Named one of 2009’s 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine, Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger is an international hero, propelled into the spotlight after safely guiding a US Airways jetliner to an emergency landing on the icy Hudson River. A consummate leader, Captain Sullenberger shares timeless management principles—including his credo of “leadership by personal example”—and the lessons from his life that prepared him to handle the unprecedented crisis presented by the “Miracle on the Hudson.” A 48-year accomplished pilot, instructor and aviation safety expert with over 20,000 flight hours, he discusses with audiences how education, teamwork, preparation and creating a culture of quality and safety can improve any organization.
A focused, unflappable and deliberate leader, Captain Sullenberger’s sound decision-making ability and strong personal commitment to improving an industry have helped him to emerge as a model by which others measure success. He is the founder of Safety Reliability Methods, a consulting company dedicated to management, safety and performance, and also serves as the Aviation and Safety Expert for CBS News. In collaboration with DuPont Sustainable Solutions, Captain Sullenberger developed and was featured in a multi-award winning video training program, “Miracle on the Hudson: Prepare for Safety,” which helps employees increase their commitment to safety and transform their organizations’ safety culture. He is the author of two books—The New York Times best-selling Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters (2009) and Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage from America’s Leaders (2012) in which Captain Sullenberger embarked on a personal quest to meet with distinguished Americans from diverse fields with varied styles of leadership but who all have exhibited moral courage and who embody the credo of “leadership by example.” Clint Eastwood is currently directing the major motion picture of Captain Sullenberger’s life.