Kendal Wade was born in Washington, DC. He’s an author, small business owner, community activist, licensed mortuary scientist, and a public safety expert. Growing up, Kendal was influenced by some of the most brilliant and successful entrepreneurs, politicians, and military commanders. After moving to Prince George's County, Maryland in 2001, he graduated from Largo High School and Anne Arundel Community College’s Criminal Justice Institute. He later attended the CCBC to study Mortuary Science (finishing his Mortuary studies at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas) and Johns Hopkins University where he studied Organizational Leadership. Ultimately graduating from the FBI LEEDA: Executive Leadership Institute. He also holds certifications in risk management from the IADB, and active shooter response from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management Institute. After serving as the assistant curator of the Howard University Medical School, Kendal began his career in law enforcement in 2010. In 2018 at the age of 29, Kendal ran for Sheriff against his boss in the most affluent predominately African-American County in the United States. Though a “David and Goliath” outcome wasn’t the case for Kendal, he never gave up hope. Inspired by his political exposure, accompanied with his entrepreneurial drive and a heart to serve others, Kendal wrote the ultimate handbook for up and coming trailblazers, A Leader’s Note To Self – 5 Things Every Leader Under 40 Must Remember.” Dubbed “Mr. Public Safety” by Black Enterprise Inc. in 2016, he was selected as one of the Top 100 Modern Men in America. Kendal was recognized by the Social Innovator’s Top 40 Under 40 and also received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service from the Obama Administration. He was also awarded a Bronze Medal for Valor. Kendal is a former Union board member of F.O.P Lodge #112, a Volunteer Fire Service Chaplain, and state public safety caucus Chairman for the Young Democrats of Maryland. He‘s a member of the NAACP, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Grand Lodge of D.C. - Free and Accepted Masons. Kendal enjoys, playing tennis, and baking. He also holds a black belt in TaeKwonDo. Kendal is divorced with no children.
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