Chief of Diversity, Walgreens Boots Alliance & Author
Pemberton’s story is about defying the odds— overcoming abuse and neglect as an orphan in foster care to become a corporate executive, enlightened diversity leader, visionary youth advocate and acclaimed speaker.
When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar left the NBA in 1989 at age 42, no player had ever scored more points, blocked more shots, won more MVP Awards or logged more seasons; but his most important triumph was beating cancer.
Nazario, a former projects reporter for The Los Angeles Times, has covered social issues, earning her dozens of national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her series “Enrique’s Journey.”
An award-winning jazz musician, McBride is the author of The New York Times bestseller, The Color of Water, a memoir that has become a modern classic. The book was adapted into the film Miracle at St. Anna.