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Doc Hendley

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Global Humanitarian, Clean Water Crusader, Grassroots Change Maker, Top 10 CNN Hero

Fee Range: $20,001 – $30,000
North Carolina
Phone: 800-328-6008

Doc Hendley is the Founder and President of Wine To Water, a global non-profit preserving life and dignity through the power of clean water. Wine To Water is committed to building a holistic, community-based model by supporting the life and dignity of all through the power of clean water. Their teams around the globe integrate strategies for social, environmental, and economic impacts through access to clean water.

Doc did not dream of dedicating his life to humanitarian efforts in developing countries. Far from it, in fact. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a communications degree that he wasn’t sure how to use. While bartending to pay the bills, he noticed the men and women sitting on the stools seemed to want to be part of something bigger. The 30-year-old Hendley got inspired behind the bar and traveled to Darfur, Sudan, and with the money raised, began installing water systems for victims of government-supported genocide.

In 2004 Hendley launched Wine To Water (W|W) from an idea that started with wine tastings and a humble donation jar. W|W radically transformed the process of bringing clean water to people in need anywhere in the world. To date, Wine To Water has dug, repaired, and sanitized drinking wells for nearly 2 million people in 53 countries. While developing water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions (WASH) in direct partnership with local leaders, WTW creates impact beyond water. This impact includes environmental sustainability, improved education, women’s empowerment, better healthcare, and economic growth.

For his life-saving work, Doc Hendley was named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2009 chosen from over 9,000 applicants by a panel of judges, including General Colin Powell, Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Turner, and Sir Elton John.

Doc Hendley is the epitome of the individual who has made a difference. Because of Doc and his organization, hundreds of thousands of people around the world have access to clean drinking water. Hendley is proof that anyone, even a “tattooed keg-tapper,” can cure what ails the world.

Speech Titles and Descriptions:

Hell Or High Water: How One Man Turned Wine Into Water And Transformed Customers Into Crusaders

Doc Hendley was once a small-town bartender with a dream of changing the world through clean water. Through a series of simple wine-tasting events to raise funds for clean-water projects that he launched in North Carolina, he has created an international fundraising organization that provides clean water and sanitation to people in need around the world. In this speech, Hendley shares insights on how others can put simple ideas into action and use it to solve problems on the local, national, and international level.

Digging For Hope: Turning Wine To Water And Other Modern Day Miracles

In this inspirational keynote, Wine To Water founder Doc Hendley teaches audiences a simple but profound principle for improving the world: do what they can with what they have. As the founder of an international fundraising organization that had humble origins, Hendley illustrates the immense power of relationships to transcend perceived barriers, proving the power of one to transform the impossible into the inevitable.

Turning Passion Into Action: The Wine To Water Filter Build® Experience

Filter Builds engage participants as volunteers in a meaningful, impactful team-building experience that leads to the empowerment of communities around the globe through the power of clean water. The WTW Filter Build® Experience offers a meaningful, hands-on approach to impacting communities worldwide with clean water. Whether your Filter Build® event is for a team of 25 or 14,000 co-workers and vendors meeting up at your global conference – this team-building, purpose-driven event is a great way to build relationships, purpose, and passion as you connect and give back.


“Wow wow wow! Doc was beyond phenomenal. Thank you doesn't begin to cover it.”

Eileen - HFMA

“Doc Hendley was the perfect closing speaker for the day. Most of our guests (me included) remarked that he was the most inspiring speaker they had ever seen. A truly incredible individual, we could not be happier with the results of Doc Hendley’s program and visit to our national conference.”

Nicole B. - Sysco

“Doc was a hit with our audience. Yes, yes, he got a standing ovation, and damn if he didn’t make me tear up a couple of times. He was just very authentic and compelling on stage and very easy to work with offstage.”

James C. - Executive Director, WIN

“Thanks again for participating in the Spectrum Health event last week. We have been hearing nothing but great comments about your presentation. Several people have approached me and said that it was the best keynote we have ever had for this event! Thanks again for such a powerful, motivational presentation!”

Amy - Spectrum Health

“Doc was amazing! It was the most well-attended event in the seven-year history.”

Blair R. - Young Professionals Network

“I have never seen a room full of engineers give a standing ovation for a speaker…and Doc brought this crowd to their feet. Attendees stood in line just to shake Doc’s hand and say thank you – thank you for inspiring me, thank you for telling us your story, thank you for reminding us that we all can make a difference. Event planners take note: if you choose to book Doc for your event, you absolutely will impress every attendee, every Board member, every guest, every client – and YOU will know you made a difference by making that choice. What an honor it is to have helped spread Doc’s message!”

American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina

“Doc delivers a very inspiring story of how one person can make a difference. In today’s complex world, he takes you back to the basics and points out that sometimes, the simplest solutions provide the best outcome. His story is transferable to many aspects of life where mission, passion, and service intersect. While his story creates impact at the highest level, you leave inspired to make a difference.”

Julie Jones, Board of Directors - Association for Healthcare Foodservice


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