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Pemberton to deliver inspiration as convention keynote

The Providers' Council is pleased to announce that Steve Pemberton will deliver the keynote address at the 42nd Annual Convention & Expo: We're All In.

Pemberton is Senior Executive at Walgreens Boots Alliance, the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise in the world, employing 370,000 people in 25 countries. Prior to that he served as Chief Diversity Officer for Walgreens, becoming the first person to hold that position in the company’s 114-year history. He is widely considered a subject matter expert on matters of diversity and inclusion and its importance to the sustainability of organizations and the communities they serve.

One of America’s most inspiring executives, he brings a deep personal understanding of human differences and the human experience to his position.

Pemberton’s story is about defying seemingly unsurmountable odds – overcoming abuse and neglect as an orphan in foster care to become a trail-blazing corporate executive, enlightened diversity leader, visionary youth advocate and acclaimed speaker. His best-selling memoir, A Chance in the World, recounts his triumphant life journey and drive to become a man of resilience, determination and vision. Now an upcoming major motion picture, A Chance in the World further amplifies his highly motivational messages: Believe in your dreams, rise above obstacles, create opportunities for others, and most of all, persevere.

Determined to use his success as a platform to lift up others, Pemberton has made equality, access and opportunity pillars of both his professional and personal life. He is a passionate champion for disadvantaged youth, serving on several boards including The Home for Little Wanderers and UCAN. He established The Pemberton Fund for the Future at The Home for Little Wanderers to provide help and guidance to children aging out of foster care.

His achievements have earned him national recognition, including the coveted Trumpet Award and the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Helping Hand Award. He was also awarded 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.

More information about the Providers' Council's 42nd Annual Convention & Expo: We're All In, including sponsorship and advertising opportunities, can be found here.