Steve Pemberton

Steve Pemberton

Chief Human Experience Officer

To achieve success in today’s workplace, we must be committed to inspiring and empowering one another day in and day out.

Steve joined Workhuman in December of 2017 as chief human resources officer (CHRO) and works with HR leaders and senior management executives worldwide to help build workplaces where every employee feels recognized, respected, and appreciated for who they are and what they do. He champions and promotes our Workhuman movement to inspire HR leaders to embrace more humanity and foster a sense of purpose in the workplace. Steve is focused on building upon Workhuman’s award-winning culture, which has set a new industry standard through its own power usage of recognition and positivity.

Before joining Workhuman, Steve served in senior HR executive roles for Walgreens Boots Alliance and A frequent presenter on Capitol Hill, in 2015, he was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Competitive Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities.

A passionate human rights champion, Steve has made equality, access, and opportunity the foundation of his personal and professional life. He is the author of two critically-acclaimed books, “The Lighthouse Effect”, which highlights the goodness of humanity and empowers people to be a lighthouse to others, and the USA Today best-selling memoir and subject of the film, “A Chance in the World,” in which Steve chronicled his extraordinary journey of his search for family. His tireless advocacy for the disenfranchised has earned him numerous accolades – including honorary doctorates from Winston-Salem State University, Providence College, and Boston College. He received the prestigious Horizon Award by the U.S. Congress, presented to private sector individuals who have expanded opportunities for all Americans through their own personal contributions, and who have set exceptional examples for young people through their successes in life.

Steve holds multiple degrees from Boston College and serves on several nonprofit boards, including UCAN (Chicago), Academy for Urban School Leadership and Loyola Academy.