Dave Sanderson is an inspirational survivor, speaker and author. His thoughts on leadership have made him an internationally sought-out speaker. 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.
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. He lives with Terri, his wife of 29 years and his four children – Chelsey, Colleen, Courtney and Chance – in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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 hazard 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 your life.
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.
Key Areas Dave Covers Are:
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.
Key Areas Dave Covers Are:
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.
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.
Key Areas Dave Covers Are:
• Assessing Risk on the fly
• How to lead with certainty during times of crisis
• Mental Modeling to achieve an outcome
"Dave Sanderson gave a leadership presentation at our recent regional managers meeting. His story and how he survived a harrowing experience gave our managers a great lesson on how to think clearly in a difficult and chaotic situation. The process Dave taught helped us to be able to sort out the unproductive thought process and showed us how to keep your mind focused on the mission ahead. The steps he gave us were easy to remember and something we can readily use in our everyday dealings with our clients, agents, employees, families, and friends. We thank Dave for bringing his leadership message and guide to our group and we wish him all the best in bringing that message to other groups as well."
"We recently had Dave Sanderson visit and speak with our team of 30+ office leaders (covering the tri-state area) on the topic of Mission Focused Leadership. I would recommend Dave and this program to anyone in a position of senior leadership, as it is helpful in achieving a unified mindset among divergent groups. Of particular interest to me was the explanations around “Sully’s Decision Making Process” as well as “the Six Primary Reasons People Do What they Do.” In these concepts, diverse teams can discover commonality of experience and commonality of purpose. I believe that it is these qualities that most sets Dave’s program apart from others that I have experienced. Thank you Dave, for bringing this excellent program to Long and Foster!"
"A month later, I am still receiving positive feedback from our members and stories of the impact the session had on them personally. Dave Sanderson is a great speaker and an amazing man. Thank you for sharing your gift and inspiring us all to view our personal missions in a new way."
"On behalf of the Atlanta Association of Health Underwriters, I want to thank you for your contribution to our Benefits Forum for 2015. Your participation in our Benefits Forum as a speaker added to the quality, depth and relevancy of the content we were able to provide to our members. Your content was unmatched and very well received by those attending your session. The information you shared provided insight, value, as well as, foresight into the industry of healthcare during the era of the Affordable Care Act. You delivered your information in practical terms that allows our Agents to implement into their practices which will enable them to add value to their client base. And for that reason, I sincerely thank you."
"What began as normal day in Dave’s life turned into an inspirational story. His story is uplifting to the human spirit. Dave is a charismatic and heartfelt communicator, Dave had our attention and tugged at our emotions with the real-life photos and his words. He was a hero that day and it changed his life forever – he was able to realize how much he wanted to pursue helping others. I loved when he shared this, because sometimes we work and aren’t passionate about what we do – now he gets to work and be passionate about he does as a representative for the Red Cross – an organization that he personally felt helped all the crash victims that day and days to come. It was a memorable and exciting experience for all of us!"
"Dave Sanderson captivated his audience with his authentic story. He was our speaker in November for our eWomenNetwork Networking event. After introducing Dave, I sat in the back of the room and witnessed an engaging presentation about his experience after the plane he was on went down in the Hudson River. All eyes were on him as he gave heroic details and personal connections about those who survived with him after the accident. Dave is an amazing person with a brave heart. He touched our hearts with his own dramatic story of the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’. Thank you, Dave, for being our speaker and now our friend."
"I wanted to reach out to you and thank you very much for taking time out of your schedule to speak at the eWomen Network luncheon. Your story is very powerful and gives great confirmation to the fact that we all have purpose on earth."
"When Dave Sanderson finished speaking at the LIDMA Annual Conference it was clear that his message was powerful and resonated with everyone in the audience by the standing ovation he received. Not only does Dave have an incredible story based upon his experiences, but he is inspiring, motivational, engaging and has a great sense of humor! Dave’s stage presence and presentation style are outstanding for a closing keynote session. I say closing as opening with Dave would simply be a tough act to follow for anyone! Dave is also genuinely a great guy, opening himself to questions and taking the time to interact with event attendees throughout his time there. We highly recommend Dave Sanderson for your next meeting, conference or convention regardless of the industry you are in. His message reaches beyond industries and affirms belief in the human spirit!"
"Dave Sanderson was the perfect addition to our end of year celebration. He was very engaging and an inspiration to everyone. He reminded us all that we have it within ourselves to do great things. Thank you for taking the time to speak to us.”
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