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CL19 Rebroadcast: Main Stage | Transforming Experiences Into a Positive Force for Change

February 6, 2019 @ 1:00 pm2:00 pm CST

Pemberton Okamoto

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Two remarkable people will tell their stories of grit and resilience, proving that life experiences can uniquely position all of us to change the world for the better.

Steve Pemberton’s journey has taken him from being an orphan in foster care to a trail-blazing corporate executive, author, and philanthropist. At Monster, Walgreens and in his current role as Globoforce Chief Human Resources Officer, he changed the diversity conversation from classifying people by visible characteristics to focusing on who they are and the life experiences they bring. Steve will share how any organization can shift their paradigm by getting the most out of their teams to increase customer engagement, company morale, and revenue.

Nadya Okamoto personifies the idea of “being the change.” Ever since she was a young girl in Portland, Oregon, her inquisitive nature has inspired her to find solutions to unaddressed problems. At the age of 16 she hopped on Google and figured out how to start her nonprofit, PERIOD, which provides menstrual hygiene products to the homeless. Four years later, Nadya has galvanized multiple generations using social media to garner support and PERIOD now has more than 150 chapters across the U.S. Nadya will explain how she overcame adversity and turned her experiences into a platform for advocacy and women’s empowerment.


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Domain E: Human Resources

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Presenter: Nadya Okamoto
Raised in Portland, Oregon, Nadya Okamoto is a 20-year-old Harvard student and is the Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD (period.org), an organization she founded at the age of 16.
In 2017, Nadya ran for office in Cambridge, MA. While she did not win, her campaign team made historic waves in mobilizing young people on the ground and at polls. Nadya recently signed with publisher Simon and Schuster to write a book to mobilize the Menstrual Movement (coming Fall 2018) — Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement.

Presenter: Steve Pemberton

Steve Pemberton’s triumphant life journey, now a major motion picture, is about defying the seemingly insurmountable odds of the path of the unchosen. A Chance in the World, drawn from his critically acclaimed memoir of the same title, recounts how Steve was orphaned into foster care, then abandoned and betrayed by the very individuals entrusted with his care. Yet these challenges only fueled his desire to become a man of resilience, determination and vision.

He currently serves as Chief Human Resources Officer for Globoforce, a leading provider of social recognition and continuous performance development solutions. Prior to that he served as Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion and Global Chief Diversity Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance. He was the first person in Walgreens’ 100-plus year history to hold the position of Chief Diversity Officer, and under his leadership the company reached record levels of performance in areas of representation, retention, employee engagement and supplier diversity.

Steve is a passionate champion for disadvantaged youth, serving on several boards including United States Business Leadership Network 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 prestigious Horizon Award by the United States Congress, presented to individuals in the private sector who have contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans.


February 6, 2019
1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
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