop off at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Water and healthy snacks provided. This activity is limited to 25 people.

First-Timers' Welcome

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Convention Center, Concourse 152

Is this your first ASHA Convention? Come to this popular gathering to get an overview of our annual event and to preview programs and activities slated for the next three days. You'll have an opportunity to meet the ASHA President and Convention Co-Chairs, as well as other ASHA staff and volunteer representatives who can provide answers and guidance for your first ASHA Convention. The First Timers' Welcome is also a great time to connect with others attending for the first time. Enjoy light refreshments.

ASHA-PAC Reception

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Luxe City Center Hotel, North Patio
1020 South Figueroa Street

ASHA members are invited to spend the evening with the ASHA-PAC Board at the Luxe City Center Hotel. 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 registrationonly to ASHA members for a $60* contribution** or may be purchased (as available) at the door. Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

*All new ASHA-PAC contributors who attend the event only pay $30 at the door!

Thursday, November 9

Opening General Session

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall G

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, Academy Award–winning actress Goldie Hawn. You won't want to miss it!

Welcome Reception

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall H-K

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

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall A (near Faculty-Researcher Lounge)

Meet and network with others engaged in Interprofessional Education and Interprofessional Practice (IPE/IPP) to share your knowledge and experience; learn about, from, and with each other; and advance collaborative education and practice!

ASHFoundation Fundraiser Reception "In the Spotlight"

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Belasco Theatre
1050 Hill Street       

Transport to another time and immerse yourself in this restored theater’s rich and diverse history, all while focusing on the "big picture" of philanthropy for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation.

This popular fundraising reception features an array of light fare delights in a unique landmark and, most importantly, an evening of camaradarie and good will. The Belasco Theatre—a relic of the 1920s—maintains much of its original fusion of Churriguersque, Spanish Renaissance, Moorish, and Gothic details. Mix and mingle and celebrate, knowing that you are advancing the next generation of innovators and changing people’s lives.

Tickets (non-refundable) for this event cost $100 and may be purchased through registration. Proceeds go to the ASHFoundation’s programs supporting innovators and sparking innovation.

International Reception

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, Plaza 3       

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 Collective Concerns (MC2) Event: West Coast Premiere of "Talking Black in America"

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, Diamond Ballroom 5

Everyone is invited to the west coast premiere of "Talking Black in America: The Story of African American Language"—the first film devoted to African-American speech. This special screening event, hosted by ASHA's Office of Multicultural Affairs and Special Interest Group 14, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, will take place at the annual MC2 (Multicultural Collective Concerns) event. Executive producer and famed sociolinguist, Walt Wolfram, will be available after the movie for a question-and-answer session. This special event is a unique opportunity to gain insight into the history of African-American English and its cultural impact. Co-produced and directed by Emmy-award winners Neal Hutcheson and Danica Cullinan, this is a must-see film!

"Talking Black in America" is produced by North Carolina State University’s Language and Life Project, founded and directed by Wolfram. This is the first documentary to portray the most controversial and misunderstood language variety in the history of American English. According to the Language and Life Project, the documentary is framed around the comments and activities of everyday speakers and performers reflecting real world experiences, curated alongside the observations of linguists, historians, and educators. It showcases the development and changing role of language in the lives of African-Americans, as well as the impact it has had on speech and culture in the United States and beyond. The film confronts the persistent stereotypes and prejudices about African-American language and positions it solidly as an integral part of the cultural legacy of all Americans. 

Friday, November 10

Audiology SIGnificant Luncheon

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Convention Center, Lower Level, Kentia Hall, 3C

Are you interested in ASHA's audiology Special Interest Groups (SIGs)? Audiology members and audiology students attending the ASHA Convention, as well as SIG 6, 7, 8, and 9 affiliates, are invited to an exclusive luncheon co-sponsored by  Interacoustics. Mix and mingle with like-minded professionals, and enter a drawing for one of 16 free SIG memberships. SIGs offer a number of  additional benefits for ASHA members. Seating at this free lunch is limited to the first 80 people, so plan to arrive early!

Tweet, Meet, & Repeat

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tom's Urban at L.A. Live
1011 S. Figueroa Street

Social media gurus, join us for the official ASHA Tweet Up happy hour at Tom's Urban restaurant! This event is sponsored by and Simucase.

ASHA Awards Ceremony

6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall G 

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 beloved Annie Glenn Award will also be presented to someone whose work to raise awareness or advocate for those with communication disorders captures the spirit of Mrs. Glenn.

Hear, Here! Audiology Open House

8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. 
JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, Plaza II

ASHA, in partnership with the Los Angeles audiology community, is excited to host this unique gathering of pediatric, educational, clinical, private practice, and research audiologists in addition to audiology students! This special open house will follow the ASHA Awards Ceremony. Stop by to network with your colleagues and enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres and limited free drinks. It's the largest event for audiologists at the 2017 ASHA Convention! Sponsored by Oticon, Phonak, TIMS for Audiology, Doctor Easy, and Hamilton CapTel.

Open Houses

8:30 p.m. – midnight      
JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, various rooms

A number of universities and affiliated organizations hold open houses following the Awards Ceremony on Friday evening. View the schedule and locations of the open houses on Friday, November 10.

Saturday, November 11

ASHA Member Forum

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 518

The ASHA Member Forum provides an opportunity to meet with the ASHA Board of Directors and staff to offer feedback on the direction and activities of the Association. Come with your questions, concerns, and ideas to share, or pick up a feedback form at the ASHA Member Services Center (in South Hall H-K) to fill out and submit at the forum.

Closing Party—L.A. Street Festival

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Convention Center, Petree Plaza      

On Saturday evening, the ASHA Convention concludes with a fun party where you can relax and celebrate another great year with friends and colleagues. This year, we're taking advantage of the relaxed West Coast vibe and mild weather by throwing an L.A.-style street festival, complete with food trucks, live music and local artisans! After sessions wrap up on Saturday evening, head over to the patio area adjacent to Petree Hall outside the convention center for lively party to close out our annual event. You won't want to miss this final fiesta!

Tickets may be purchased through Registration for $15 each, as supplies last—the Closing Party is a popular event! Limited shuttle service will be available to make travel from the Closing Party back to hotels convenient.

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.

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**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.