General Sessions

 

Wednesday, October 25


Doc Hendley

Opening General Session
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

 

Doc Hendley is the epitome of the individual who has made a difference. Tens of thousands of people around the world have clean drinking water they did not have before an idea popped into the head of this “tattooed keg-tapper” musician’s head.

Hendley realized that just by using his ability to tend bar and create relationships with people, he might be able to help the problem. At the bars where he worked, he started raising money to fight this water epidemic the best way he knew how, by pouring wine and playing music. He has taken personal risks to do the hard work of providing water and clean water education in far flung locations around the globe. He worked in dozens of refugee camps installing water systems for victims of Darfur’s government supported genocide. Often inside the United Nations' dangerous "no-go" zones, he distributed water or chlorine tablets to people with only plastic sheeting for shelter.

Hendley was named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2009 (chosen from over 9,000 applicants by a panel of judges including Gen. Colin Powell, Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Turner and Sir Elton John). Today, his foundation - Wine to Water aims to help the 1.1 billion people worldwide who lack access to clean water.

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Thursday, October 26


Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.)

Industry Awards & General Session
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Crisis management expert Commander Kirk Lippold takes his experiences from the military to the boardroom, as he reveals to attendee the lessons he learned while leading the crew aboard the USS Cole following a devastating terrorist attack. You will learn the key steps necessary to lead through crisis and maintain the effectiveness of your team. As he shares his leadership philosophy, Lippold outlines the importance of understanding the human factors during a crisis and how those factors are used to teach one’s own “crew” or team how to prepare for what’s ahead. He provides steps on how to react to contain and then control crises, assess progress in defining a new normal, and measure successes. Lippold’s leadership experience will arm you with a military-grade approach to prepare for and take action when crisis strikes--because it’s not a matter of if, but when.

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