“We need to try to do the right thing every time, to perform at our best, because we never know which moment in our lives we’ll be judged on.”
— Sully Sullenberger
When Captain Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger landed United Airlines flight 1549 on the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, saving all 155 passengers onboard, "The Miracle on the Hudson" became one of the most inspiring stories of our time.
Now a legend in the commercial aviation field, Sully travels around the world to deliver his story of hope and inspiration to future leaders. He’s one of many individuals proud of all he learned growing up in Texas’ Upper East Side. Read P.A. Geddie’s article below about Sully’s formative years and the influences with him that day in the cockpit.
Inventor and auto engineer Carroll Shelby — famous for developing the Ford Cobra, precursor of the Mustang — shared similar humble origins. Aside from leaving a large footprint on the auto industry, Shelby's story inspired the 2019 movie Ford vs. Ferrari.
We hope you will take a few moments to read these inspiring stories and reflect on the character traits most admired in leaders. What better time to share them with others as we begin the new year. — Lisa Tang