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:
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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