Pamela Larde, PhD

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Pamela Larde, PhD

Director of Education

Dr. Pamela Larde, a professor, coach, award-winning author, and business owner, is committed to engaging in the work of advancing the reach and commitment of the coaching profession to serve and build up heart-centered leaders around the world. As a dedicated member of the global community, Dr. Larde is committed to taking the lead in addressing compelling social issues through the Academy of Creative Coaching, an ICF and SHRM accredited coach training and certification school she founded in 2013 to serve individuals and organizations across the globe wishing to elevate their skills and credibility around coaching, leadership, and cultural competency. Powered by a solid team of trainers and experts, the Academy offers evidence-based certification and training for individuals desiring to undertake professional coaching as a career and for organizations committed to providing professional development to their teams. In an industry severely in need of greater diversity and inclusion initiatives, the Academy of Creative Coaching is currently the only black female owned ICF ACTP accredited coaching school in the world. Through this lens, Dr. Larde and her team are intentional about integrating values of belonging, human dignity, justice and care for the whole person into every fiber of the organization.

Experience, Affiliations, and Scholarship

Strongly committed to education and research, Dr. Larde spent twelve years in student leadership development at the Claremont Colleges and Marquette University, eleven years as a professor of research at Mercer University's Tift College of Education, and was recently appointed Associate Professor of Leadership for Anderson University's PhD Leadership Program.

Dr. Larde is a certified coach and received training in suicide prevention, motivational interviewing, and substance abuse counseling. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, a master’s degree in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University, and a Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University.

Her research focuses on race and gender dynamics, self-motivation, joy resilience, and posttraumatic growth. She is a member of the International Leadership Association, the International Association for Relationship Research, the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators, the American College Personnel Association, the National Incarceration Association, and Exceptional Women in Publishing. Additionally, she has written three books, has contributed chapters to scholarly publications, and presents her research extensively for national and international audiences. Recent publications and presentations include:

  • Joy Resilience: Four Strategies for Integrating Joy as a means for Enhancing Quality of Life. Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Virtual presentation. January 2021
  • Coaching with Compassion: The Intersection Between Cultural Competency and Recovery. Yale University & Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Virtual Presentation. August 2020
  • How Educators Who Use a Relativistic Coach Approach Can Nurture Post‐Traumatic Growth in Students Who Have Experienced Trauma. Poster Session. Coaching in Leadership & Healthcare Conference. Boston, MA. October 2020
  • How the Role of Educators Can Change the Trajectory for Students Who Have Experienced Trauma. Pre-Conference Workshop. International Leadership Association International Conference. Ottawa, Canada October 2020
  • The Mindful Leader: Self-Coaching and Mindfulness Techniques that Improve Personal Health and Corporate Culture for Greater Effectiveness at Work. Critical Questions Conference. Chicago, IL. November 2020
  • The Reverse Domino Effect: How the Role of Educators Nurture Self-Belief, Self-Determination, and Post-Traumatic Growth in Students Who Have Experienced Trauma. National Association for Student Personnel Administrators Student Success Conference. Orlando, FL. June 2019
  • The Reverse Domino Effect: How the Role of Educators Nurture Self-Belief, Self-Determination, and Post-Traumatic Growth in Students Who Have Experienced Trauma. Critical Questions Conference. Savannah, GA. March 2019
  • How the Role of Educators Nurture Self-Belief, Self-Determination, and Post-Traumatic Growth in Students Who Have Experienced Trauma. Eastern Educational Research Association. Myrtle Beach, SC. January 2019
  • Foreword. First-Generation College Student Research Studies. Eds. Hicks, Butler, and Myrick. Hamilton Books. Lanham, MD. 2019
  • We Must Encourage Self-belief, Self-determination for Youth to Experience Post-traumatic Growth. Youth Today. October 2018
  • Post-traumatic Growth: Hope Is a Strategy, Not a Feeling. Youth Today. October 2018
  • Why Young People Take Social Action: Self-Determination and Youth Activism. Youth Today. June 2018
  • Strategies employed by first-generation college aspirants of color to resist stereotype threat and discrimination. In Spirituality Research Studies in Higher Education. Ed. Hicks. University Press of America. 2015
  • Misconceptions of family support among first-generation African American and Mexican American students who pursue higher education. In College student-efficacy research studies. Eds. Hicks & Pitre. University Press of America. 2014
  • Letters to the brokenhearted. Tandem Light Press, Atlanta, GA. 2013
  • How African American first-generation students make it to college. In Research studies in higher education: Educating multicultural students. Eds. Hicks & Pitre. University Press of America. 2013

Community Engagement

Dr. Larde has remained committed to serving the community through initiatives that include working with Morris Brown College as a partner in their successful, unprecedented re-accreditation process. Her team provided training for board members, developed their all-online program in response to COVID-19, and assisted with the writing of the accreditation documents. Internationally, the Academy of Creative Coaching is in partnership with a prison to offer pro-bono coach training and certification to inmates and employees.

With a heart to amplify the voices of the often unheard who have compelling stories and wisdom to impart, Dr. Larde has created two platforms that provide access to publication and broadcasting to emerging influencers. She is the founder and president of Tandem Light Press, a publishing company committed to publishing award-winning books written for women and by women; and her podcast, recently renamed The Joy Whisperer is a platform for discussion that covers issues concerning humanity, intellect, change, and of course... joy.

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