Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Event Details

TennesseeWorks Inaugural Employment Summit & Statewide Community Conversation

Date: October 21, 2013

Time: 7:30AM to 3:30PM

Location: Vanderbilt Student Life Center, 310 25th Ave. S., Nashville

Registration Closed


Please make plans to attend the first-ever TennesseeWorks Employment Summit and Statewide Community Conversation on Monday, Oct. 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center, located off of 25th Avenue on the Vanderbilt University campus.

Keynote speaker will be Cesilee Coulson, Executive Director of the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment. The Lunch Speaker will be Robert Nicholas, Ph.D., Coordinator, Knoxville Area Employment Consortium (KAEC) Project SEARCH, and Senior Visiting Fellow for Disability Research at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.

Current Agenda:
7:30-8:00 a.m.: Registration & Coffee
8:30-8:45 a.m.: Welcome and Introductions
8:45-11:45 a.m.: "Employing People with Disabilities as a State Workforce Strategy" - Cesilee Coulson
12:00-1:00 p.m.: Boxed Lunches and Luncheon Address: “Tennessee Successes” - Bob Nicholas
1:15-1:30 p.m.: Break
1:30-3:30 p.m.: Tennessee Community Conversation

Who should attend:

Teams from the six communities where Community Conversations were held (Jackson, Lawrenceburg, Memphis, Murfreesboro, Chattanooga, Greeneville); individuals, including youth, with and without disabilities who wanted to participate in a Community Conversation but did not have the opportunity in their community; state legislators, city and county mayors and Chamber of Commerce leaders; area economic development leaders; educators; faith community leaders; state leaders from the disability community; and leaders from the relevant state government agencies.

Space is limited to 150, so please register early. Registration will be closed on Oct. 15. Parking information will be shared with registered attendees. Due to limited space, please plan to car pool on that day if at all possible.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call (615) 322-4999 or visit


Sarah Harvey, (615) 322-4999