Diversity Initiatives - Events
All Diversity events are free and open to the public.
Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 11:00am
Scibelli Hall Gymnasium
This little boy doesn't have a chance in the world." This diary entry, taken from the journal of a babysitter, was the prediction for Steve Pemberton's future, but for him, that defeatist notion would have the exact opposite effect. It would inspire him to move forward through life and triumph over extreme adversity to become the change, and the success, he believed he deserved in the world.
Overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds, Pemberton has gone from being a forgotten ward of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to becoming a trailblazing Divisional Vice President at Walgreens and the first Chief Diversity Officer for the 113 year old company. Prior to that, he made history as the first Chief Diversity Officer and Vice-President of Diversity and Inclusion for an internet start-up while at Monster.com.
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.
Ultimately, Pemberton believes that who we are, our triumphs over adversity, and our successes begin and end with family. It is an exceptionally powerful sentiment from a man who fought to find his way and who in the end believes that you can choose your family after all.
ScholarSip, Food & Wine Tasting Experience
This event will celebrate the creation of the Myra D Smith Scholarship fund as well as celebrate 10 years of diversity and inclusion at Springfield Technical Community College.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Scibelli Hall, 7th floor
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