Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Mark your calendars!  The date has been set for Foster Angels of South Texas Foundation’s 2018 Annual Appreciation Luncheon.  The event will be held at the Solomon P. Ortiz International Center on Wednesday, April 25th 2018, at 11:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker, Senior Executive, and Best Selling Author, “Steve Pemberton’s story is about defying seemingly insurmountable odds— overcoming abuse and neglect as an orphan in foster care to become a trail-blazing corporate executive, enlightened diversity leader, visionary youth advocate and acclaimed speaker.  His best-selling memoir, A Chance in the World, recounts his triumphant life journey and drive to become a man of resilience, determination and vision.  Now an upcoming major motion picture, A Chance in the World further amplifies Steve’s highly motivational messages: Believe in your dreams, rise above obstacles, create opportunities for others, and most of all, persevere.

Determined to use his success as a platform to lift up others, Steve has made equality, access and opportunity pillars of both his professional and personal life.  He currently serves as Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion and Global Chief Diversity Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance, the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise in the world.  He is the first person in Walgreens’ 100-plus year history to hold the position of Chief Diversity Officer, overseeing the company’s global efforts to create and maintain a diverse and inclusive environment that reflects the culture, people and perspectives of the many nations in which they do business.  In his personal life, Steve is a passionate champion for disadvantaged youth, serving on several boards including The Home for Little Wanderers and UCAN.  He established The Pemberton Fund for the Future at The Home for Little Wanderers to provide help and guidance to children aging out of foster care.  Steve’s achievements have earned him national recognition, including the coveted Trumpet Award and the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Helping Hand Award.  He was also awarded the prestigious Horizon Award by the United States Congress, presented to individuals in the private sector who have contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans.

As a keynote speaker, Steve has earned high praise for his highly collaborative style, working closely with clients to seamlessly customize his content to the messaging goals for each event.  A gifted communicator and powerful storyteller, Steve consistently receives stellar reviews for his ability to connect with a wide spectrum of audiences, ranging from business and healthcare organizations to education and community groups.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate extraordinary youth in foster care and those that shine light in their lives.  As a sponsor, you will receive event recognition, one table sign with ten seats and your name/logo will appear in our program.  Individual seats are also available.  Click here to make your online contribution or download our printable Sponsorship Donation Form here and mail to:

Foster Angels of South Texas Foundation
800 North Shoreline Boulevard, Suite 2750-S
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401-3700

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”  STEVE MARABOLI


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