Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Nashville Community Conversations

A grassroots team formed in 2011 around a common commitment to strengthen Nashville by focusing on improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The Steering Committee represents various community organizations. An initial Nashville Community Conversation was held September 27, 2011. Over 60 members of the Nashville community came together to discuss issues related to employment and people with disabilities. The conversation included insights from people invested in at least one of seven different areas of the Nashville community: businesses, disability service providers, faith communities, government agencies, educational systems, individuals or family members affected by disability, and nonprofits not specifically serving people with disabilities.

Steering Committee representatives are:

  • Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee (DSAMT)—Sheila Moore
  • Faith for ALL—Thomas Boehm
  • Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.—Debbie Grant, Betty Johnson
  • Nashville Career Advancement Center (NCAC)—Sarah Yandell
  • Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities—Wanda Willis
  • University of Tennessee, DRS Corporate Connections, CLS—Cathy Houser
  • Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Vanderbilt University—Erik Carter

If you are interested in conducting a Community Conversation in your area, download this free guidebook: Launching Inclusive Efforts Through Community Conversations: A Practical Guide for Families, Services Providers, and Communities

Click here to view A Nashville Community Conversation on Meaningful Employment for People with Disabilities.


Lynnette Henderson, Ph.D., (615) 936-0448