Sully Sullenberger

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  • 'Miracle on the Hudson' Captain
  • Previously U.S. Ambassador to the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization - a United Nations Specialized Agency
  • New York Times #1 Bestselling Author, 'Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters'
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Ambassador “Sully” Sullenberger has been dedicated to the pursuit of safety his entire adult life. He recently served as the U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations Specialized Agency, after being nominated by President Biden. As a global thought leader, he has now resumed his profession as a sought-after keynote speaker to audiences around the world and continues his advocacy for safety in global air travel.

Born in Denison, Texas, Sullenberger pursued his childhood love of aviation, learning to fly at 16. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, and served as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. He went on to be an airline pilot, instructor, and accident investigator. He still flies privately.

Sullenberger became internationally renowned on January 15, 2009, as Captain of US Airways Flight 1549, when he and his crew safely guided their disabled jetliner to an emergency water landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River, during what has been called the “Miracle on the Hudson.” 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 bestselling 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 was republished that year 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.

 



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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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208 Seconds: A Lifetime of Lessons

AMBASSADOR “SULLY” SULLENBERGER'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 c ...

AMBASSADOR “SULLY” SULLENBERGER'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 make all the difference when you are confronted with a challenge. AMBASSADOR “SULLY” SULLENBERGER’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 ...

How you prepare, train and lead make all the difference when you are confronted with a challenge. AMBASSADOR “SULLY” SULLENBERGER’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, Ambassador 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

AMBASSADOR “SULLY” SULLENBERGER'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 d ...

AMBASSADOR “SULLY” SULLENBERGER'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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<p><strong>Ambassador Sullenberger reunites with NYPD first responders to “The Miracle on the Hudson” 15 years later</strong></p>

Ambassador Sullenberger reunites with NYPD first responders to “The Miracle on the Hudson” 15 years later

When Ambassador SULLY SULLENBERGER successfully led the emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549, he knew the flight would be noticed, but he did not realize the story would continue to captivate and empower audiences the world over all these years later. Sullenberger and his crew received international acclaim for their actions, including the passage of a Congressional resolution recognizing their bravery.

On the 15th anniversary of this event, Ambassador Sullenberger reconnected with the New York Police Department divers and helicopter pilot who were first responders in the rescue. Their heartwarming reunion inspired audiences nationally. A gifted speaker whose message resonates in motivational keynotes, Ambassador Sullenberger offers unparalleled takeaways about the impact we can have through continuous learning, the pursuit of excellence, and an unwavering commitment to making a difference.

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<p><strong>Ambassador “Sully” Sullenberger in the News</strong></p>

Ambassador “Sully” Sullenberger in the News

Safety expert and pilot-hero AMBASSADOR “SULLY” SULLENBERGER is a global expert on achieving performance, reliability, and safety through effective crisis management. Ambassador Sully's story reveals the important lessons he learned through his life, in his military service, and in his work as an airline pilot up to and beyond the ‘Miracle on the Hudson.’

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01.11.2024  Capt. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger reunites with NYPD divers 15 years after ‘Miracle on the Hudson’  | TODAY

01.02.2024  The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper Marks the Fifteenth Anniversary of Flight 1549 in “Miracle on the Hudson”  |  CNN

10.20.2023  Efforts to Increase Aviation Safety, Avoid Near-Miss Incidents  |  Contra Costa Herald

07.06.2023  Road to Resilience: Resilience Lessons from Sulley  |  Mount Sinai Health System

04.20.2023  Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenberger Shares Insight into Pilot Shortage’ Today

03.30.2023  Plane Passenger Details Moment Man Opened Emergency Exit Mid-Flight  |  Good Morning America

03.17.2023  Amb. Sully Sullenberger Joins CNN in a Simulator  |  CNN

03.07.2023  Captain Sullenberger Weighs in on Scary String of Airline Incidents  |  Today

<p><strong>Artificial Intelligence (AI): The world’s top artificial intelligence thought leaders, business moguls, and tech titans help businesses and industries plan for what’s next</strong></p>

Artificial Intelligence (AI): The world’s top artificial intelligence thought leaders, business moguls, and tech titans help businesses and industries plan for what’s next

Individuals, organizations, and companies are experiencing a seismic shift in our relationship to technology – in which once-heady concepts that seemed like science fiction have become daily headlines and urgent topics of conversation. With the transformative potential of generative AI widely available for personal and business use, leaders with a vision for innovation are scrambling to understand the most relevant use cases for their industry and goals. Amidst the tumultuous climate of concerns about governance, misinformation, and risk – decision-makers are turning to AI experts and policymakers to overcome the challenges and take hold of the profound opportunity at hand.

The Harry Walker Agency represents the world's top Artificial Intelligence thought leaders, business moguls, and tech titans who provide invaluable insight in the rapidly shifting landscape of AI and Chat GPT. Corporate leaders like former CEO & Chairman of Xerox URSULA BURNS and former President, CEO, and Chairman of IBM GINNI ROMETTY inspire their audiences to seize this incomparable moment and lean into innovation. Renowned internet pioneers like SIR TIM BERNERS-LEE, JIMMY WALES, and the Statesman of AI DE KAI unpack these exceptional tech advancements and speak with clarity on the unique opportunities they present for your business. Global tech executives like PayPal’s President and CEO DAN SCHULMAN, digital entrepreneur and VC investor PHIL LIBIN, tech entrepreneur and VC angel investor MICHAEL MIGNANO, and data scientist and tech founder KATICA ROY. Miracle on the Hudson Captain and international lecturer Ambassador SULLY SULLENBERGER, tech founder and change agent MIKE MUSE, and algorithm expert CATHY O’NEIL speak to how teams can work with AI to achieve astounding results, while emphasizing our values of ingenuity, courage, and inclusion. Data scientist and Cambridge Analytica whistleblower CHRISTOPHER WYLIE and globally recognized cybersecurity expert MARCUS HUTCHINS explain AI’s potential risks and how to navigate the complex cybersecurity issues.

If your organization is looking to maximize the potential of AI to upend your status quo, improve your processes and products, and increase growth and revenue, then turn to these AI speakers who bring relevant experience to the conversation to learn how to respond to emerging and disruptive innovation in an intelligent, nuanced, and meaningful way.

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<p><strong>From Heroism to Horizons: Ambassador Sully Sullenberger's journey and the uncharted frontiers of Artificial Intelligence</strong></p>

From Heroism to Horizons: Ambassador Sully Sullenberger's journey and the uncharted frontiers of Artificial Intelligence

In captivating events, Ambassador SULLY SULLENBERGER explores the remarkable connection between his heroic landing of the Miracle on the Hudson and the evolving landscape of technology and artificial intelligence (AI) in all industries reliant on human expertise. The Miracle on the Hudson remains a touchstone of human ingenuity, expertise, courage, and crisis management, and Sullenberger highlights the value of decision-making in critical situations – and draws parallels to the transformative potential (and limitations) of generative AI (GenAI) and artificial general intelligence (AGI). A staunch advocate for effective crisis management, Sullenberger writes: “As artificial intelligence becomes more prominent in systems we are dependent on, the role of humans and their resilience will become even more critical.”

As he does in thought-provoking events around the world, Sullenberger inspires audiences to consider the importance of human innovation and leadership in all areas of an organization, but particularly, in this day and age, when leveraging AI advancements for the betterment and safety of society. He writes on LinkedIn: “AI should augment human intelligence, not replace it. People and AI bring different abilities and strengths to the table.” Your group will leave his talk motivated, confident, and ready to take on this new frontier of innovation, pulling emerging and advancing technologies into their daily lives, not to displace them but rather to support and enhance the expertise and experience they bring to the table now.

<p><strong>Aviation Museum named after Ambassador Sullenberger</strong></p>

Aviation Museum named after Ambassador Sullenberger

In honor of one of the most memorable examples of heroism in modern history – the “Miracle on the Hudson” by Ambassador SULLY SULLENBERGER, the Carolinas Aviation Museum has announced its new name – The Sullenberger Aviation Museum. The renaming signifies a new commitment to serve as innovation center for STEM education – a cause close to Ambassador Sullenberger’s heart.

At the naming ceremony, Ambassador Sullenberger reflected reflecting on his lifelong pursuit of knowledge and excellence that led up to that day, and the transformative lessons he learned from the flight and its aftermath, which he continues to share with riveted audiences worldwide. His extraordinary story became a #1 New York Times bestselling book, Highest Duty: My Search For What Really Matters, and Sully – a major motion picture directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks.  Ambassador Sullenberger has become a sought-after global expert in leadership, innovation, crisis management, and decision-making in times of adversity.

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<p><strong><span>Ambassador</span> Sullenberger has a rare ability to connect with audiences, receiving glowing praise for every motivational keynote</strong></p>

Ambassador Sullenberger has a rare ability to connect with audiences, receiving glowing praise for every motivational keynote

One of the most captivating American heroes of our time, Ambassador SULLY SULLENBERGER leveraged his expert leadership 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. The “Miracle on the Hudson” became the subject of Ambassador Sullenberger’s #1 New York Times bestselling book, Highest Duty: My Search For What Really Matters, and Sully - a major motion picture directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks. In addition to telling this incredible story to riveted audiences around the globe, Ambassador Sullenberger shares his experiences in leadership, crisis management, aviation safety, and public policy in sought-after motivational keynotes with groups such as the Society for Human Resource Management, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (New Jersey Chapter), the Orange County Business Council, AT&T, and many more.

As a global thought leader, Ambassador Sullenberger has been dedicated to the pursuit of safety his entire adult life. He recently served as the U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a U.N. Specialized Agency, after being nominated by President Biden. Beyond his impact as a leadership expert and public servant, Ambassador Sullenberger has honed the craft of connecting with his audiences – from C-suite executives to trade associations, from organizations in the midst of challenges to teams hungry for motivation. Audiences and hosts who experience Ambassador Sullenberger as a motivational keynote speaker consistently share their glowing praise and his takeaways resonate long after the event itself:

“Within minutes after Ambassador 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.” (Danville Chamber of Commerce)

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<p><strong>Ambassador Sully Sullenberger's message is one everyone needs right now </strong></p>

Ambassador Sully Sullenberger's message is one everyone needs right now 

With clear messages on leadership, preparedness, and decision-making in times of crisis, Ambassador SULLY SULLENBERGER's interview on The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg has received truly amazing feedback. Exceeding 100K downloads in one week and counting, audiences are craving lessons and examples of leadership and steadiness during these challenging times. Many, in fact, found the episode to be cathartic. One listener said it called to mind a time when “words mattered." Another said it's a reminder that America “can reflect the best of who we must be.” Ambassador Sullenberger is “a strong, compassionate voice in the dark, reminding us of what it means to be human,” another said. People are craving examples of leadership, not just in public but amongst each other and Ambassador Sullenberger brings that in spades to his in-person and virtual events.

Whether he's speaking to C-suite executives or customer service representatives, Capt. Sullenberger is unique in that he's able to both inspire and energize while also bringing a calm and steadiness to a room. Long before the current political climate we're living in, in passing, an audience member said, "that man needs to run for President" not because of politics but because he is an example of leadership and inspiration that everyone can look to for hope.

Watch Ambassador Sullenberger's remarks on civic duty to each other and our country >>

<p><strong><span>Ambassador</span> Sully Sullenberger reminds senior leadership teams that their courage can be contagious, empowering teams to accomplish more than ever before</strong></p>

Ambassador Sully Sullenberger reminds senior leadership teams that their courage can be contagious, empowering teams to accomplish more than ever before

Sometimes, we all need to be reminded that amid crisis, we have what it takes to make it through. The incredibly inspiring and motivational Ambassador SULLY SULLENBERGER, reminds us that none of us really knows what tomorrow may bring, whether it is a sudden crisis or a new opportunity. In a moving post, Ambassador Sullenberger highlights what he's learned over 53 years of flying and consistently having to prepare for the worst. He provides a powerful call to action for all of us as citizens, for the empathy, shared sacrifice, and what he calls "realistic optimism," necessary in these times. Equal parts bold inspiration and tangible advice, Ambassador Sullenberger's words highlight his unique qualities as a speaker, and ability to unify and empower.

An in-demand speaker thanks to his captivating and actionable lessons on leadership, preparedness, and decision-making – particularly in times of crisis – Ambassador Sullenberger receives overwhelming rave reviews after each of his engagements, such as: "Ambassador 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); and "Within minutes after Ambassador 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 Commerce)

<p><strong><span>Ambassador</span> Sullenberger keeps the tweets of praise rolling in</strong></p>

Ambassador Sullenberger keeps the tweets of praise rolling in

Not many speakers generate as much effusive social media feedback from audience members as Ambassador SULLY SULLENBERGER does. His powerful lessons on leadership, teamwork, preparedness, and decision-making under tremendous pressure resonate deeply with audiences of all kinds.

Highlight tweets from recent engagements include:

  • “Well there’s a reason @CaptSully was up last. No one can follow that.” 
  • "@CaptSully after a mesmerizing, spellbinding, standing ovation speech to hundreds @WellsFargo clients" 
  • “Been fortunate to hear many great and inspirational speakers over the years, but this may be the best one”
  • “I had the opportunity to hear @CaptSully speak, and to say that he is an inspiration wouldn’t even begin to cover it…”
  • “Well @CaptSully just gave one of the best keynotes I have ever heard”
  • “The @CaptSully keynote ends with a well-deserved standing ovation. Polished, informative, and engaging”
  • "Highly inspiring presentation by @CaptSully at #MSXXI. History of heroism and humanity"
  • "Amazing talk... inspiring, motivational, and above all humbling. Loved every second of it... #Remarkable #CommvaultGO

One of the most iconic moments in modern history, the story of "The Miracle on the Hudson" and Ambassador Sullenberger's successful emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549, inspires people worldwide. And thanks to Sullenberger's captivating and powerful message, he is in-demand for events with groups like Disney's Data and Analytics Conference, the Society for Human Resource Management, AT&T, General Mills, (ISC)2's Security Congress, and many more.

<p><strong><span>Ambassador</span> Sullenberger is a leading public safety expert </strong></p>

Ambassador Sullenberger is a leading public safety expert

A highly in-demand speaker thanks to his captivating messages on leadership, preparedness, and decision-making in times of crisis, Ambassador SULLY SULLENBERGER is a leading public safety expert who uses his position to foster change and meaningful dialogue. Ambassador Sullenberger has been dedicated to the pursuit of safety for his entire adult life, and while he is internationally renowned for serving as captain during “The Miracle on The Hudson,” his lessons on leadership, preparation, and safety extend far beyond the world of aviation. Recently serving as the U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a U.N. Specialized Agency, Ambassador Sullenberger has been sought-out as an expert to ensure public safety in the age of technological advancements such as autonomous vehicles.

Ambassador Sullenberger channels his expertise and passion into powerful keynotes that reveal how to achieve the highest levels of safety through effective crisis management, and continuous learning, leadership, and culture. Ambassador Sullenberger earns stellar reviews at each of his engagements, including: “There was not one sound in the room the entire time that he spoke... When you book a speaking engagement with Ambassador Sullenberger, you will definitely get more than your money’s worth" (Cox Media Group) and the glowing praise from audience members such as "'So timely, so powerful, so authentic' ... 'Great work. This will leave a mark!’ ... 'We more than loved him. He speaks our language’" (Boston Children’s Hospital).

<p><strong><span>Ambassador</span> Sullenberger’s game-changing lessons featured in <em>Forbes </em></strong></p>

Ambassador Sullenberger’s game-changing lessons featured in Forbes

Ambassador SULLY 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, Amb. 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, Amb. 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).

Listen to Ambassador Sullenberger’s Forbes Interview Podcast >> 

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Ambassador “Sully” Sullenberger has been dedicated to the pursuit of safety his entire adult life. He recently served as the U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and is a sought-after speaker, safety expert, author and pilot.

Sullenberger considers it one of the greatest honors of his life having been asked by President Biden to be the U.S. Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations Specialized Agency, in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He was nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2021. He served in the post in 2022. During his tenure he reasserted effective U.S. leadership at ICAO, tackling the aviation crises involving Belarus, Russia, a Middle East airspace dispute and climate change.

Upon reentering private life, he has resumed his profession as a keynote speaker to audiences around the world and continues his advocacy for safety in global air travel.

Sullenberger has a long history of service. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, and served as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. 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, in February 1980 he became an airline pilot with Pacific Southwest Airlines, later acquired by US Airways, until his retirement from commercial flying in March 2010. He still flies privately.

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 accident 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 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, as Captain, and his First Officer Jeff Skiles safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River, during what has been called the “Miracle on the Hudson.” The Airbus A320’s two engines had lost thrust following a bird strike. In terms of total combined years of flying since they had become pilots, Sullenberger and Skiles had 75 years’ experience at that time. And in terms of total years of just airline flying experience, they had a combined 50 years, so they were an extraordinarily experienced crew.

Sullenberger, Skiles and their 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 starred in the lead role; Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney co-starred. The film was released to critical acclaim in September 2016 and garnered four Broadcast Film Critics nominations and one Academy Award nomination. Highest Duty was republished that year as SULLY: My Search for What Really Matters.

Sullenberger has been an international lecturer and keynote speaker at educational institutions, corporations and non-profit organizations about the importance of aviation and patient safety, high performance systems improvement, leadership, crisis management, lifelong preparation, and living a life of integrity. He presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2011, as well as the Swiss Economic Forum that same year. From 2009 to 2013, he served as co-chairman of EAA Young Eagles—a program that inspires and educates youth about aviation. In more recent years, he has also been outspoken in defending our democracy.

Born and raised in Denison, Texas, Sullenberger pursued his childhood love of aviation by learning to fly at age 16, while still in high school, and later at the United States Air Force Academy. At his graduation from the Academy in 1973, 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.