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On February 27, 2020, Steve Pemberton shared his inspirational story as Southcoast Health’s Diversity Recognition Key Note Speaker to celebrate Black History Month. During his visit, Steve toured the St Luke’s STOICO Firstfed Maternity unit, met with our Diversity and Inclusion Council, and spoke to a full auditorium while simultaneously being streamed to three other Southcoast sites and the Facebook community.  You can watch the entire speech and story here.


Born at St. Luke’s Hospital, Steve defied seemingly insurmountable odds by overcoming his experience in this region’s foster care system to become a trailblazing corporate executive, enlightened diversity leader, visionary youth advocate and an acclaimed speaker.

Steve’s bestselling book, A Chance in the World, became a major motion picture and further amplified his overall motivational messages: Believe in your dreams, rise above obstacles, create opportunities for others and, most of all, persevere.

View his visit to Southcoast Health in the videos below.