P.O. Box 6015
300 S. Providence
Columbia, MO 65205
The Columbia Values Diversity Celebration brings people together from throughout our community to share breakfast and a special program honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The highlight of the program is a featured speaker. We are proud to welcome Mr. Steve Pemberton to give the keynote address. More information about Mr. Pemberton can be found below. The annual Columbia Values Diversity Awards are also presented at the Celebration.
The 2014 Columbia Values Diversity Celebration was held on Thursday, January 16, 2014, from 7:00-8:45am.
Please e-mail us at OCA@GoColumbiaMo.com or call us at (573) 874-6386 if you would like more information or to be added to our celebration mailing list.
A ward of the state for much of his childhood, Steve Pemberton has made opportunity, access, and equality pillars of his personal and professional life. One of America's most inspiring executives, he is recognized as a leader on matters of diversity and inclusion and their importance to the growth of the American industrial complex.
Pemberton is chief diversity officer and divisional vice president for Walgreens, the first such person to hold that responsibility in the company's 110-year history. As such, he directs activities to help serve diverse markets and populations, including customers in medically underserved areas, food deserts, and urban areas, as well as strengthens relationships with diverse suppliers and communities.
His memoir, A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home, chronicles his difficult path through foster care and his determined search for his family. It is an inspirational story that crosses generations and cultures, but specifically whispers to those who have had the odds stacked against them. Pemberton's relentless journey to overcome his setbacks, find his biological family, and right the wrongs of his parents' past is a model for all families to follow. It is a true testament of faith, fortitude, and forgiveness.
Whether sharing the story of how he found his identity or tips on how to create diversity within your organization, Steve Pemberton is a riveting speaker who never fails to inspire his audiences.