Dave Sanderson

Dave is an inspirational survivor, author, and nationally sought-out leadership 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.

As the last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he took responsibility for the well-being and safety of others. He risked his own life in the frigid water to help other passengers off the plane but despite the hazards to himself, Dave thought only of helping others. He emerged from the wreckage that day with a mission to encourage others to do the right thing.

This profound experience changed his life and today he travels the globe sharing his inspirational and motivational leadership messages to help people make a difference in how they do business and in how they live their lives.

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

Dave has spoken at countless fundraisers have raised over $14M 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.

Moments Matter

Moments Matter

His book, Moments Matter, details the lessons learned from the Miracle on the Hudson and how one defining moment can create a lifetime of purpose so you can create your own flight plan for your future!

From Turmoil to Triumph

His latest book, From Turmoil to Triumph, shares how having mentors who care about you is essential, as is having the RIGHT one; they will inspire you to achieve more than you ever believed you could.

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Voice of Personal Leadership

Voice of Personal Leadership

He has built a career as a motivational speaker, mentor, author, and philanthropist. Recently named one of the top 100 Leadership Speakers in Inc.com, Dave averages over 80 speeches a year for major organizations worldwide.

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,

He lives with Terri, his wife of 35 years and has four children – Chelsey,
Colleen, Courtney and Chance – in Charlotte, North Carolina.




Teamwork/Team Building




Personal Development

Survivor Guilt