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Steve Pemberton      

Fortune 50 Executive, Author of A Chance in the World & Voice of Change for Diversity and Inclusion

A pioneering Corporate Executive, visionary youth advocate, dedicated board member, and best-selling author, Steve Pemberton has always made equality, access, and opportunity pillars of his professional and personal life. He currently serves as Chief Diversity Officer and Divisional Vice President for Walgreens, one of America’s oldest and most successful companies. He is the first person in the company’s 113 year history to hold this position.

This was not the path envisioned for him. At one and half years old, he was described by a caretaker as a boy who would not have ‘a chance in the world.’ But Steve would not accept this prediction, defying seemingly impossible odds. His relentless march to adulthood is powerfully captured in his memoir, A Chance in the World (Harper Collins, 2012). His book describes the extraordinary challenges of navigating a foster care system that had forgotten about him while trying to solve the mystery of his identity and one day, triumphantly return home. Steve is aided in his quest by the kindnesses of several mysterious strangers who are unaware that their gifts are giving him the resolve to carry on and fulfill his purpose. These benefactors sit at the core of Steve’s powerful talks and central message; that perhaps you can choose your family after all.

Speech Topics

A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past & How He Found a Place Called Home

From Corrective Action to Competitive Advantage: How Diversity is Reshaping Our World

The Advantage of Disadvantage: How to Transform Adversity Into Action


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