On September 17, Tennessee Works held its “Think Employment” summit at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville. Amy Gonzalez, DIDD State Director of Employment and Day Services, moderated a panel discussion about systems change, called “Transition to Competitive Employment”. Taking part on the panel were Troy Allen of SRVS, Tera Roberts with Orange Grove Center, Dwayne Webb with St. John’s Community Services and Lee Brown of Impact Centers. These four provider agencies have either shut down their sheltered workshops, or are in the midst of major integrated employment pushes. The panelists spoke of some of their efforts, and the barriers that exist for provider agencies who are seeking to close their workshops and expand integrated employment opportunities. All four agreed that one of the biggest hurdles was changing the mindset of staff, families, employers and the community at large. They said once that was achieved, and a person supported was placed in an integrated job, the person often thrived. It was a lively discussion, and the audience had a lot of good questions for our panelists.