New to the TSHA Annual Convention, our schedule features two Amp-Up Sessions presented by forward thinkers in  Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology!

Our 2023 Amp Up speakers will set the tone for each day of our convention with a two hour general session from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. on February 23rd and 24th, covering topics like mentorship and ethics geared toward SLPs at any career level. Continue reading to learn more about each speaker and their session.

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Thursday Amp-Up Session
Ethical Leadership: A Guide for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists 
Thursday, February 23 I 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. CT

There is a need to address ethical issues as they relate to those in leadership positions in the work environment and volunteer positions. This session is designed to link ethical practice to leadership.  Participants will be given examples and case studies to explore as well as engage in discussion and role play to help in understanding the broad impact of ethical leadership.

Participants will be able to:

  • Define ethical leadership and the generally accepted model
  • Identify principles and rules in the ASHA Code of Ethics that may be linked to leadership behaviors
  • Identify system-wide repercussions when there is a breakdown in ethical leadership behaviors


is chief of the Division of Hearing and Speech and director of the Scottish Rite Center for Communication Disorders at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C. and is a professor of pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He specializes in communication disorders in children, with a specific focus on children who stutter. Dr. Robinson's research and writings have focussed on normal fluency behaviors in children and adolescents, service delivery to children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, patient safety, and leadership in communication sciences and disorders. He has presented widely at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Dr. Robinson was the 2010 president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and has served on various boards and committees. In 1998, Dr. Robinson was elected a Fellow of ASHA, one of its highest honors and received the ASHA Honors in 2021, the highest award given by the association. He served on the board of directors of the National Black Association for Speech, Language and Hearing (NBASLH) and served as the co-chair of the Program Committee for the 1999 and 2000 conventions. Dr. Robinson also served as secretary of the Specialty Board on Fluency Disorders (SBFD) and has been a board-certified fluency specialist since 2000. He served as vice-chair of the Higher Education Licensure Commission for Washington, D.C. (2005 - 2014).

Dr. Robinson holds adjunct professorships with Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He has held adjunct professorships at the University of the District of Columbia and Gallaudet in Washington, D.C., Xavier University in New Orleans, LA, and Longwood University in Farmville, VA. Dr. Robinson has presented widely at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

Dr. Robinson received his A.A. degree from Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, MS, B.A. and M.S., degrees from The University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS and his Ph.D. degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Friday Amp-Up Session
Touching Tomorrow: The Magic of Mentoring
Friday, February 24 I 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. CT

Virtually every biography of every successful person throughout history mentions the positive impact of a mentor – from Socrates (Plato) to Oprah Winfrey (Maya Angelou) to Harry Potter (Professor Dumbledore). Typically defined as one-to-one sharing of knowledge, skills, and experience to help another develop and grow, effective mentoring provides incredible benefits to both the mentee and the mentor. This seminar will explore the reciprocal relationships amongst mentoring, leadership, and professional and personal success and celebrate the synergy, inspiration, and magic of a successful mentoring partnership.

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is a professor emerita and retired Associate Provost at Indiana University of PA and the CEO of Dynamic Resources. Dr. Robertson has published numerous articles, book chapters, and clinical materials and presented hundreds of seminars at state, local, and international venues on a variety of topics including language and literacy development, functional intervention strategies, counseling, advocacy, leadership, business management, imaginology, and self-care The 2019 President of ASHA, Shari is committed to helping her colleagues thrive in their personal and professional pursuits and continues to spread the message of the importance of making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all.