Larde, Pamela

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Pamela Larde

Dr. Pamela Larde, a professor, coach, 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. Dr. Larde is intentional about integrating values of belonging, human dignity, justice and care for the whole person into every fiber of her work. 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, which she founded in 2013 as the first black female-owned accredited coaching school with the International Coaching Federation.

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 publications in education and research, and presents her research for national and international audiences.

  • Revolutionary Joy as an Approach to DEI Work in Education: INDEX Conference Keynote Address. Chicago, IL. January 2024
  • Power, Gender, Leadership, and Change: Ethical Implications for Coaching. Coaching Ethics Conference. December 2023
  • Joyfully Single: A Revolutionary Guide to Enlightenment, Wholeness and Change. Tandem Light Press, Atlanta, GA. 2023
  • Coaching Joy: Helping Clients Flourish Personally and Professionally Through Change. WBECS 2023 Pre- and Full Summit. 2023
  • Coaching: The Key to Engaging and Retaining Your Talent. National Association for Student Personnel Administrators. April 2023.
  • The Science of Joy as a Revolutionary Approach to Coaching. Day of Discovery. Coaching Research Lab at Case Western Reserve University. Cleveland, Ohio. March 2023
  • Revolutionary and Effective Change at Work: Keys to Flourishing Through Transition. Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Virtual presentation. December 2022
  • 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 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 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
  • 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 such as 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. Her podcast, The Joy Whisperer is a platform for discussion that covers issues concerning humanity, intellect, change, and of course... joy.


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