Steve Pemberton

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Opening Keynote Speaker

Steve Pemberton’s triumphant life story is about defying seemingly insurmountable beginnings as a child orphaned into foster care. As told in the major motion picture and acclaimed, best-selling memoir, A Chance in the World, adversity only fueled his desire to become a man of resilience, determination and vision.

He currently serves as Chief Human Resources Officer for Workhuman (formerly Globoforce). Prior to that, he served as the first-ever Global Chief Diversity Officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance. Steve’s tireless advocacy for the disenfranchised has earned him numerous accolades, including the prestigious Horizon Award by the United States Congress, presented to individuals in the private sector who have contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans.