"The amazing story of Dave Sanderson is what draws you in but it’s the personal connection he makes that is the true difference. As the keynote speaker for our association event, he captivated the group as he related the events of The Miracle on the Hudson and then challenged and inspired each individual to examine the lessons learned and correlate them to their personal experiences. The real impetus is how relatable Dave is. Rather than just hearing an incredible story, the listener finds themselves in Dave’s shoes and questions not only what they personally would have done in that moment but, more importantly, how that would affect who they are and what they do today. 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." ~ Robert F. Albanese, Senior Regional Vice President, PA/NJ/DE, Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc


"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!" ~ Gina Grantham, CAE, CEO, Life Insurance Direct Marketing Association

About Dave Sanderson

Dave Sanderson is an inspirational survivor, speaker and author. His thoughts on leadership have made him a nationally 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.

Growing out of Adversity- Part 1: Your Way is not My Way

By |November 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

When I got to the New Jersey shore on January 15,2009,  three people were there to support me,  two emergency medical technicians and a gentleman from the American Red Cross.  During the next 14 hours, I had two additional Red Cross experiences.  That was the beginning of my relationship with the Red Cross.  As we all know, in the past three months the Red Cross has responded to all of the major crisises that have happened in the United States and surrounding islands.   They stepped up when others were in need, giving hope.  As the crisises started to develop and grow, I started reading articles from people who were questioning how the Red Cross responded ( or not).  Many of these people who wrote these stories have never responded to major crisises, only opine about them.  As I read these and answered questions from people who knew I supported the [...]

Defining Moments-Part 12: Investing in Uncertainty

By |October 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|

I speak often of my first mentor, Bill.  One day back in the mid 1980's, I was with Bill having lunch at the local Howard Johnson's and he had a friend come up to the table.  He owned a Bojangles franchise.  I was introduced then they spoke. After he was done and came back to the table he told me to never pass up the opporutnity to meet important people.  At that time I didn't think about it too much but about 2 years later, I received a call from that gentleman and he offered me a job to help him open up a new concept restaurant in his corporation.  I didn't think he remembered me but that taught me a lesson.  A few years later when I attended a Tom Hopkins boot camp, one of the things Mr. Hopkins talked about was when he was early in his sales [...]

Defining Moments- Part 11: The Main Thing

By |October 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Last week I spent the week in Vancouver, British Columbia.  I had been to Vancouver before but both times it was a quick in and out so I didn't take advantage of everything Vancouver has to offer.  If you have never been there, you must make it a "must see" place to go.  My publicist, Rania Walker, set up a great week of interviews around a couple speaking engagements I had.  The first television interview was on Breakfast Television Vancouver.  I have been on BT Toronto before and it was a great experience.  Riaz Meghji was selected to interview me.  I was impressed with Riaz as he not only spent 5 minutes with me prior to the interview but he really did his research about me and post traumatic growth syndrome. As we were doing the interview, something happened to cross my mind that I had hear 15 years prior about [...]

Defining Moments- Part 10: And the Boats Came

By |September 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Over the past week I rearranged my calendar to be on many interviews.  With what was happening in southeast Texas and my recent American Red Cross events in South Padre Island and Harligen Texas, I was honored to be asked about the Red Cross, how they do what they do during  traumatic life events and my experience and thoughts.  During one such interview with Darren Shearer on his podcast "Christianity in Business,"  I found out that Darren was doing the interview, named "The Defining Moments of a Leader" from Houston, during the crisis with everything going on around him.  As the interview progressed, I started thinking about the gravity of what was going on around him and I started thinking about how all the citizens stepped up in Texas, checked their egos at their doors and helped those in critical need, just like on January 15, 2009 when crisis hit [...]

Defining Moments- part 9: If you want to change the world, make your bed!

By |August 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|

I never understood why my mother always told me before I could have breakfast to make my bed.  I always thought it was my bed and I could take care of it when I wanted.  It wasn't until we had a neighbor who was in the Army and was getting ready to be deployed to Vietnam why it was important.  We had a neighborhood party for him and I asked him about the Army.  He told me that on his first day of bootcamp they taught him how to make his bed because when you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day and it will set you on a path of accomplishment.  At 7 years old that didn't resonate too much with me until I asked my mom about that and she told me that successful people always start the day on a [...]

Defining Moments- Part 8: Purpose is stronger than Outcome

By |August 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|

                                                     "When I give the best of me, that becomes my legacy"- Karen Lopez McWilliams Over the last week, I was sitting at my desk one morning and reflecting on what has happened to me after the Miracle on the Hudson.  Happily married with four children and a sales career that was going well.  I found myself remembering all my mentors and the lessons and stories they shared with me to get me where I am at today and through the challenging times I had during my life.  Each encouraged me to reach for a goal I had not considered possible.  In this moment, I realized how deep their impressions made on me and a similar theme with all of them. That having and understanding [...]

Defining Moments- Part 7: GRIT is the real essence of greatness

By |July 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|

 "Grit is a combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal"-  Angela Duckworth   Tony Robbins teaches there is a 1% difference between being excellent and being outstanding and he "pities" the ones who go for excellence in their life.  I have seen this upclose and personal.   Being around Tony and many outstanding people,  I see the difference.  I was always taught, in sports, in school and in business to strive for excellence, so I did.  I did well but never really excelled at the level that some others did.  That is one of the reasons I started down my personal development path, first with Tom Hopkins, then Earl Nightingale, then Jim Rohn and in finally with Tony Robbins.  I wondered how someone who is my age could accomplish so much more than I had and I needed the "secret."  After listening to all the tapes, attending [...]