"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

Defining Moments- Part 1, The Question

I am humbled and honored to be interviewed on many different platforms.  When I am scheduled to speak in a new town, I often do television, radio and/or newspaper interviews.  About 2 to 3 times a year, I am asked to do magazine interviews.  A couple of times a year I am asked to share different aspects of what happened on January 15, 2009 in a documentary format.  I am honored when I am asked.  Since the premier of "Sully" and my Tedx talk, "Bouncing Back," there is a question I get asked consistently, and it's not about the Miracle on the Hudson.  It is about the one most important thing I learned from my time being around Tony Robbins. I share in my talk about the only person that called me that night in the hospital at Palisades Medical Center after the Miracle on the Hudson was Tony Robbins.  There is [...]

By |May 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments


I have had the opportunity to meet many great leaders in my life.  Since the Miracle on the Hudson, I have had the honor to interview and share the stage with many great leaders. Each of these leaders have had a different "slant" on their style of leadership from 'setting the mission' to 'make a decision and don't regret it.'  One thing I learned from being around Tony Robbins is too seek out people who have done an "outstanding" job and find out their strategies.   Everyday one thing I do is try and find another 'outstanding' person that I can either interact with or read about.  I recently shared the stage with a Super Bowl champion and asked him who he would like to play for.  He said Bill Belichick.  I was a little surprised but after asking him why, he told me that he respected the loyalty and leadership Coach Belichick portrayed. [...]

By |April 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments


“Ask God to restore your confidence in His character.” This month is Red Cross month. Since the Miracle on the Hudson, I have been honored to speak on behalf of the American Red Cross around the country and my March is usually filled with celebrating and thanking the Red Cross for what they do every day. Last week I spoke four times for the Central Florida region and was honored to do several interviews on their behalf. After one interview, I connected with a friend who hosted a TV show in the central Florida region I met a couple of years ago. When we first met, she had just lost her father and we connected as I had recently lost my father. As we talked, I felt a strange connection with her. She truly loved her father but I saw a twinkle in her eye. I believed that she had the same growth and transformation that I had after [...]

By |March 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Transformation

"Transformation literally means going beyond your form"  Wayne Dyer I was honored to present my Tedx talk at Queens University in beautiful Kingston, Ontario a couple of weeks ago. I was humbled not only to have my team rally to help get all the details that need to get done done but investing their time to either travel to Kingston to support me in person or be online to watch me present. You can probably get all these details done yourself but you would probably miss a few things and miss out on all the time spent with outstanding people. In my Tedx talk "JOLT," I speak about growth out of a traumatic experience leads to a life transformation. In an interview I did the week after my Tedx talk, I was asked, "how did you know your life was transformed"?  I shared that I believe my life was transformed by a realization about my level of consiousness. We [...]

By |February 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The humility to prepare

I have always believed in preparation.  Since I started following John Wooden when I was in junior high school ( yes before middle schools).   My family had just moved to Winchester, VA and I didn't know anyone at the school.  I was a very good athlete so I gravitated to the athletic department to connect.  Whenever you come into a new situation and you start taking starting positions from boys who had grown up there, it makes it a little more difficult to assimilate.   My guidance counselor was the eighth grade basketball coach.  I was in seventh grade and I made the eighth grade team.  He took me under his wing as at first as the other boys didn't much like me taking an eighth grader's spot.  As he and I spoke he started telling me about how he followed John Wooden and his pyramid of success.  I [...]

By |February 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rebellions are built on HOPE

I recently did an interview for an upcoming episode of "Mysteries of the Church." The interview centered on do miracles really exist and if they do, did prayer have any impact?  I shared not only my experience that day and how I believed that prayer impacted the Miracle on the Hudson but how the power of hope played a big part then and still continues to almost eight years later.  I had recently seen the new Star Wars movie, "Rouge 1" with my son and made the analogy that a rebellion doesn't have to be a physical rebellion but everyone in their life faces internal rebellions ( or what I call a "personal plane crashes") everyday and hope is part of the strategy to overcome any rebellion. My fascination with "Star Wars" started in 1977 when I took a date to the first Star Wars ( which is now number 4) , [...]

By |December 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

No one dies today!

I recently did a talk for a women's athletic team.  I love speaking to athletes as most of them understand and respect the effort it takes to be outstanding.  When you can impart whatever wisdom you have about leadership and teamwork with youth, as my mentor did with me, I feel a strong obligation to share.    I was asked a question about the mindset of the passengers on board after the plane hit the water as I was talking about the teamwork it took to pull off a miracle.  I thought for a second and the movie "Sully" popped in my head.  One of the scenes from the ferry, one of the ferry crew members told a passenger that "No one dies today!"  And that was my answer about the mindset from the day.  We all worked together so no one was left behind and hence a potential tragedy [...]

By |December 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments