Steve Pemberton
Chief People Officer, Workhuman CHRO | Board Director | USA Today Best-Selling Author
Steve Pemberton
Steve Pemberton
Steve Pemberton
Chief People Officer, Workhuman CHRO | Board Director | USA Today Best-Selling Author
"You should always speak to young people in the language of their dream and not their circumstances, because the circumstances are not their doing. You have some power to make their dreams come true.'
2021 Champion
2021 Champion

Steve has never forgotten the chances that bent the arc of his life. That is why he has made equality, access, and opportunity pillars of both his professional and personal life. From his participation on several non-profit boards to establishing A Chance in the World Foundation, Steve remains a relentless champion for those who have often been left in the shadows. His commitment to others, and his refusal to accept things as they are, have earned him national recognition, including the coveted Trumpet Award and the prestigious Horizon Award by the United States Congress.

He currently serves as Chief People Officer for Workhuman. Previously Pemberton served as Global Chief Diversity Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance, the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise in the world. He was the first person in Walgreens’ 100-plus-year history to hold the position of Chief Diversity Officer, overseeing the company’s global efforts to create and maintain a diverse and inclusive environment that reflects the culture, people, and perspectives of the many nations in which they do business. Before his post at Walgreens Pemberton was the Chief Diversity Officer for Monster.com where he helped the company achieve all-time growth in applicants.