"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


“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

Just Begin!

                      I admit it, I was enamored with being an astronaut when I was young.   In my little "School Years" book my mother kept for me, I would check the box on "what you want to be when you grow up"  for astronaut.   Watching the Gemini then Apollo missions would never be missed.  So last week when I heard that John Glenn had passed away, a little of my youth died with him. Being the last survivor of the Mercury  program, John Glenn was the poster boy for the space program even to the point that after he flew his first mission, President Kennedy told NASA that he didn't want him to fly again as the country could not risk losing a "hero."  I met Senator Glenn when I was in high school and as he spoke he [...]

By |December 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Christmas is not my birthday

I recently spoke for a college athletic team.  I'm always impressed with the commitment it takes not only to be a college athlete but all the things they have to do outside of their athletic commitment.  Being a college athlete teaches many skills from teamwork to time management.  As I progressed through my talk, I started to veer off into a message of the difference between being a good team to an outstanding team and how outstanding teams have athletes that learn to check their egos at the door, focusing on the common mission.  Personal significance and having those who need all the notoriety are not highly valued, it's about the team.  They figure out that "Christmas is not MY birthday." One of the most important lessons I have learned over the past 20 years is what Tony Robbins teaches about the six human needs.  The first time I heard [...]

By |December 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments