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Doc Hendley Founder of Wine To Water & One of the Top 10 CNN 2009 Heroes

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“There is one thing that rings true every time I get the pleasure of hearing Doc Hendley speak—his passion comes through and hits you like nothing you’ve ever experienced in your lifetime. It’s not just the way he interacts with the audience, a sort of down home person that you seem to already know even though you don’t, but it’s the message about improving who we are as people each and every day, and helping those who have difficulty helping themselves because of places they live in or the circumstances of their country. Doc brings that message of hope and seems to naturally lift every person out of their comfort chair and into the wilds of Africa or the devastation in Haiti right alongside him. You feel everything that he feels and see everything that he saw. We are just enamored to be part of his world in a small way and hoping to work with him to better our world in a meaningful way.”

Rich Henning, United Water, 2011 North American Managers Conference

Our conference went very well and Doc Hendley was the perfect closing speaker for the day. Most of our guests (myself included) remarked that he was the most inspiring speaker they had ever seen. And further, Doc stayed for our cocktail reception and interacted with our group. A truly incredible individual, we could not be happier with the results of Doc Hendley's program and visit to our national conference.


Doc delivers a very inspiring story of how one person can make a difference. His story covers many continents and tragedies with a central and simple theme of providing safe water. 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 as well.

The Association for Healthcare Foodservice

Doc's message was powerful, impactful, and inspiring. He was a perfect example for our students of how even an everyday individual can make a difference in the world around them. His authentic and heart-felt story was one that will stay with our students for years to come and his engaging and thoughtful keynote both challenged and inspired our students to think critically about their leadership. We were simultaneously moved, entertained, and inspired. Doc has a real gift, and I am so grateful he was able to share it with our campus.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville