Miracle on the Hudson Survivor Inspiring Audiences
That Turmoil Can Be
Turned Into Triumph


Key Speech Themes:






From Turmoil To Triumph “How To Get Back On The Plane”

For over thirty years, Dave Sanderson was a top producer in some of the largest sales organizations in the world. On January 15, 2009, he was one of the last passengers off the plane that crashed into the Hudson River, best known as The Miracle on the Hudson, considered the most successful ditching in aviation history. Since that unique experience, Dave has built a career as a motivational speaker, mentor, and author and was recently named one of the top 100 Leadership Speakers in Inc.com. After he survived the plane crash, he started getting calls from people all over the world, asking him how he “got back on the plane,” and since the plane crash, Dave has been speaking, teaching, and consulting on how to bounce back and grow from the challenge’s life throws at you and how to turn your Turmoil into your Triumph. Now, more than ever, people need firsthand experience and guidance on how to not only bounce back from tumultuous times but actually grow from traumatic life events and crisis.

Key Takeaways

Leaders and attendees will learn key information and inspiration for:

  • Developing a vision for an alternative future
  • How not to get stuck in the doorway between how you have always structured your life and a new way
  • How the meaning you attach to something produces the emotions of your life
  • How to focus on becoming indispensable
  • Getting your life situation in sync with your model of the world (or worldview)
Breakthrough Sales Leadership - It's Time To Breakthrough To The Next Level!

Dave brings a unique perspective as a leadership expert with deep sales experience. Based on lessons from challenging experiences, including the plane crash of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River, Dave helps sales leaders discover purpose and the mindset to be a top consistent performer. You will be inspired and challenged by Dave as he equips you to break through to the next level. Dave's Breakthrough Sales Leader presentation will show you and your sales team how to build and execute your sales plan by using your personal leadership skills! Sales is about leading yourself first so you can lead your client to a decision that is good for them.

It's Time To Take Massive Action To Bring Your Results To The Next Level So You Can:

  • Outperform your numbers
  • Gain a fresh vision to re-energize your team
  • Eliminate the roller-coaster effect of inconsistent activity
  • Attract and retain the best talent
  • Expedite getting new reps up to speed
  • Operate like a well-oiled machine
  • Be passionate about coming to the office

Your participants will walk away from this presentation with four critical personal leadership skills that Dave learned and executed to become a top producer in every organization he has been with, even the year he survived the plane crash known as the Miracle on the Hudson.

  •  The six reasons people do what they do and the one that drives them to take action!
  • The two questions you need to ask every one of your clients that will reveal why it's essential to work with you and become a raving fan of YOU!
  • Why it's critical to make the right decision at the right time with your client!
100 Days To Triumph

We all know, especially these days, that change will happen, but making progress towards what is most important to you is not. How do you clarify, simplify, and progress towards the significant outcomes that will change your life? In “100 Days to Triumph,” Dave will share the proven and tested strategy how he was able in 100 days to go back into a place where his life was almost taken from him during the Miracle on the Hudson, beginning from not swimming for over forty years and 100 days later, swimming across the cold and rough Hudson River with the elite Navy Seals, this time leaving on HIS terms.

He will show your audience how they can accomplish any significant goal or initiative they may have within 100 days!

Whether it is obtaining sustainable weight loss, boosting your energy to finish a triathlon healthy, increasing your influence and exceeding your sales goals, creating a passionate long-lasting relationship, or discovering what is necessary to have an extraordinary life of happiness and fulfillment, Dave will simplify these strategies into easy-to-understand concepts that you can implement today, compressing the decades of what he learned and did into techniques you can use today to create the flight plan you desire for your life.


  • See change as an opportunity for growth
  • Learn the techniques to accomplish any goal in 100 days!
From Turmoil To Triumph - Tailored For Human Resources & Management

Dave Sanderson is an Inspirational TEDx Speaker, Author, and Philanthropist who channeled his life-changing experience on US Airways Flight 1549, the Miracle on the Hudson, into a mission to provide insight, inspiration, and strategies on the essential facets of communication, teamwork, and leadership; attributes that he learned from his mentors and in his sales roles, working with HR and Finance executives for over 37 years. He has shared the lessons from that experience with over 1700 audiences worldwide and the strategies he learned and implemented to show how you can not only grow from a traumatic life event but, in one hundred days, achieve your most sought-after goals and outcomes.

Since his experience of the Miracle on the Hudson, Dave has met and worked with hundreds of HR and Finance executives about the lessons he learned and executed to survive the plane crash and overcome the traumatic life experience from an employee’s perspective.

All your associates will have what Dave calls a “personal plane crash moment.” Whether it is a health situation, family crisis, physical challenge, or being a part of an extraordinary event at the workplace, Dave shares his strategies on how to experience PTGS (Post Traumatic Growth Syndrome) and how your company can assist because disasters can happen at any time, not only for the company but also for your associates; are you ready to step up and handle them?
Through his experience and training, Dave shares his lessons about communication, training, planning, and action so your organization is prepared to do the right thing during the most challenging times.


  • A five-step plan to help your associates grow and contribute to the corporate mission
  • The MAP, the Massive Action Plan, on how Mental strength, Assumptions, and your Perspective can contribute to growth in a diverse culture
  • Why timing as crucial in decision-making as the decision itself
  • How to communicate effectively in any situation, especially stressful situations.
Your Distinct Advantage

In his highly acclaimed keynote, Dave guides C-Suite, management teams and conferences attendees through his nine personal leadership lessons to help them discover their DISTINCT ADVANTAGE. Using his signature PITTChE program, that Point in Time That Changes Everything,


Leaders And Attendees Will Learn Key Information And Inspiration For:

  • Employing personal leadership to give certainty and confidence to those who may have uncertainty
  • Illustrating the key lessons top executives and founders use to manage their state
  • Increasing their productivity, and demonstrating global leadership
Moments Matter

In this stirring presentation, Dave Sanderson reveals the lessons and strategies that helped guide his decisions following the crash of US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson”. Dave not only survived the “crash” but realized that there were key moments in his life that prepared him for how he came through the events of that day. In this 45-minute presentation, Dave shares practical and implementable strategies on resiliency, leadership, and state management anyone can use to not only survive their “personal plane crash” moment but grow and thrive.


JOLT - How To Bounce Back Even Stronger!

How do you not only bounce back but actually grow from a traumatic event? After surviving US Airways Flight 1549 that landed on the Hudson River, Dave Sanderson experienced a major traumatic life event.

The truth is, we all at one time or another will experience a traumatic event.

It could be an accident, but it could also be a job loss or the death of someone close. For many, these traumatic events can be crippling and life changing. On the flips side, for some however, these traumatic events can actually spark growth. This growth mindset approach to adversity is known as Post Traumatic Growth Syndrome.

In this presentation, Dave illustrates and explains the three strategies that anyone can use to grow from any traumatic life event.

Brace For Impact

Ready to fly home after a quick business trip, Dave Sanderson settled into seat 15A. Shortly after takeoff however, it was evident that something was wrong. Just moments later, the captain said on the intercom " This is your captain, brace for impact".

Three simple words that proclaimed to all 150 passengers on board US Airways Flight 1549 on that cold, crisp New York afternoon of January 15, 2009, that their plane was about to go down in the icy Hudson River.

Three simple words that churned up their fear that the next two minutes would be their final moments on earth and spurred their most heartfelt, spontaneous prayers.

We all know about the stunning tale of survival against all odds that followed.

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 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, despite the hazard to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others in that moment and he emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing.

In this stirring presentation, Sanderson shares the story of Flight 1549, revealing the inner strength it took to make it through the day, and how teamwork, leadership, and state management can help overcome any obstacle.


Dave Sanderson’s Private Workshop process puts you and your
team in the driver’s seat. Dave has two primary workshops,
Situational Awareness and Mission Focused Leadership.


Looking for something more specific?

Dave wants his presentations to resonate with your audience so he is happy to customize something just for you.  Just reach out and we can schedule a call to start the planning.