CSHA Convos

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Critical conversations in the community

CSHA Convos are intended to be a safe place where some of the most-needed conversations can happen … a place for insights, knowledge and awareness. CSHA hopes to elevate the unique and upcoming voices in the field, creating the opportunity for learning from the lived experiences of professionals who are navigating through these challenging times.

CSHA Convos are live events (they will not be recorded) and are available to the entire community at no charge.

These sessions were developed by a CSHA working group consisting of Raquel Narain, CSHA board chair; Anna Vagin, chair of the Content Advisory Committee; Amalia Hernandez, chair of the Board Diversity & Inclusion Committee; and CSHA member Katie Gore. The team has identified a robust series of participants.

Featuring panelists from across the CSHA community, each conversation will be lightly moderated and include audience Q&A for an interactive discussion. In addition, a CSHA representative will be present at each conversation to respond to audience questions and ensure feedback informs the association’s ongoing continuous improvement agenda.

Panelists will be announced soon.

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CSHA Convos will launch this August! Virtual access information for joining the conversations will be announced soon.


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Navigating Generational Culture Differences

Thursday, November 12, 5-6:30 PST
This conversation will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by generational diversity in the SLP/AuD field. Panelists representing diverse generational viewpoints will reflect on the era-specific struggles, lessons and values that influenced their careers, both for better and for worse. The conversation will conclude by focusing on the future: how can we use knowledge of our past to chart an intentional, positive course for the future?


  • Christopher Quintana – Current student at CSU, Fullerton. Christopher was the 2019-2020 NSSLHA Chapter President at CSUF. Christopher was the recipient of the national NSSLHA Rising Leader Award in Speech Language Pathology. This national honor recognizes one undergraduate student leader who shows promise of future leadership.
  • Kale Carder – Current student at San Francisco State University. Kale is the current NSSLHA Chapter President at SFSU.
  • Dr. Laura Epstein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP – Dr. Epstein is the current department chair, professor, undergraduate/graduate advisor and school internship coordinator at San Francisco State University. Her research and clinical interests include language development and disorders, bilingual/multicultural language assessment, articulation and phonology disorders, literacy and language, and the language and processes of clinical interaction. Dr. Epstein was the recipient of the 2011 CSHA Diversity Award and the 2015 District 1 Service Award.
  • Marsha Pinto, MS, CCC-SLP – Marsha is the founder of her own online awareness campaign, Softest Voices. Additionally, she has written articles for publications including the Huffington Post and has been interviewed by a producer from The Ellen DeGeneres Show around the topic of introversion.
  • Michele Linares, MS, CCC-SLP, CSHA Board Chair-Elect

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Topic: CSHA Convos 4

Time: Nov 12, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Best Practices as a Foundation for CSHA’s Future

Thursday, December 10 5-6:30 PST
The last CSHA Convo of 2020 will reflect on learnings from the four prior discussions and explore CSHA’s role in creating and supporting change. Significant efforts by the association over the last few years to embrace evidence-based nonprofit best practices have created the space and structure for continued improvement. Panelists from CSHA leadership will share their insights and perspectives within the context of the previous CSHA Convos. Time will be set aside for audience Q&A to encourage dialogue and a collaborative growth path for our profession and our association.

No registration will be required and there are no CEUs available for this series.