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Doreen Welsh

Inspirational, Motivational, Aviation Safety, Hero, Teamwork

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 Doreen Welsh Biography

When US Airways Flight 1549 crash-landed into New York's Hudson River in 2010, Doreen Welsh thought that her life was over. Doreen had been working as a flight attendant for 38 years and says that she`s had some interesting incidents in her career, but none like the experience that was to become known as the "Miracle on the Hudson."

There were 150 passengers, the pilot, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and three flight attendants, including 58-year-old Welsh, on board when the plane went down in the Hudson.

About a minute after take-off those on board felt as if the plane hit something. That something happened to be birds-big birds-which took out both of the airliner's two engines.

Doreen, working the back section of the airplane, thought they were just going to circle around and land, having made quick returns to the airport a number of times in the past. Instead, as she fastened her safety belt, she heard the three words for which she had trained for 38 years, but words she thought she would never hear in her entire career, "BRACE FOR IMPACT!" Doreen had 90 seconds until impact! Ninety seconds in which she knew instinctively would be her last in this world. The world was in slow motion as the pilot had to land the plane on the frigid Hudson River.

Landing tail section first, the aft end of the airplane struck the water particularly hard. "It felt like we hit something. People up front said it was like a hard landing but it felt like a crash to me. It was very violent in the rear of the airplane."

That's when the masks dropped and things flew from the aft galley, some hitting Doreen. The scene was surreal. After coming to a stop in the water, passengers rushed back toward Doreen to get to the aft doors. These exits were unusable as they were below the Hudson water. Doreen had to stop one woman who was frantically trying to open a door. With icy water rising quickly from a hole torn in the tail, Doreen had the difficult job of turning the confused passengers around and directing them to the wing exits. She told passengers to climb over their seats and keep the aisle free for those who can't climb. "Get to the windows! Get to the windows!" she commanded, as water continued to pour into the aft section of the airplane. Although she didn't realize it at the time due to an adrenaline rush, the left leg of this 38-year veteran of the skies had been penetrated by a 12 inch piece of angle iron. Up to her chin in frigid water at this point, Doreen pushed a few lagging passengers over the back seats and made her way forward to the emergency wing exits, where she was astonished to find passengers standing on the wings. "I didn't know the entire airplane wasn't filling up with water like my part of the plane was," she said. "I thought I might actually live through this."

It wasn't until her aft passengers were safely off the plane that she realized her leg was injured and that blood was coming from her mouth - "I bit my tongue on impact," she said.

Pulling herself to the front of the plane, bruised, battered, pants ripped, leg bleeding, mouth bleeding, completely drenched and with a post-crash hairdo, she found the other two flight attendants dry and perfectly groomed. "Everything was calm up front," said Doreen. "It was as if there had been two entirely different accidents."

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 crewmembers - 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?"

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  • HOW TO BOOK Doreen Welsh?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Doreen Welsh for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Doreen Welsh, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Doreen Welsh or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Doreen Welsh?

    Booking fees for Doreen Welsh, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Doreen Welsh, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Doreen Welsh?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Doreen Welsh for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Doreen Welsh for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Doreen Welsh or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Doreen Welsh or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Doreen Welsh

Inspirational, Motivational, Aviation Safety, Hero, Teamwork

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Doreen Welsh Biography

When US Airways Flight 1549 crash-landed into New York's Hudson River in 2010, Doreen Welsh thought that her life was over. Doreen had been working as a flight attendant for 38 years and says that she`s had some interesting incidents in her career, but none like the experience that was to become known as the "Miracle on the Hudson."

There were 150 passengers, the pilot, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and three flight attendants, including 58-year-old Welsh, on board when the plane went down in the Hudson.

About a minute after take-off those on board felt as if the plane hit something. That something happened to be birds-big birds-which took out both of the airliner's two engines.

Doreen, working the back section of the airplane, thought they were just going to circle around and land, having made quick returns to the airport a number of times in the past. Instead, as she fastened her safety belt, she heard the three words for which she had trained for 38 years, but words she thought she would never hear in her entire career, "BRACE FOR IMPACT!" Doreen had 90 seconds until impact! Ninety seconds in which she knew instinctively would be her last in this world. The world was in slow motion as the pilot had to land the plane on the frigid Hudson River.

Landing tail section first, the aft end of the airplane struck the water particularly hard. "It felt like we hit something. People up front said it was like a hard landing but it felt like a crash to me. It was very violent in the rear of the airplane."

That's when the masks dropped and things flew from the aft galley, some hitting Doreen. The scene was surreal. After coming to a stop in the water, passengers rushed back toward Doreen to get to the aft doors. These exits were unusable as they were below the Hudson water. Doreen had to stop one woman who was frantically trying to open a door. With icy water rising quickly from a hole torn in the tail, Doreen had the difficult job of turning the confused passengers around and directing them to the wing exits. She told passengers to climb over their seats and keep the aisle free for those who can't climb. "Get to the windows! Get to the windows!" she commanded, as water continued to pour into the aft section of the airplane. Although she didn't realize it at the time due to an adrenaline rush, the left leg of this 38-year veteran of the skies had been penetrated by a 12 inch piece of angle iron. Up to her chin in frigid water at this point, Doreen pushed a few lagging passengers over the back seats and made her way forward to the emergency wing exits, where she was astonished to find passengers standing on the wings. "I didn't know the entire airplane wasn't filling up with water like my part of the plane was," she said. "I thought I might actually live through this."

It wasn't until her aft passengers were safely off the plane that she realized her leg was injured and that blood was coming from her mouth - "I bit my tongue on impact," she said.

Pulling herself to the front of the plane, bruised, battered, pants ripped, leg bleeding, mouth bleeding, completely drenched and with a post-crash hairdo, she found the other two flight attendants dry and perfectly groomed. "Everything was calm up front," said Doreen. "It was as if there had been two entirely different accidents."

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 crewmembers - 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?"

FAQs on booking Doreen Welsh

  • How to book Doreen Welsh?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Doreen Welsh for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Doreen Welsh, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Doreen Welsh or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Doreen Welsh?

    Booking fees for Doreen Welsh, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Doreen Welsh, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Doreen Welsh?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Doreen Welsh for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Doreen Welsh for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Doreen Welsh or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Doreen Welsh or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Doreen Welsh is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Doreen Welsh for your event is available upon request. Doreen Welsh generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Patrick Shaub, John Nance, Brian Udell, Cathe Fish and Preston Westmoreland. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Doreen Welsh for an upcoming event.

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