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Kendrick Dial

Intuitive soul coach

Kendrick Dial is an example of what is possible when you focus on your strengths and are able to couple your purpose with your passion. He serves in a diverse range of roles that enable him to use his abilities as an artist, counselor, consultant, coach, trainer, and teaching artist. He attended SDSU where he received his BA in Africana Studies/Psychology in 2010. In 2013, he graduated from USC with his MSW with a concentration in Community Organization and Policy Administration.

Interning with the policy analyst under Child Welfare Services was an insightful and rewarding experience that truly opened him to the possible roles of a social worker. He currently works with the following organizations: San Diego City College, Strengths Consulting Group, Child Welfare Development Academy, and the Old Globe Theatre. He has worked previously with the National Conflict Resolution Center, The Restorative Justice Mediation Program, The Playwrights Project, YMCA, and BOOST Collaborative.

On the creative side, Kendrick started as an accomplished spoken word artist publishing his first poetry book Da JOYNT, in 2005. He has worked with the poetry collective, Collective Purpose for over 10 years hosting one of Southern California’s highest-attended open mic events, ELEVATED. He has collaborated to perform and produce shows that inspire, challenge, educate, and entertain with a number of arts-based organizations. One of the notable organizations he collaborates with is called BkSoul, which is an ensemble with includes spoken word artists, dancers, vocalists, and musicians whose shows revolve around social justice, self-awareness, and building community. bkSoul productions include noted works such as Illegible, Hip Hop Saved My Life, The Movement, HER, and Lioness. In 2010, upon discovering his innate love for music, he confounded an award-winning spoken soul band called the Lyrical Groove. Although Kendrick has always had an appreciation for the theatre, he was truly able to dive into his appreciation by working with the Playwrights Project and then partaking in various theatre productions. In 2017, he was a part of the spoken word opera Ordinary Magic. In 2018, he was cast in the POP Tour production of Home of the Brave (La Jolla Playhouse), and then Blacktop Sky (Ira Aldridge Theatre). He is also a teaching artist with the Old Globe. He recently completed a veteran playwriting workshop with the La Jolla Playhouse where he is working on his own two-person production.

Over the years Kendrick has collaborated with numerous organizations create various creative projects that further the mission of those organizations. These include: Eveoke Dance Theatre, YMCA, Transcendence, SDSU Theatre Department Mo’olelo Theatre.

Professional Credentials

Licenses & Certifications

  • 2014 Hip Hop Artist of the Year

  • 2015 Hip Hop Album of the Year (Spoken Soul)

  • 2017 Hip Hop Artist of the Year

education background

  • B. A. Africana Studies/Psychology

  • Masters of Social Work

Professional Experience

  • Executive/Human Services Coach

  • Facilitator/ Trainer

  • Cultural Responsive Leadership Trainer

  • Curriculum Developer

  • Restorative Justice Facilitator

  • Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor


  • Human Services

  • Management Leadership and Staff across California

  • Culture Brokers LA
    Child Family Well-being

  • San Diego
    UCSD Staff and Students

  • SDSU Faculty and Students
    San Diego Community

  • Colleges Staff and Students
    Northern California 

Arts Roles

  • Writer, playwright, essayist

  • Film Composer

  • Producer

  • Actor

  • Voice Over Artist

  • MC/Host

  • Lyricist

Trainings & workshops

  • Restorative Justice Mediation
  • Personal Growth 
  • Defining Your Creativity
  • Strengthsfinder and Teambuilding
  • Art of Communication (Conflict Resolution)
  • An Exploration of Communication
  • Fatherhood Engagement
  • Art of Authentic Engagement
  • Identifying and Managing Bias
  • CRA: Implicit Bias
  • Soul of Cultural Humility
  • The Heart of Hip Hop
  • Understanding Race and Racism
  • Empathetic Listening
  • Art of Coaching
  • Strengths Based Leadership