Steve Pemberton

Steve Pemberton

Chief Diversity Officer, Walgreens

Steve Pemberton, author of “A Chance in the World,” inspires audiences across the country sharing his story of triumph over adversity. He currently holds the position of global chief diversity officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance, the first global, pharmacy-led health and wellbeing enterprise in the world.

One of America’s most inspiring executives, he brings a deep personal understanding of human differences and the human experience to his position. Pemberton was a ward of the state for much of his childhood, an experience he chronicled in his 2012 best-selling memoir, “A Chance in the World” (Thomas Nelson). His extraordinary life journey, featured in People Magazine, has been translated into Mandarin and continues to inspire audiences across the world; the movie adaption of his life has just been completed. Pemberton’s book, “A Chance in the World,” has been used as a school read selection at numerous high schools and colleges across the country. His dedication to public service and personal and professional achievement have also earned him Honorary Doctorates from Winston-Salem State University (2014), Boston College (2015), and Mount Ida College (2016). In 2015, Pemberton was awarded the prestigious Horizon Award by the United States Congress, presented to individuals from the private sector who have contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans through their own personal contributions, and who have set exceptional examples for young people through their successes in life.

A graduate of Boston College, he is a Bostonian by birth and a Chicagoan by choice. Pemberton resides on several non-profit boards including UCAN, New Yorkers for Children, and The United States Business Leadership Network. He and his wife Tonya are the proud parents of three children.

The Advantage of Disadvantage: How to Transform Adversity into Action

Steve Pemberton is the Global Chief Diversity Officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance, and one of the world’s leading subject matter experts on diversity and its importance to the sustainability of organizations and the communities they serve. He is a man of extraordinary career success, with a multitude of well-deserved accolades for his leadership as a […]

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