Welcome to the Project E3 Leadership Academy. This community came together to share resources, interact, and continue conversations begun at the conference in New Orleans in September 2019.


Project E3 partners, state participants, and others interested in Project E3 outcomes and initiatives shared ideas and strategies to improve employment and independent living goals of people with disabilities from underserved communities.

Featured Topic:

Integrated Resource Teams (IRTs)

Watch on Youtube | Recorded on August 2020

Presented by:

John Walsh, Southern University – Baton Rouge
Brian Ingram, National Disability Institute
D.J. Ralston, George Washington University
Donna Martin, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

Featured Topic:

Self-Employment

Watch on Youtube | Recorded on July 2020

Presented by:

Araceli Holland, SJVD Regional Director
Priscilla Varela, SVJD Regional Business Specialist

Featured Topic:

E3 Grant: South Carolina

Watch on Youtube | Recorded on June 2020

Topics Covered:

Working with diverse populations, partnering with local churches and faith communities, and developing a resource guide.

Presented by:

Cassandra Sligh Conway
Professor, South Caroline State University, CRC, GCDF, aPHR

Featured Topic:

Expanding Employment Opportunities for Underserved Populations

Watch on Youtube | Recorded on May 2020

Presented by:

Sagashus Levingston, PhD, Founder of Infamous Mothers

Featured Topic:

Client Engagement in a Virtual Environment

Watch on Youtube | Recorded on April 2020

Presented by:

Matthew Ballinger, MA, CRC
Youth Business Relations Coordinator,
SWEP Third Track Program Coordinator,
Oregon Commission for the Blind

Featured Topics:

Ethics and Self-Care & Quality Indicators of Customized Employment

Watch on Youtube | Recorded on March 2020

Presented by:

Dr. Rob Froehlich, Ed.D., LPC, CRC , Project Director/Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education (CRCRE)
David Strauser, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Featured Topic:

Financial Empowerment

Watch on Youtube | Recorded on February 2020

Presented by:

Cayte Anderson
E3 Project Partner at the UW-Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute
David Stauser, Ph.D., CRC, Professor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Featured Topic:

Intersectionality

Watch on Youtube | Recorded on January 2020

Presented by:

Dr. Rob Froehlich, Ed.D., LPC, CRC , Project Director/Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education (CRCRE)
David Strauser, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Featured Topic:

Constructive Discourse: How to Have Tough Yet Safe Conversations

Watch on Youtube | Recorded on November 2019

Presented by:

Ryan Eller
Experiential-Based Facilitator and Doctoral Candidate at University of Arkansas

Related Resources:

  • Presentation Slides
  • Toolkit
  • Project E3 Strategies
  • Project E3 Resource Roundups

Targeted Communities Overview

Project E3 partnered with State VR Agencies and local community partners to improve outreach and employment-related services to underserved people with disabilities in this community.