The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane.
Despite the hazards to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing.
Since the Miracle on the Hudson, considered to be the most successful ditching in aviation history, Dave Sanderson has built a career as a motivational speaker, mentor and author. Currently, Sanderson averages over 100 speeches a year for major corporations across the United States as well as overseas.
In his presentations, he shares the 12 resources he and others used not only during the “Miracle on the Hudson but during his 30 years in sales and sales management, his 10 years being on and leading Tony Robbins security team and the precepts that enabled him to become a top producer in some of the largest sales organizations in the world and ultimately enabled him to survive the plane crash.
In addition, Sanderson has appeared at countless fundraisers that have raised over $8.56 million for the American Red Cross. He continues to donate his speaker services to the organization as an expression of gratitude for the care he received from one of the first persons he saw after he was rescued and transferred to land in New Jersey - a Red Cross volunteer with a blanket.
In his recent book, Moments Matter, Sanderson discusses lessons learned from the Miracle on the Hudson and how one defining moment in your life can create your lifetime of purpose. A firsthand account of his experience aboard US Airways Flight 1549 appears in the book Brace for Impact: Miracle on the Hudson Survivors Share Their Stories of Near Death and Hope for New Life by Dorothy Firman and Kevin Quirk. He has also participated in many documentaries for TruTV, NHK in Tokyo and one produced and directed by Rick Lopez, which will premiere in 2017.
Sanderson was born in Peoria, Illinois, and grew up in Hillsboro, Ohio and Winchester, Virginia. His dreams of playing college football were dashed when he suffered a career-ending knee injury. He attended James Madison University and graduated with a BBA in International Business. He began his professional career in restaurant management, and went on to work as a National Sales Manager for ADP, Sales Manager for PeopleSoft, Sales Manager for KPMG Consulting, Senior Vice President of Sales for Genesis 10; Application Sales Manager for Oracle, and Security Director for Robbins Research International, Inc., An Anthony Robbins Company.
- Brace for Impact
When US Airways Flight 1549, or "The Miracle on the Hudson," ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane. Despite the hazards to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others, and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing. In this stirring presentation, Sanderson shares the story of Flight 1549, revealing the inner strength it took to make it through the day, and how teamwork, leadership, and state management can help overcome any obstacle.
“JOLTS” can propel us or derail us, taking us back to square one. These “JOLTS” rock our world and can create a sense of purpose where people go higher and deeper when they have been given another chance to make a difference. It’s not about resiliency where you get knocked down and you get back up. Post Traumatic Growth Syndrome, PTGS, is when you stand back up and your life is transformed. In this talk, Dave shares the strategies and tools you can use to not only bounce back up after being hit with one of these “JOLTS,” but how to create your own flight plan for your life, be more authentic and truly transform the second half of your life.
- Create Your Own Flight Plan
Combining his work as the security director for Tony Robbins, and his 30 years’ experience in sales and sales management, Dave teaches the key distinctions on what drives people to do what they do and the tools to help you to “Create your own Flight Plan.” He will show you how to compress decades of other people’s experiences into days for you and your team to execute.
- Mission Focused Leadership
Dave focuses on the key aspects of why people and organizations do or do not reach their ultimate mission. In this program, Dave not only shows the key reasons but also creates strategies and tools to help your participants make significant progress toward their ultimate purpose.
- Situational Awareness
Dave shares his extraordinary experience being the last passenger off of US Airways 1549, “The Miracle on the Hudson,” as well as the resources and strategies he and others used to turn a potential tragedy into a miracle. He focuses on safety to rally participants not only to improve their safety initiatives, but also to work together to ensure there is a safe environment for everyone - no excuses. Dave consulted with Disneyland’s character department to design a program called “Situational Awareness” which resulted in a 75% reduction in workers compensation cost which has now been expanded to all Disney parks. A few organizations who have had Dave speak at their safety day programs are Delta Airlines, ExxonMobile, Novelis, Disneyland, Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Turkey Point Power Plant and Duke Energy.