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Opening General Session

Thursday, April 20, 10:15 am-12:00 pm

.1 CEU

Sponsored by Resound.

Join us for the AAA 2023 kick-off presentation featuring Academy leadership, the 2023 Program Committee Chair, The Fabulous Audiology Chorus, and a critically important keynote presentation from Israel Greene.

Learn the latest on Academy initiatives, strategic objectives, and how we are working to push the audiology profession forward.

J. Israel Greene, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant and Keynote Speaker, Leadership Trainer and Coach, Greene Consulting Group

Creating Strength Through Cultural Responsiveness 

We invite you to join us for a timely and candid dialogue focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

It is well established that social factors impact health outcomes. As health-care professionals it is incumbent upon us to maximize opportunities for positive patient outcomes by mitigating challenges imposed by differences in shared experiences, customs, and beliefs. In addition to our duty to our patients, it is also incumbent upon us as a profession to cultivate and foster the next generation of audiologists who represent diverse backgrounds. Being advocates for diversity, equity and inclusion is easier said than done and the most well-intentioned ambitions will not succeed without strategies for operationalizing our goals. We will, therefore, consider the following during this year’s keynote presentation:

  • How do we advocate and care for our patients from diverse backgrounds?
  • How do we identify and avoid microaggressions in our clinical practices and workplace?
  • How do we promote diversity in a profession where we are challenged in our recruitment efforts?
  • How do we support students and colleagues who may face disguised discriminatory behaviors in the clinic, while also accomplishing our commitment to care for patients regardless of their views?

Leveraging years of experience in this area, Israel will offer compelling content, simple solutions and tools that can be implemented immediately to build trust in the patient-care relationship, and support our academic programs. You will leave this session feeling inspired to take action and do something positive in your communities. 

Closing General Session

Saturday, April 22, 11:00 am-12:15 pm

Sponsored by Phonak.

D.J. Demers

Don’t get a case of FOMO! Make sure you stay in Seattle for our must-attend, all-new closing general session at AAA 2023. 

We know by the end of your time with us, you will need a lighthearted, entertaining and fun send-off as you visit one last time with your friends in audiology. Join us for a truly unique conference experience as we welcome comedian, D.J. Demers, to the stage. 

Why D.J.? Not only is he a successful comedian who has appeared on Conan, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and America’s Got Talent, he also earned a nomination for best comedy album at the Junos (Canada’s version of the Grammy’s). Plus, he hosted a month-long comedy road trip called the “Here to Hear Tour.” 

What is D.J.’s particular appeal to our audience and why did we feel so strongly that he should be the closing act of our conference (besides the fact he is really funny)? D.J. has been wearing hearing aids since the age of four and understands the need for accessibility and inclusion for everyone, particularly those with hearing loss. He brings his own personal anecdotes to the stage during his comedy routine making him all the more compelling for our show’s closing. 

Be sure you grab your seats fast for what is sure to be one of the most talked-about segments at AAA 2023!

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