Episode 56: Cultivating Leaders During Chaos

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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. 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 hazards to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing. Do you feel like you are swimming all day and are just trying to keep your head above water? Jeff and Dave will be talking about what leaders can learn about themselves during chaos. We will also explore how Dave has used his experience to influence and teach others.


Dave Sanderson is the President of his firm, Dave Sanderson Enterprises based out of Charlotte, NC. On January 15, 2009, Dave was the last passenger off the plane that crashed into the Hudson River, best known as “The Miracle on the Hudson” and was largely responsible for making sure so many others made it out safely. In addition to speaking and training, Dave conducts workshops, is a much sought-after podcast celebrity and recently released his book titled “Moments Matter”, in which he discusses how resourcefulness was the key factor in turning a potential tragedy into a miracle. He shares the 12 resources he and others employed that day and how you can use them to grow and thrive in your life! He and his wife, Terri, reside in Charlotte, NC. They have four children, Chelsey, Colleen, Courtney and Chance.