Fostering Strength 2019

On April 30, 2019, the Junior League of Cedar Rapids hosted the seventh annual Fostering Strength event at the Doubletree Hotel Downtown Cedar Rapids, featuring a keynote address from Steve Pemberton.

There are more than 900 youth in the foster care system in Linn County alone. Come learn more about how we can work together to make life better for those who otherwise might fall between the cracks at the seventh annual Fostering Strength. This event is Junior League of Cedar Rapids’ largest fundraiser. Proceeds from the Fostering Strength fundraiser support Junior League of Cedar Rapids’ Bridging the G.A.P. project, which assists local foster care youth through a variety of activities. Click here for more information on Bridging the G.A.P.

Considered one of America’s most inspiring business and HR leaders, Steve Pemberton’s triumphant life story is about defying seemingly insurmountable beginnings as a child orphaned into foster care. As told in the major motion picture and acclaimed, best-selling memoir, A Chance in the World, adversity only fueled his desire to become a man of resilience, determination and vision. Steve went on to find success as a corporate executive, innovative diversity and inclusion thought leader, visionary youth advocate and acclaimed speaker devoted to inspiring and helping others. Steve’s keynotes, like his life story, amplify his highly motivational messages: Believe in your dreams, rise above obstacles, create opportunities for others, and most of all, persevere.  Armed with a warrior spirit and a servant’s heart, Steve has made equality, access and opportunity pillars of both his professional and personal life. He currently serves as Chief Human Resources Officer for Globoforce, a leading provider of social recognition and continuous performance development solutions.

Read more about speaker, Steve Pemberton here and here.

Learn about past Fostering Strength events here:
2014: Leigh Anne Tuohy, the mom featured in The Blind Side movie
2015: Dr. Jennifer Arnold from TLC’s docu-drama The Little Couple
2016: Travis Lloyd, author of Overcoming Emotional Trauma
2017: Gigi Edwards Bryant, Texas Foster Care Alum and Speaker
2018: Charell Star, Foster Care Alum, Journalist and Media Personality



There’s still an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of local foster youth! Use the link below to support Junior League of Cedar Rapids’ mission and projects, including Bridging the G.A.P. and our scholarship fund.

Donate Here

Apartment in a Suitcase $400

Suitcase Refresher Pack $60

AMP Meal $100