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Business Leader & Child Advocate
Taking Ownership of Your Career & Developing Your Personal Brand
8:15am |Monday August 31, 2015
A ward of the state for much of his childhood, Steve Pemberton has made opportunity, access, and equality pillars of his personal and professional life. Pemberton is chief diversity officer and divisional vice president for Walgreens, the first such person to hold that responsibility in the company’s 110-year history. His memoir, A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home, chronicles his difficult path through foster care and his determined search for his family. It is an inspirational story that crosses generations and cultures, but specifically whispers to those who have had the odds stacked against them. @ChancentheWorld
Actor, Director and Producer
Defining Your Dream
8:15am | September 1, 2015
A charismatic and versatile actor, Blair Underwood has found success acting in television, on stage, and on the big screen. His success has been driven by the underlying belief that, in order to achieve longevity in the acting business, you must diversify yourself and become as flexible as possible. Underwood has received 12 industry nods from the Golden Globes and the NAACP Image Awards, with five wins from the NAACP Image Awards, for his roles in film and television on City of Angels, Rules of Engagement, L.A. Law, Mama Flora’s Family, and Murder in Mississippi. In 2000, People magazine named him one of its “50 Most Beautiful People,” and in 2004 named him one of the “Sexiest Men Alive.” @BlairUnderwood
Co-Founder of Scripps Networks Interactive & Former Chief Operating Officer, HGTV
The Leader Within: Growing Your Leadership Team
11:00am | September 2, 2015
Susan Packard is co-founder and former chief operating officer of HGTV. Packard held a variety of senior positions at Scripps Networks Interactive, (NYSE: SNI), the leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet. Packard was the first woman elected to serve on the board of directors of Churchill Downs, Inc. NASDAC: CHDN), the owner and manager of the Kentucky Derby and other horse-racing properties. In 2013, Packard wrote a book entitled New Rules of the Game, a smart business guide that reveals how women can use strategic gamesmanship to succeed in corporate America. @PackardSusan