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Dave Sanderson

Dave Sanderson

"The last passenger who survived the Hudson Miracle". Inspirational speaker, podcaster, radio host, and author

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Dave Sanderson is an inspirational speaker, podcaster, radio host, and author who channeled his life-changing experience onboard US Airways Flight 1549, the Miracle on the Hudson, into a mission to provide insight on the important facets of faith, conviction, and leadership; attributes that he credits with saving his life, and those of fellow passengers as the last passenger to leave the plane. Named one of Inc.coms Top 100 Leadership speakers for 2018, Sanderson now travels the world to share his inspirations leadership lessons, raising over $14.8M USD for the American Red Cross over the last ten years through his talks. Dave speaks to over 100 corporate and business networking groups annually on how to "Employ your Personal Leadership to Find your Distinct Advantage", and does his signature talk "Brace For Impact" to community groups. He authored "Moments Matter", his personal account of the mindset, tactics, and strategies that helped him overcome the events of that fateful day in January. His new workshop, Create your own Flight Plan, provides teams and corporate leaders personal leadership skills. He provides an Alexa Daily Flash Briefing, now "Voice of Personal Leadership" and more. Sanderson is passionate about encouraging others to be great leaders and neighbors in their communities, through both good times and difficulties.

Dave Sanderson is the President of his firm, Dave Sanderson Speaks International based out of Charlotte, NC. On January 15, 2009, Dave was one of the last passengers off the plane that crashed into the Hudson River, best known as The Miracle on the Hudson, considered to be the most successful ditching in aviation History. he has built a career as a motivational speaker, mentor and author. Recently named one of the top 100 Leadership Speakers in Inc.com, Dave averages over 80 speeches a year for major corporations across the world.

In his presentations,  he uses his experiences of being a top sales producer, Director of Security for Tony Robbins and surviving the plane crash known as the Miracle on the Hudson to inspire and teach how through employing the personal leadership skills we all have, you can find what your DISTINCT ADVANTAGE in life is and how you can use that now only to have a successful and frutiful life but more importantly, a fulfilling life focused on serving others first.

Dave has spoken at countless fundraisers that 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.

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!

Dave  hosts a show on the Alexa platform on Amazon through his Daily Flash Briefing, “Voice of Personal Leadership” every weekday, sharing lessons and strategies on personal leadership he has learned and employs so others can be inspired to utilize their personal leadership skills to become the servant leader we all are meant to be.

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).

He is a faculty member with Dominique Wilkins, Don Barden, Brittany Tucker and Steve Nedvidek at the Leadership Mindset Series based in Atlanta, GA. Dave knows that a true leader understands that support from others can provide the tools needed to be an even stronger role model. In his exclusive group The Voice of Personal Leadership, Dave helps his team grow in their leadership skills with proximity to like-minded, focused servant-leaders they will learn to impact others in their lives emotionally, financially, spiritually, physically and in the relationships they have. He has recently rolled out an online course, Cultivating Personal Leadership, in which Dave shares the best strategies he has learned from some of the greatest leaders he personally met, studied under, and implemented in his life to become a top producer, sought out speaker, author, and entrepreneur.

With a BBA in International Business, he began his professional career in restaurant management, and went on to work as a National Sales Manager for ADP; Management Consultant for KPMG, Senior Vice-President of Sales for Genesis 10;  Sales Manager for Oracle, and Security Director for Robbins Research International, Inc., An Anthony Robbins Company.

He lives with Terri, his wife of 33 years and has four children – Chelsey, Colleen, Courtney and Chance – in Charlotte, North Carolina


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Dave Sanderson understands the importance of ensuring that EVERY person in attendance leaves with outstanding value and a memorable experience.

Whether you have an audience of management professionals, leaders or those that are attending their first event, you can be confident in receiving a talk that exceeds your expectations.

Just imagine creating your agenda that delivers the experience of a 30+ year award-winning sales professional, someone who has had the experience of being the head of security for world renown speaker and business strategist Anthony Robbins, and the proven tools he used in a life-threatening experience not only to survive but grow and thrive – then you’re looking at Dave Sanderson.

You are booking one of the few people in the world who has not only survived a major plane crash but took all those moments in his life and employed them in one of the most challenging experiences anyone can experience and now is a much sought-after speaker that will not only inspire but leave your audience with the resources necessary to overcome the personal plane crash moments life throws at us. Your organization will definitely leave with a higher ROI (Retention of Information) than when they entered the building!

Some typical outcomes that audiences walk away with include how to manage your state when life throws you that curveball, reframing the meaning of things that disempower you and how to optimize those virtual references to compress the years it takes to get your outcomes into days, teaching those personal leadership skills to your audience so they can make the instantaneous increase in results in their lives and in your business.

When people understand how to manage their state, employ their resourcefulness and have certainty in uncertain times – they embody a new-found confidence and gain a ravenous craving to implement what they learned into their day-to-day action plan to operate with more impact and alignment with their personal values and mission.