Graduating Class: 2013
Industry: Education & Training
Kendrick Friendly is a transformational leader who is committed to family, equitable education and community advocacy. Kendrick received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Northern Colorado and later received a Master degree in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University. Kendrick is also a 2013 Chamber Connect Leadership Development Program graduate.
Born and raised in Northeast Denver, Kendrick was instilled with a keen sense of community, culture and the importance of education. Kendrick’s experiences growing up taught him the importance of giving back to the community, understanding and respecting tradition and history and most importantly, the value of life experiences as stepping stones to learn and grow as an individual.
Kendrick is committed to creating opportunities for underserved populations through education, social justice and advocacy. Throughout his professional career, Kendrick has created opportunities for students to obtain a college education, develop soft skills, helped improve retention and matriculation of students of color in secondary and postsecondary education and most importantly played a part in developing emerging leaders.
Kendrick intends to leave a legacy as an educator, mentor and community advocate who provided opportunities and made a difference for those he served. As a transformational leader, Kendrick wants to be remembered as someone who walked the walk and gave selflessly of himself to leave the world a better place.
Kendrick lives by the motto: Be true to you. As Fred Hampton said, “”If you walk through life and don’t help anybody, you haven’t had much of a life”