TennesseeWorks Think Employment! Summit


Save the Date

for the

2017 Think Employment! Summit 

September 21, 2017

Music City Center


Join us for the fifth annual TennesseeWorks Employment Summit!

Click here to download the program for Track 1: Transforming the Employment Landscape

Click here to download the program for Track 2: Stepping Into Employment 

We’re bringing together families, policymakers, service providers, employers, educators, and self-advocates to attend innovative breakout sessions focused on employment for individuals with disabilities. Local school districts will be joining our event along with post-secondary programs from around the state in the morning, and programming for self-advocates will run in the afternoon.

Participants will attend informational sessions focusing on the policies, resources, services, and progress for individuals with disabilities in Tennessee! Registration kicks off at 8 AM with coffee and light snacks. Programming runs from 8:30 AM to 4 PM, with lunch and an afternoon snack provided. We’re excited to bring together all of these stakeholders to improve employment awareness, expectations, and outcomes!

This year’s keynote speakers will be Leanne Roth and Anne Thurston. Roth has been supporting people with intellectual disability to achieve their dreams since 1999 when, after her work as a corporate trainer, she hired someone with a job coach to work in a store she managed. Roth believes that the key to meaningful lives for people who receive services is to encourage, empower, and enlighten the staff who work for them. Currently Roth fulfills that purpose as a partner in Blue Tower Solutions where, in addition to other projects, she provides support to the board of directors and member groups of the Illinois Self-Advocacy Alliance and Council on Quality and Leadership where she works as a Quality Enhancement Specialist. Thurston is an accomplished speaker who has been active in the self-advocacy movement in Illinois since Illinois Voices! Thurston’s passion is to help people with disabilities, their staff, and employers understand that all people are equal and that people with disabilities are here and ready to overcome barriers.

Register now! You don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about best practices in competitive employment and to network with self-advocates, government leaders, families, and industry professionals. Cost to attend the Summit is $50 for general admission, and $25 for family members and self-advocates. Registration is limited—please register as soon as possible.

For more information on the 2017 Think Employment! Summit, please email Shimmy at Shimul.a.gajjar@vanderbilt.edu or call (615) 343-4138.

We’re excited to bring together all of these stakeholders to improve employment awareness, expectations, and outcomes!

Thanks to all our employer vendors! These employers have 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. Please visit their tables in our vendor area to learn more about their organizations!

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