Dave Sanderson

Dave Sanderson is a nationally recognized leadership speaker, accomplished author and inspirational survivor of what is known as "The Miracle on the Hudson." As the last passenger off US Airways Flight 1549 which had to ditch into the river, he took the lessons he learned from that profound experience in the frigid water and emerged  from the wreckage with a mission to encourage others to do the right thing and share coping skills to address any adversity they may face.

Named one of Inc.com's Top 100 Leadership speakers, Dave travels the world to share his inspirational leadership lessons and has raised over $14.8M USD for the American Red Cross over the last ten years through his talks.

He lives in Charlotte, NC with Terri, his wife of 35 years and has four children who were very happy their father came home that day.

TEDx talk, Bouncing Back

In his TEDx talk, Bouncing Back, Dave shares strategies on how to grow from your own “personal plane crash”, in order to thrive, a new area of research that AARP profiled Dave on, known as PTGS (Post Traumatic Growth Syndrome).

TEDx talk, Bouncing Back,

Dave has spoken at countless fundraisers  that have raised millions 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 the first person he saw after he was rescued and transferred to land in New Jersey: A Red Cross volunteer with a blanket.


philanthropic endeavors

Dave is swimming 3.3 miles across Coronado Bay in support of The Honor Foundation
and transitional Special Operations Forces. Click above to donate.