Sully Sullenberger

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  • Clint Eastwood/Tom Hanks film “Sully” released September 9, 2016

One of the most captivating American heroes of our time, Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger’s preparation and leadership enabled him to safely guide US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River—an inspirational and iconic moment in modern history. His incredible personal story is captured in Sully, a major motion picture directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks as Captain Sullenberger. In his speeches, Captain Sullenberger shares timeless management principles—including his credo of “leadership by personal example”—and the lessons from his life which prepared him to handle the unprecedented crisis presented by the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

 
  

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Rave Reviews About Sully Sullenberger
Within minutes after Captain Sullenberger concluded his presentation, we have been barraged by amazing positive feedback from our dignitaries, sponsors & chamber members all echoing that he's the best speaker they've ever had the pleasure of hearing. He began with a standing ovation, ended with one, and totally riveted them in between. From the moment I greeted him on his arrival, he was nothing but friendly, engaging and in great spirits.

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  • Freedom Mortgage
  • Cox Media Group
  • Mercer Advisors
  • Recreational Vehicle Industry Association
  • AT&T
  • Siemens
  • Hershey's
  • General Mills
  • Hewlett Packard
  • American Red Cross
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208 Seconds: A Lifetime of Lessons

Capt. Sully's story is one of dedication, hope, and preparedness, revealing the important lessons he learned through his life, in his military service, and in his work as an airline pilot. In this riveting presentation, he shares details from the 208 seconds that put his entire career on the line.   ...

Capt. Sully's story is one of dedication, hope, and preparedness, revealing the important lessons he learned through his life, in his military service, and in his work as an airline pilot. In this riveting presentation, he shares details from the 208 seconds that put his entire career on the line.  He reminds audiences, even in these days of conflict, tragedy and uncertainty, there are values still worth fighting for—that life's challenges can be met if we're ready for them. Are you ready to aspire to new levels of excellence in life and business?

Leading Your Team to Success

How you prepare, train and lead makes all the difference when you are confronted with a challenge. Capt. Sully’s life-long pursuit of learning and investing in himself shows the importance of education and preparedness, and illustrates that true leaders must always lead by example. In this presentat ...

How you prepare, train and lead makes all the difference when you are confronted with a challenge. Capt. Sully’s life-long pursuit of learning and investing in himself shows the importance of education and preparedness, and illustrates that true leaders must always lead by example. In this presentation, Capt. Sully will challenge and inspire teams to establish a foundation of passion for their work, build trust in each other, and commit to always reaching for the highest standards. 

Making A Difference

Capt. Sully's stellar reputation as a leader was built over many years - one interaction, one person, one day at a time. In this presentation he shares how each of us has an opportunity to "make a difference," and that every day offers us numerous opportunities to be better and do better. ...

Capt. Sully's stellar reputation as a leader was built over many years - one interaction, one person, one day at a time. In this presentation he shares how each of us has an opportunity to "make a difference," and that every day offers us numerous opportunities to be better and do better.

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Captain Sullenberger’s game-changing lessons featured in Forbes

CAPTAIN SULLENBERGER, the famed pilot who became an international hero after the emergency landing of Flight 1549 on the Hudson River, shared key insights on risk management and leadership with The Forbes Interview podcast. In a fascinating and informative one hour interview, Captain Sullenberger dives into the crux of an issue facing individuals and organizations across industries: “What we’re all trying to do ultimately is find ways to improve human performance in complicated systems that all involve inherent risk.” Drawing on his experience during the “Miracle on the Hudson,” as well as the wide range of roles he’s held as a trusted safety and risk-management expert since, Captain Sullenberger provides game-changing takeaways on what it takes to thrive under pressure both in business and life, how to build a team that can manage risk, and how to lead by example. It’s a message he’s shared with audiences worldwide, always receiving rave reviews: “There was not one sound in the room the entire time that he spoke... When you book a speaking engagement with Captain Sullenberger, you will definitely get more than your money’s worth" (Cox Media Group).

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<p><strong>Captain Sullenberger leaves audience “awestruck” at Infosys Confluence 2017</strong></p>
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Captain Sullenberger leaves audience “awestruck” at Infosys Confluence 2017

 

Delivering a keynote at Infosys Confluence 2017, a thought leadership summit attended by over 1,600 leaders and visionaries, Captain Sullenberger left audiences “awestruck” “impressed” and “inspired.” Sharing both lessons learned as Captain of US Airways Flight 1549—known as the “Miracle on the Hudson” — and insights into transformative leadership and the impact of technology on human performance, Sullenberger had the audience tweeting praise before, during and after his speech: “Awestruck watching and listening to @Captsully at #InfosysConfluence”; “An inspiring talk. Leadership fundamentals redefined. Awesome to hear it first hand. @InfyConfluence @Captsully”; “Always admired @Captsully for his bravery but I'm more impressed by his humility and his humanity. What an amazing role model! “; “Perhaps the deepest, most professionally relevant, most surprising, best conference keynote I've seen. THANKS @Captsully #InfosysConfluence”.

<p><strong>Captain Sullenberger honored at 2017 Endeavor Awards</strong></p>

Captain Sullenberger honored at 2017 Endeavor Awards

Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, internationally renowned for his 2009 emergency landing of Flight 1549 on the Hudson River, was celebrated as the 2017 Inspiration Award Winner at the Endeavor Awards. A major event that honors and recognizes the awe-inspiring pilots and organizations that have contributed to public benefit aviation, Captain Sullenberger was not only applauded for serving as Captain during the “Miracle on the Hudson,” but also as an expert who has helped shape the public conversation on a wide range of safety issues. Currently serving on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee for Automation in Transportation, Captain Sullenberger is a trusted expert and national leader on top safety concerns, such as the challenges and opportunities of driverless cars and the risks of drone proliferation. Addressing a rapt audience during his award acceptance, Captain Sullenberger praised the unsung heroes and volunteer pilots making a difference.

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<p>Captain Sullenberger delivers powerful message on leadership at SAS Global Forum</p>

Captain Sullenberger delivers powerful message on leadership at SAS Global Forum

Famed “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot CAPTAIN SULLENBERGER kicked off the SAS Global Forum with a “rousing” keynote on innovation and true leadership. A premier multinational workplace, SAS’ annual Global Forum attracts over 1,200 executive level customers from across industries, offering transformative insights and leadership strategies with a focus on the power of data and analytics to drive decision making. As the opening keynote, Captain Sullenberger set the bar high, encouraging rapt audience members to lead by example: “You have to be willing and able to check your ego at the door.” Sullenberger also stressed the importance of innovation and adaptability— “Change before you’re forced to, by competition, by regulation, or by circumstance, and the more and quicker that you’re able to change the more it can become a competitive advantage”—delivering countless memorable lines and takeaways. The informative and inspiring speech came just days after Sullenberger delivered another powerful keynote at the Cox Media Group Leadership Conference, and both appearances had the tweets pouring in:  “Goosebumps. We just heard from Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger at #CMGLC2017. Now that is leadership in crisis.”

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<p>Captain Sullenberger's lessons on leadership and decision-making keep audiences riveted to seat</p>

Captain Sullenberger's lessons on leadership and decision-making keep audiences riveted to seat

A highly in-demand speaker for his captivating message on leadership, preparedness, and decision-making— particularly in times of crisisCAPTAIN SULLENBERGER receives overwhelming ovations after each one of his speaking engagements. "Captain Sullenberger had everyone riveted to their seat. You could hear a pin drop in the room" (Toronto Community Forum)"Rave reviews from audience members included:'So timely, so powerful, so authentic'...This will leave a mark!" (Boston Children's Hospital); "Within minutes after Captain Sullenberger concluded his presentation, we have been barraged by amazing positive feedback from our dignitaries, sponsors & chamber members all echoing that he's the best speaker they've ever had the pleasure of hearing"  (Danville Chamber of Congress). Beyond Captain Sullenberg's power with audiences, he also generates media attention before and after an event. Following a recent speaking engagement in Florida, an attendee and survivor of Flight 1549— the "Miracle on the Hudson" flight that brought Sullenberger fame— told local news: "I'm so grateful he's here standing with us." 

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<p><em>Sully </em>movie soars in box office debut </p>

Sully movie soars in box office debut 

Clint Eastwood-directed SULLY, starring Tom Hanks as Captain Sullenberger, earned $35.5M in its opening weekend to win the box office and the reviews are phenomenal. Rolling Stone wrote: "The movie earns your attention and respect by digging deep, by finding the fear and self-doubt inside a man who'd never accept being defined as a hero. It's an eye-opener." From the Chicago Tribune"Sully captures the essence of what made the Miracle on the Hudson so grippingly inspiring..."   Capt. Sullenberger was also on the hot late night circuit with great appearances on Jimmy Kimmel and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and revisited the site of the emergency landing with Charlie Rose.

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<p>Captain Sullenberger joins Stephen Colbert to chat about the<em> Sully</em> premiere</p>

Captain Sullenberger joins Stephen Colbert to chat about the Sully premiere

Capt. Sullenberger joins Stephen Colbert in advance of the Sept. 9 film premiere of Sully. The packed Colbert audience honored Capt. Sullenberger with a standing ovation and he and Colbert chatted about the film and how life has changed.

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<p>Candid Q&A with Miracle On The Hudson Captain Sullenberger and wife Lorrie</p>

Candid Q&A with Miracle On The Hudson Captain Sullenberger and wife Lorrie

Miracle On The Hudson pilot CHESLEY "SULLY" SULLENBERGER and his wife Lorrie take time for a deep Q&A with Diablo Magazine.  The two go beyond the heroic events of that fateful day and share a rich back story to the upcoming blockbuster and their roles in a life-affirming story.

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<p>Sully Sullenberger: A first person account</p>

Sully Sullenberger: A first person account

Capt. CHESLEY "SULLY" SULLENBERGER, the man responsible for safely landing U.S. Airways flight 1549 in the Hudson River after complete engine failure, gives a first person account of himself, his origins, and that of his mettle in this Wall Street Journal article.

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<p><em>Sully</em> movie book tie-in hits <em>The New York Times</em> betseller list</p>

Sully movie book tie-in hits The New York Times betseller list

The untold story that inspired the much-anticipated film Sully is a NYT bestseller. The media praised CAPTAIN SULLENBERGER's landing as "The Miracle on the Hudson." But this is not a story about a miracle. It is the reality of a leader, who was so well prepared for a harrowing crisis such as this, that even though his blood pressure and pulse shot to explosive levels, he focused on working with his crew to succeed in this death-defying landing. But what happened next is where the drama begins in Sully the movie. Watch the trailer.

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<p>HWA takes you behind-the-scenes of the red carpet premiere of <em>Sully</em> movie</p>

HWA takes you behind-the-scenes of the red carpet premiere of Sully movie

On Sept. 6th, Warner Brothers hosted the red carpet premiere of the Sully movie. The much anticipated film, directed by Clint Eastwood, and starring Tom Hanks as Captain Sully Sullenberger, drew a huge crowd in NYC for the star studded event.

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<p>Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks on the set of crash-landing drama <em>Sully</em></p>

Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks on the set of crash-landing drama Sully

The highly anticipated premiere of the Clint Eastwood-directed drama Sully (to be released Sept. 9, 2016), starring Tom Hanks as Captain SULLY SULLENBERGER, goes beyond the harrowing events of Captain Sully's miracle landing on the Hudson and focuses on the way a hero is sometimes tested after the fact. Watch the heart-pounding trailer >>

 

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<p>Captain Sullenberger talks to HWA about <em>Sully</em> movie, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks</p>

Captain Sullenberger talks to HWA about Sully movie, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks

CAPTAIN SULLENBERGER dropped by HWA to talk about the new Clint Eastwood Directed movie Sully, starring Tom Hanks, which Premieres September 9, 2016. He also shared with us that Flight 1549 is not just an experience that defined him as a leader; it is proof positive that flawless execution comes through years of focus and preparation for such an event. When it comes to being prepared for the ultimate challenge, there is no better speaker than Captain Sullenberger, and you will be in sheer awe to meet the man who exemplifies the kind of leadership and character that we would hope every leader could possess in a time of crisis.

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<p>A leader in crisis management, Captain Sullenberger weighs in on EgyptAir Flight 804 crash</p>

A leader in crisis management, Captain Sullenberger weighs in on EgyptAir Flight 804 crash

In an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation, "Miracle On The Hudson" pilot and CBS News Aviation and Safety Expert Captain SULLY SULLENBERGER offered grounded insights and expertise about EgyptAir Flight 804, stating, “In many walks of life it's just human nature to shoot from the hip or jump to conclusions, but in safety-critical domains like aviation ... it's the evidence, facts, that we must rely on.” 

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<p>Blog posts that engage, inspire and help you lead</p>

Blog posts that engage, inspire and help you lead

A consummate leader who takes pride in living a life of integrity in both personal and business endeavors, Sully shares timeless perspectives through this monthly blog on a variety of relevant and timely topics.

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<p>Captain Sullenberger reveals <em>5 Tips for Making Decisions Under Fire</em> in <em>Entrepreneur </em></p>

Captain Sullenberger reveals 5 Tips for Making Decisions Under Fire in Entrepreneur 

How would you handle a death defying situation in 208 seconds? That is the amount of time Capt. SULLY SULLENBERGER and his U.S. Airways Flight 1549 crew had to do something they were never trained for (land a commercial airliner in a river) and get it right the first time. In this article for Entrepreneur Magazine, Capt. Sullenberger shares 5 human skills that anyone can learn and apply when facing decisions under fire in business and life.

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<p>Captain Sullenberger shares <em>What Is Needed When The Unexpected Happens...And It Will</em> in <em>Forbes</em></p>

Captain Sullenberger shares What Is Needed When The Unexpected Happens...And It Will in Forbes

Capt. SULLY SULLENBERGER pens an insightful Forbes / Leadership article on being prepared for the unexpected. Read on to find out how he helps answer the following question: What kind of leadership best enables men and women in positions of authority to navigate unexpected situations that range from the merely inconvenient to the truly grave?

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Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III has been dedicated to the pursuit of safety for his entire adult life. While he is best known for serving as Captain during what has been called the “Miracle on the Hudson,” Sullenberger is a safety expert, speaker, and author. He currently serves on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee for Automation in Transportation. He still flies privately. 

Born and raised in Denison, Texas, Sullenberger pursued his childhood love of aviation at the United States Air Force Academy. In his graduation year at the academy, he received the Outstanding Cadet in Airmanship Award. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in psychology, he also has two master's degrees, one in industrial psychology from Purdue University and one in public administration from the University of Northern Colorado. He also has an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Purdue University.

Upon graduation from the Academy, Sullenberger served as a fighter pilot for the United States Air Force from 1975 to 1980. He advanced to become a flight leader and a training officer, attaining the rank of captain. During his active duty, he was stationed in North America and Europe. After serving in the Air Force, Sullenberger became an airline pilot with Pacific Southwest Airlines, later acquired by US Airways, until his retirement from commercial flying in March 2010.

Prior to gaining worldwide attention, Sullenberger was an active and ardent safety advocate throughout his four-decade-long career. He was selected to perform accident investigation duties for the United States Air Force, and served as an Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) representative during a National Transportation Safety Board investigation. Additionally, Sullenberger served as a Local Air Safety Chairman for ALPA, and was a member of one of their national technical committees, where he contributed to the creation of a Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circular. He was also instrumental in developing and implementing the Crew Resource Management course used by US Airways, and he has taught the course to hundreds of other airline crewmembers.

After logging more than 20,000 hours of flight time Sullenberger became internationally renowned on January 15, 2009 when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River. The Airbus A320’s two engines had lost thrust following a bird strike. Sullenberger and his crew received international acclaim for their actions that day, including the passage of a Congressional resolution recognizing their bravery. Sullenberger was ranked second in TIME's "Top 100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons of 2009” and was awarded the French Legion of Honour.

Sullenberger is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters and also wrote Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage from America's Leaders. Clint Eastwood directed the major motion picture about Sullenberger’s life, titled Sully, based on Highest Duty. Tom Hanks stars in the lead role; Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney co-star. The film was released to critical acclaim in September of 2016 and garnered four Broadcast Film Critics nominations and one Academy Award nomination. Highest Duty has been republished as Sully: My Search for What Really Matters.

From 2009 to 2013, Sullenberger served as co-chairman of EAA Young Eagles—a program that inspires and educates youth about aviation. He is an international lecturer and keynote speaker at educational institutions, corporations and non-profit organizations about the importance of aviation and patient safety, crisis management, life-long preparation, leadership and living a life of integrity. In collaboration with DuPont Sustainable Solutions, 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. These programs and endeavors are ideally suited to put Sullenberger’s expertise in safety and knowledge of high performance systems’ improvement, to work saving lives, saving money and bringing value to communities. To this end, at the request of Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx’s request, Sullenberger began serving on the DOT’s Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation in January 2017. The Committee will advise on transportation automation issues across a range of industries.

Sullenberger is married to Lorrie Sullenberger, a community, social, and women’s wellness advocate. She serves as an Advisory Board Member for Big Brothers Big Sisters Bay Area, and is a 26-year volunteer with Guide Dogs for the Blind. The couple and their two daughters reside in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

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Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III has been dedicated to the pursuit of safety for his entire adult life. While he is best known for serving as Captain during what has been called the “Miracle on the Hudson,” Sullenberger is a safety expert, speaker, and author. He currently serves on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee for Automation in Transportation. He still flies privately.

Born in Denison, Texas, Sullenberger pursued his childhood love of aviation, learning to fly at 16. Upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy, he served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, then was an airline pilot, instructor, and accident investigator until his retirement in March 2010.

Sullenberger became internationally renowned on January 15, 2009 when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River. Sullenberger and his crew received international acclaim for their actions, including the passage of a Congressional resolution recognizing their bravery. Sullenberger was ranked second in TIME's "Top 100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons of 2009” and was awarded the French Legion of Honour.

Sullenberger is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters and also wrote Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage from America's Leaders. Clint Eastwood directed the major motion picture about Sullenberger, titled Sully, based on Highest Duty, with Tom Hanks in the lead role. The film was released to critical acclaim in September 2016. Highest Duty has been republished as Sully: My Search for What Really Matters.

Sullenberger is an international lecturer and keynote speaker on how to achieve the highest levels of performance, reliability, and safety through effective crisis management, continuous learning, leadership, and culture.