Steve Pemberton

Steve Pemberton

CHRO, Workhuman

Steve Pemberton joined Workhuman in December of 2017 as chief human resources officer (CHRO) and works with HR leaders and senior management executives worldwide to help build workplaces where every employee feels recognized, respected, and appreciated for who they are and what they do. He champions and promotes the Workhuman movement to inspire HR leaders to embrace more humanity and foster a sense of purpose in the workplace. And, Steve is focused on building upon Workhuman’s award-winning culture, where we have set a new industry standard through our own power usage of recognition and positivity.

Prior to joining Workhuman, Steve served as chief diversity officer and vice president of diversity and inclusion for Walgreens Boots Alliance. Prior to assuming his role at Walgreens, he served as chief diversity officer at In 2015, he was appointed by United States Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Competitive Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities.

A passionate human rights champion, Steve has made equality, access and opportunity the foundation of his personal and professional life. Author of the best-selling memoir, “A Chance in the World,” Steve chronicled his journey as a ward of the state for much of his childhood. His tireless advocacy for the disenfranchised has earned him numerous accolades, including honorary doctorates from Winston-Salem State University, Mt. Ida College and Boston College, as well as the prestigious Horizon Award by the U.S. Congress, presented to private sector individuals who have expanded opportunities for all Americans through their own personal contributions, and who have set exceptional examples for young people through their successes in life. He is a Boston College graduate and serves on several nonprofit boards, including UCAN (Chicago), New Yorkers for Children, and The United States Business Leadership Network.

CHRO Panel: Where Does HR Sit in the Age of Social Impact?
Amy Cappellanti-Wolf, SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Symantec Corporation
Jim Link, Chief Human Resources Officer, Randstad North America
Mike Malloy, Chief People Officer, Quicken Loans
Steve Pemberton, Chief Human Resources Officer, Globoforce

Over the past year, heightened social activism and record low unemployment have driven an important shift in the balance of power in the workplace. People want – and expect – their voices to be heard. There is a noticeable distrust in positional authority, and the latest targets are the C-suite and human resources. How can […]

Navigating Employee Emotions at Work

Focusing on the Good: A More Scientific and Empathetic Look at D&I
Steve Pemberton, CHRO, Globoforce
Jesse Harriott, Executive Director, WorkHuman Analytics & Research Institute

For all the progress companies have made in the area of diversity and inclusion, are we over complicating our efforts? Are current programs and practices delivering intended results? Could a simple mindset shift to focus on all the good that’s happening in our organizations be a new path forward? In this session, Steve Pemberton, CHRO […]

Merging Humanity & Technology