Meet Pamela Larde: College Professor, Entrepreneur & Author

Shoutout Atlanta had the good fortune of connecting with Pamela Larde and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Pamela, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Not only am I a risk-taker, I am a radical risk-taker. I know of no other way to live. Every phase of my personal and professional life consists of me taking a major leap of some sort with nothing more than a vision of how I might land. Sometimes, my landings fall short, and other times, I far exceed my expectations, but in every case, I grow in ways that make me want to find another opportunity to leap. Risk-taking can be scary, but I truly don’t see how to make it from level of living to the next without taking a chance. As a young single mom, I took major risks by leaving home on a whim to pursue a college education with my 10-month old son by my side. Those were the most crucial years of my life as I had to navigate life on my own, juggling three jobs with a full schedule of classes, and no secure housing for months after my arrival.

My son and I slept on the couches and floors of kind strangers until I could secure a place of our own. Those years showed me everything I was capable of accomplishing. I have since taken risks to purchase homes, to pursue my education, to become a college professor, to start businesses, and to reclaim my life with a schedule and boundaries that work for me as a mother and a professional. It has taken the risk of standing up for myself, financial risks, and even security risks, but all of it has been absolutely worth it and risks I will boldly take again.

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