2019 Conference Keynote Speakers

Doreen Welsh

Flight Attendant

US Airways Flight 1549

“Miracle on the Hudson”

Ninety Seconds To Impact!

 If you had only 90 seconds to focus the survival skills of those around you, what would you do?  This is the question Doreen asks, it’s the question she answers, it’s the story she tells—it’s the story that has audiences in tears one minute and laughing out loud the next.

Doreen takes participants on the emotional journey of that fateful day which became known as The Miracle on the Hudson. Doreen likes to say that had one person perished during that crash it would have been known as the US Airways Flight 1549 crash. Because of the heroic deeds of five crew members–who had never met until that day–it was a miracle!

In additional to being a captivating program, Doreen provides powerful points applicable to any audience, regardless of their occupation or background. Her program inspires audiences to develop their survival skills and manage their personal resources through proper training, skill development and risk management. She’ll help your audience see the necessity of maintaining their situational awareness, the importance of engaging in team participation and the necessity of continued training and refresher programs.

As Doreen likes to say, “What would you do if you only had "90 Seconds to (make an) Impact?"   Doreen is a speaker with AviationSpeakers.com.


Story Musgrave, M.D.

Story Musgrave was born in 1935 on a dairy farm in Stockbridge, MA. He was in the forests alone at 3 and by 5 floated his home-built rafts on the rivers. He rode combines at 5, drove trucks and tractors at 10 and when alone in remote fields repaired them by 13.

He never finished school, ran off to Korea with the U. S. Marines where he was an aircraft electrician and engine mechanic. He started flying with the Marines and over the next 58 years accumulated 18,000 hours in over 160 aircraft. He is a parachutist with over 800 free-falls.

He has 6 graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, and literature. He has been awarded 20 honorary doctorates. He was a part-time trauma surgeon for the duration of his astronaut career.

He was a NASA astronaut for over 30 years and flew on six spaceflights. He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger’s first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified DOD missions, was the lead space-walker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia. He was the communicator in mission control for 25 missions.

Today he is a producer/director of multimedia, a landscape architect, a heavy equipment operator, an innovator with Applied Minds Inc, and a professor of design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Story also performs multimedia corporate presentations on the topics of design driven innovation, project management, operations, human performance, reliability, quality and safety.

He has 7 beautiful children: Lorelei, Scott, Holly, Todd, Jeff, Lane and Story, ranging from age 55 to 8 years, 3 beautiful grandchildren, and a beautiful wife, Amanda.