Welcome to the LIGHTHOUSE LIFE!


A Personal Journey

From Tragedy to Triumph

My story is about defying seemingly insurmountable odds to become a trail-blazing corporate executive, enlightened diversity leader, visionary youth advocate, and acclaimed speaker.

My best-selling books, A Chance in the World and The Lighthouse Effect, recount my triumphant life journey and drive to become a man of resilience, determination, and vision.

I can teach you how to: Believe in your dreams, rise above obstacles, create opportunities for others, and most of all, persevere.

I will never forget the chances that bent the arc of my life. That is why I make equality, access, and opportunity the pillars of both my professional and personal life.

Lighting The Way For Others!

It is no accident that Steve’s entire career has been spent in organizations that would help people improve their lives. From access to higher education and quality healthcare to finding better career opportunities, Steve has helped people all over the world chart their life course.
  • Global Chief Diversity Officer for the 130 billion dollar, 320,000 employee Walgreens Boots Alliance  

  • Understands and drives value in supplier diversity, brand positioning in diverse communities and engagement in community affairs. 

  • Built out a world class diversity and inclusion initiative across the entire company.  This work included helping create diabetes, breast cancer and sickle cell centers of excellence.       

  • Led efforts on employing people with disabilities.  Helped people “get their chance” who had otherwise been marginalized by society.  Inspired culture to want to help others be given more of a chance in life. 

  • Pemberton served as Chief Diversity Officer for this jobsite giant which, during his tenure, grew to over one million resumes onsite and over 63 million job applicants at any one time. Pemberton developed the term “Next Practices” to reflect the need for a stronger alignment between diversity and inclusion and driving shareholder value.  

  • Repositioned the platform to better enable people to find jobs that advanced their lives by bringing diversity into the core platform.    

Steve Interviews Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Steve Appears on The Red Carpet Before The World Premier of “A Chance in The World”

Steve Gives a Keynote Address at Boston College

Steve Receives A Philanthropic Award Alongside Earvin “Magic” Johnson

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