Steve Pemberton is a trailblazing Corporate Executive, Child Advocate, Motivational Speaker & Author of A Chance In The World (Harper Collins). He currently serves as the Chief Diversity Officer and Divisional Vice-President for Walgreens, living a very different life than the one initially envisioned for him. He has become recognized as one of the nation's leaders on matters of diversity and inclusion and its importance to the growth of the American industrial complex. Considered one of the top Chief Diversity Officers in corporate America, Steve's vision and leadership is changing corporate culture and bolstering productivity in the workplace.
A ward of the state for much of his childhood, Steve has made opportunity, access and equality pillars of his personal and professional life. He is recognized as one of America's most inspiring executives. His unconventional journey to corporate America has had a profound influence on the lives of others, inspiring young people and professionals to overcome challenges and create a path to a brighter future. A Chance In The World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home is Steve's riveting memoir that chronicles his difficult path through foster care and determined search for his family. His relentless journey to overcome, find his biological family, and right the wrongs of his parents' past, is a model for many families to follow. His powerful story has been featured by People Magazine, The Boston Banner, The Boston Herald, Crain's Chicago Business, Chronicle News Magazine, and multiple news networks across the country.
Steve currently serves on several boards including The Home for Little Wanderers and UCAN to provide guidance and inspiration to children in need. The Pemberton Fund For The Future has been established in his name at The Home For Little Wanderers to assist children aging out of the foster care system.
Steve is a graduate of Boston College. He is married and has three children.
Dr. Raymond Reyes
Dr. Raymond F. Reyes currently serves as the Associate Academic Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He has also served as the Interim Director for Gonzaga University's Center for Global Engagement. Prior to these administrative appointments he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Gonzaga University. He had a joint appointment teaching classes at both the undergraduate and graduate level for the Department of Teacher Education and the Department of Administration, Curriculum & Instruction (ACI). He has taught graduate leadership classes in the School of Professional Studies.
Dr. Reyes has published numerous articles and chapters in books on such topics as leadership theory, program evaluation, school reform and multicultural education, diversity and equity, storytelling, and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) student populations.
He is a founding board member of Gonzaga University's Institute for Hate Studies. During Fall Semester 2003 Dr. Reyes was a visiting professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa teaching doctoral seminars for the Department of Economic and Management Sciences. He is currently actively involved with Gonzaga University's study abroad programs in Zambia, Africa.
Dr. Reyes is the proud father of a twenty one-year old son, a nineteen-year old daughter and a twelve old son. These three angels are the master teachers in his life who offer the critical lessons on what it means to be human. In 1996 he was awarded the Eugene T. Carothers Human Relations Award for outstanding service in the fields of human rights and human relations by the National School Public Relations Association.
Historically, Dr. Reyes' community work in the Spokane area includes serving on the Spokane Task Force on Race Relations, United Way, Thin Air Public Radio and Leadership Spokane Board of Directors. For seven years he produced and hosted three community access cable TV programs, i.e., "On Being Human," "Tribal Voices," and "Diversity Works." He loves to run and has successfully completed eleven 26.2-mile marathon road races.
Bob Ferguson is Washington’s 18th Attorney General. As the state’s chief legal officer, he directs 500 attorneys and 600 professional staff providing legal services to state agencies, Governor and Legislature.
Attorney General Ferguson received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in
1995. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, where he was student body president. He began his legal career in Spokane where he served as a law clerk for Chief Judge W. Fremming Nielsen of the Federal District Court for Eastern Washington. He then clerked for Judge Myron Bright of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Midwest.
Attorney General Ferguson returned to Seattle and joined Preston, Gates, and Ellis (now K&L Gates), one of Washington’s leading law firms. Attorney General Ferguson is a fourth-generation Washingtonian. His family homesteaded on the beautiful Skagit River, which may explain why he is such an enthusiastic mountain climber, backpacker, and birder. He has hiked hundreds of miles of Washington trails and climbed many of the state’s highest peaks.
Attorney General Ferguson, his wife Colleen and their twins, Jack and Katie, reside in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of North Seattle.
Attorney General Ferguson’s ongoing priorities are:
- Protecting consumers and seniors against fraud by cracking down on powerful interests that don’t play by the rules;
- Keeping communities safer by supporting law enforcement
- Protecting our environment; and
- Standing up for our veterans by advocating for service men and women and their families.