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 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.

Speaking Engagements

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Speaking Topics

  • Business Growth/Strategy/Trends
  • Change – Managing/Leading It
  • Courage
  • Crisis Management
  • Patient Safety
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Innovation
  • Inspiring Lives
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Education
  • Health Care Economics and News
  • Health Care Policy
  • Risk Management
  • Science
  • Strategy
  • Teamwork
  • Trends
  • Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges
Energy Industry Customer
"Sully knocked it out of the park.
It was truly a dream event and Sully
was impeccable in every aspect of
our time with him."
Health Insights
"Capt. Sully Sullenberger was GREAT!
Truly loved by everyone in attendance –
would definitely recommend him to
other groups similar to ours."
By Paul Roche @NetworkCIO
"Incredibly motivating and inspiring
ASUG keynote from @CAptSully
today at #SapphireNow #ASUG2014"
Albert Pan @appsruntheworld
"Part aviation safety advice, part
emergency response analysis, the
talk by @CaptSully was simply
uplifting. #MakingADifference"
Business Innovation @Biz_Innovation
"One of his many great quotes! RT:
“Innovation is changing before you
are forced to”, @CaptSully"
Cory Coley @CoryColey
"Some people are natural leaders.
@CaptSully is one of these people."

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