Independent Matters: Dare to Explore
Thursday, February 27,3:00-4:30 PM
A ward of the state for much of his childhood, Steve Pemberton has made opportunity, access, and equality pillars of his personal and professional life. As chief diversity officer and divisional vice president for Walgreens, he is recognized as a leader on matters of diversity and inclusion and their importance to the growth of the U.S. industrial complex. He directs activities to help serve diverse markets and populations, including customers in medically underserved areas, food deserts, and urban areas, as well as strengthens relationships with diverse suppliers and communities. His memoir, A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home, chronicles his difficult path through foster care and his determined search for his family. Pemberton’s relentless journey to overcome his setbacks, find his biological family, and right the wrongs of his parents’ past is a model for all families to follow. It is a true testament of faith, fortitude, and forgiveness. Pemberton currently serves on several boards including The Home for Little Wanderers and UCAN. The Pemberton Fund for the Future has been established at The Home for Little Wanderers to assist children aging out of the foster care system.
A Chance in the world- http://chanceintheworld.com/