In January of 2012, Steve Pemberton released his first book, A Chance In The World (Thomas Nelson). Steve’s riveting autobiography chronicles his difficult path through foster care and his determined search for his family. It is an inspirational story proving the strength of the human spirit and what becomes possible when you dare to believe
Steve speaks candidly and openly about his early life struggle and dream to have a chance in the world inspiring audiences large and small at Universities, Organizations and Corporations across the country. His story offers an example for others who wish to become more than their circumstance.
As Chief Diversity Officer and Divisional Vice-President for Walgreens, Steve’s unique perspective on matters of diversity and inclusion has led to increased productivity in the workplace. Steve shares his vision and provides leadership to organizations to bolster respect, unity and productivity
As an advocate for youth, Steve shares the value of education and its importance to access and opportunity. As a young boy, the gift of books from a kind neighbor changed the arc of Steve Pemberton’s life. This invaluable gift provided hope, belief and confidence to the young boy who was once deemed as not having ‘a chance in the world’.
For years these events lived in the gray area between memories and dreams. There were times when I accepted that I was never to know what these images meant and still other times when I believed that if I unpacked them one more time, I would finally unlock their meaning. The sheer persistence of these images haunted me as much as the images themselves. These events have always been with me, part of the poetry of my life, interwoven with first kisses, high school graduation day, college finals, first days on the job, and Lamaze classes.
One day I learned the truth. These memories were from the day I was taken from my mother.