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Doc Hendley
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Doc Hendley
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  • When his vision and determination moved from the bar room to the field in less than two years, he created an organization committed to providing more than one million people with clean water.
  • Wine To Water has grown from a start-up to providing water to more than 500,000 people in 25 countries in 12 years.
  • Despite his down-home style and every-man appeal, Hendley has great passion and wise insight that inspires audiences to realize they can do something to overcome their fear and move forward, regardless of what they are facing.
  • Doc Hendley is the founder and president of Wine To Water, which provides clean water to more than 500,000 people in 25 countries.

Former bartender Doc Hendley is committed to making sure millions of people have clean drinking water. Named a 2009 CNN Hero, Hendley is president and founder of Wine To Water, a nonprofit that provides access to clean drinking water in impoverished countries around the world.

When Hendley dreamed up this concept in 2003, he was bar-tending and playing music in nightclubs around Raleigh, North Carolina. The following year, he held his first wine-tasting fundraiser for what would become Wine To Water, and by the end of that year, Hendley was living in Darfur, Sudan, installing water systems for victims of the government-supported genocide. Putting his life and his team members’ lives in peril (two of them were killed), Hendley began the process of installing water systems.

When Hendley returned home after a year in Darfur, the haunting memory of what he had seen drove him to continue building the organization he had started two years prior. In 2007, Wine To Water became an official 501(c)(3) and Hendley’s dream became reality.

Wine To Water is working in 25 countries and has served more than 500,000 people by installing, repairing and maintaining water containment systems. Hendley lives in North Carolina with his wife and two sons, but travels often to other parts of the world to oversee Wine To Water’s projects. He is the author of Wine to Water: A Bartender's Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World.

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ON SPEAKING

The pre-speech conference calls are extremely helpful for me to prepare for each event. I like to know exactly who the audience is that I am speaking to and why they are at that specific conference or event in order to prepare for my speech. Also, I really enjoy playing off of each event’s or conference’s specific theme if they have one (i.e. leadership, relationships, social responsibility, etc.).


I've had quite a few memorable events, each special in their own way. The ones I think of the most are events where I had a really special connection not just with the audience but also the client themselves. I can usually tell right there on the first conference call with the client if the event is going to be one of the more "memorable" ones. In my opinion that connection with the client or event host is every bit as important as the overall impact that I am able to make on the audience.

I've learned that the special groups of people who plan these events have a TON on their plates and their jobs are super stressful. So, I make it my personal goal to not only be one less thing that they have to stress about, but to take it a step further and actually have fun working together to help make sure that my speech has the specific impact they want it to have.


Doc Hendley Everyday people have the ability to have an extraordinary impact on the world around them.

CORE Agency What do you want people to learn / take away from your presentations?



Doc Hendley
There are a number of different messages that I try and convey depending on who the audience is. However, there are always a few themes I focus on, regardless of the group:

1. Everyday people have the ability to have an extraordinary impact on the world around them.

2. At the end of the day it's not only our investment in the bottom line that makes or breaks our organizations and us. Our investment in relationships is equally as important.

3. It's not "when" or "if" we fail that defines us or our ability to succeed; rather we are defined by "How" we deal with failures and hardships once they arise.


CORE Agency What kind of special prep work do you do prior to an event? How to you prepare for your speaking engagements?


Doc Hendley
CORE Agency Have you had any particularly memorable speaking engagements / unusual situations arise while on the road?


Doc Hendley
CORE Agency Who are some of your favorite audiences?



Doc Hendley
I am very comfortable in university settings as well as with the health care industry. However, the last few years I've had a lot of opportunities speaking to audiences from the financial industry, (i.e. banks, investment groups, insurance companies, etc.). I've really enjoyed those groups because they challenge me and help me to think outside the box when it comes to my speech and what message I hope to convey. I love challenges and I was born to think outside of the box, so I reckon I have really started to look forward to those types of events as well.
My goal is to relate to the audience where they are right now and help encourage them right where they are.

CORE Agency What types of audiences would most benefit from your message?



Doc Hendley
Any audience that wants to hear a message that is real and relatable to everyday people. I don't have 10 steps to success. I don't begin to think I know it all. And I sure as hell don't think I have "arrived." I am on this journey just like everyone else, and each one of our stories is unique in it's own way.

My goal is to relate to the audience where they are right now and help encourage them right where they are. I never want to be the type that preaches about what things people should be doing and convey the message that only when they follow these steps or rules will they be able to relate to me as a speaker who has "arrived" at some unattainable transcendent level of understanding.


CORE Agency What inspired you to start doing speaking engagements? What got you started?



Doc Hendley
My speaking engagements started almost 10 years ago with audiences of half drunk people in bars or after school programs of mostly runny nosed kindergartners; quite the contrast, yet equally entertaining in their own ways. I spoke out of a desire, or even a necessity, to tell whoever would listen about the need for clean water in this world.

Now my audience is different - just a bit! - and my message has changed or rather grown. Yes, I still speak about the great work that we are doing at Wine To Water, but my goal is to encourage people to use the gifts they've been given, or the jobs they have, to benefit the world or community around them in a unique and fun way.


CORE Agency Which of your keynote topics are the most popular? How are your keynote presentations unique? Which of your keynote speeches do you enjoy the most and why? What are some of the successes you've helped clients make?



Doc Hendley
Many clients have followed up and shared stories of how they as corporations, or individuals within those corporations, have began giving back. It's amazing the responses I've heard over the years. There are groups who have set up their own foundations to support their local communities, individuals who started putting together office service trips both home and abroad, as well as numerous groups that get directly involved with us at Wine To Water.


CORE Agency How much do personal stories and or humor factor into your keynote speech content?



Doc Hendley
Story telling is a very important factor in my speech, and humor is not just important it is vital. I actually have to try and include laughs throughout my speech because some of the stuff I talk about is actually really difficult for me to get through. If I can make the audience, and myself, laugh at the right time it keeps me from dwelling too much on the hard stuff and helps everybody have more fun at the end of the day.

TESTIMONIALS

"Doc was not only charming and modest, he is one of the most inspiring speakers I have ever heard. He takes you on an emotional journey to communities whose living conditions are unimaginable to most of us, and his ability share his vision, his passion, his commitment and his excitement for his global mission has ignited a flame of passion in our membership as well. We have had the pleasure of Doc's company at all of our events since that one last winter, and we have united behind him and his efforts to make a difference in the world. We are better people as the result of knowing Doc... We think Doc is indeed a 'HERO!'"
    Carol Owen, VP, Site Southeast

"Doc is a fantastic person in every way. His humility and dedication to making the world a better place is contagious for children and adults. His colorful and human stories of Africa and his work kept these youngsters captivated. I enthusiastically recommend him."
    Scott Brogan, Founding Director, Brilliant Lecture Series—Conversations with Brilliance

"Doc Hendley is the epitome of the individual who has made a difference. He never planned to do this but when he saw a need, he saw that he had a talent to actually direct efforts at improving that need. As a result literally tens of thousands of people around the world now have clean drinking water they did not have before Doc Hendley came along. I am honored quite frankly to have Doc Hendley graduate as a graduate of NC State."
Dr. Jim Woodward, Chancellor, NC State University

"Doc Hendley is setting a compelling example of the value of hard work and a vision to help others. He has taken a common place object and used it to mobilize communities in America to help suffering communities around the world. He is truly an exceptional North Carolinian and I want to praise him for his dedication to serving needy and suffering people. He has taken personal risks to do the hard work of providing water and clean water education in far flung locations around the globe."
    Rep. Virginia Fox, North Carolina, 5th District, Winston-Salem

PROGRAMS

Doc Hendley is a down-to-earth man who likes to ride his Harley, play his music and enjoy his family. He never thought he’d be making the kind of difference he is today through his organization Wine To Water. As founder and president, he aims to help one million people worldwide who lack access to clean water get clean water.

Digging for Hope: Turning Wine to Water & Other Modern Day Miracles

  • How to do what we can with what we have
  • Illustrates the immense power of relationships to transcend perceived barriers
  • Proves the power of one to transform the impossible into the inevitable
  • In his talks to audiences, he explains the dire need for clean water—a basic right—around the world:

  • Unclean water is the number one killer of children in the world.
  • Every 15 seconds a child dies from unclean water.
  • Waterborne illnesses kill far more children than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Asians don’t have access to clean water.
  • In the sub-Saharan Africa, more than 40% of the population does not have the ability to sanitize their water.

    He also shares his story about founding Wine To Water—the challenges and the victories. He talks about the successes the organization continues to have and what kept him going when he felt like giving up or had no idea what his next steps would be. When he speaks, Hendley’s passion challenges his audience to improve each and every day, and to help those who can’t necessarily help themselves. As he brings his story to life, he also brings to light the immediate need for each person to change the world in a meaningful way.

  • BEST-SELLING BOOKS

    Wine to Water: A Bartender's Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World
    The captivating story of an ordinary bartender who's changing the world through clean water.

    Doc Hendley never set out to be a hero. In 2004, Hendley—a small-town bartender—launched a series of wine-tasting events to raise funds for clean-water projects and to bring awareness to the world's freshwater crisis. He planned to donate the proceeds through traditional channels, but instead found himself traveling to one of the world's most dangerous hot spots: Darfur, Sudan.

    There, Doc witnessed a government-sponsored genocide where the number—one weapon wasn't bullets—it was water. The Janjaweed terrorists had figured out that shooting up a bladder containing 10,000 liters of water, or dumping rotting corpses into a primary water source is remarkably efficient for the purposes of mass extermination. With limited funds, Doc realized that he couldn't build new wells costing $10,000 a pop, but he could hire local workers to restore a damaged well for a mere $50 each. He'd found his mission. Today, Doc and Wine to Water continue to help stricken peoples repair and maintain water-containment systems in places like Darfur, Cambodia, Uganda, and Haiti.

    Doc is a regular, rough-and-tumble guy who loves booze, music, and his Harley—but he also wanted to help. Wine to Water is a gripping story about braving tribal warfare and natural disasters and encountering fascinating characters in far-flung regions of the world. It is also an authoritative account of a global crisis and an inspirational tale that proves how ordinary people can improve the world.

    EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
    Exclusive Interview Doc Hendley
    “You can be a stay at home mom, a flight attendant, an event planner, or a bartender and you have just as much ability to change the world around you as Angelina Jolie or that guy from U2, maybe even greater ability.”

    Read Doc's inspiring interview, where he discusses:

  • Why he started the global charity, Wine to Water.
  • Current challenges for improving human rights.
  • Inspiring others to do good in the world.

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