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Press Release for Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Best-Selling Author Steve Pemberton Speaks at UNF Annual MLK Scholarship Luncheon

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

Steve Pemberton, a best-selling author, motivational speaker and youth advocate, will be the guest speaker at the 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon at noon Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the Adam W. Herbert University Center, Building 43, Grand Banquet Hall, Room 1044, on the University of North Florida campus. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Pemberton will discuss “Creating Diversity to Bolster Productivity.”

Steve Pemberton has always made equality, access and opportunity pillars of his professional and personal life. He currently serves as chief diversity officer and divisional vice president for Walgreens, one of America’s oldest and most successful companies. He is the first person in the company’s 113-year history to hold this position.

His relentless march to adulthood is captured in his memoir, “A Chance in the World,” which describes the extraordinary challenges of navigating a foster care system that had forgotten about him, while trying to solve the mystery of his identity and one day, triumphantly return home. Pemberton is aided in his quest by the kindnesses of several mysterious strangers who are unaware that their gifts are giving him the resolve to carry on and fulfill his purpose. These benefactors sit at the core of his powerful talks and central message; that perhaps you can choose your family after all.

That belief is what defines Pemberton’s life mission today. He currently serves on several boards, including The Home for Little Wanderers and UCAN to provide guidance and inspiration to the most vulnerable in our nation. 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. His efforts have earned him national recognition, including the 2014 coveted Trumpet Award and the 2014 Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation Helping Hand Award.

Tickets for the luncheon are $30 for individuals, $500 for silver-level corporate tables (including a table for eight and table signage) and $1,000 for gold-level corporate tables (including a table for eight, table signage, preferred seating, recognition in the program and a special thank you from the podium during the luncheon).

Tickets for the event, sponsored by the UNF Intercultural Center for PEACE, can be purchased through the UNF Ticket Box Office, located in Lassiter Hall, Building 8, Room 1100, by calling (904) 620-2878 or online at

For more information about this event, contact UNF’s Intercultural Center for PEACE at (904) 620-2475.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.