TennesseeWorks Think Employment! Summit

Thanks to all who attended the 2017 Think Employment! Summit.

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Think Employment! Summit Survey 


Achieving CIE By Engaging Stakeholders and Employers 
Presenter: Amy Gonzalez, Senior Policy Advisor, Workforce Systems Policy Team, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy

Sisters Share Employment Challenges and Successes
Presenter(s): Vanessa Herrmann, Coordinator Instructor Project SEARCH at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital/older sister and Holly Johnson, intern for Project SEARCH at UT Medical Center class of 2014/younger sister/ EDS assistant

Project Search in Tennessee: Expanding on Success
Presenter(s):Robert Nicholas, Ph.D, TennesseeWorks, Pam Hollingsworth, Progress, Inc., Susan Johnson, RN., MBA, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Gayle Feltner, DHS, Vocational Rehabilitation Program

Supported Decision Making: A Model for Supporting People with Disabilities to Make Decisions 
Presenter(s): Elise McMillan, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Carrie Hobbs Guiden, The Arc Tennessee, Nathan Walsh, Disability Rights Tennessee, Lauren Pearcy, Council on Developmental Disabilities

Exploring College Opportunities 
Presenter(s): Elise McMillan, Next Steps at Vanderbilt, Dr. Misty Vetter Parsley, Lipscomb IDEAL, and Tammy Day, Next Steps at Vanderbilt


Thanks to all our employer vendors! These employers volunteered their time to share information about their organization, to network with the community, and to work with self-advocates, preparing them for future job fairs and employment interviews. We truly appreciate their time and commitment to young adults with disabilities in Tennessee.

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