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Michael Hingson

Author of the #1 NY Times Bestseller book "Thunder dog –The True Story of a Blind Man, a Guide Dog & the Triumph of Trust" and President of The Michael Hingson Group, Inc.

Author of the #1 NY Times Bestseller book "Thunder dog –The True Story of a Blind Man, a Guide Dog & the Triumph of Trust" and President of The Michael Hingson Group, Inc.

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Victorville, CA, USA
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Michael Hingson Biography

Michael Hingson, blind since birth, was born in Chicago to sighted parents who believed in raising their son with a can-do attitude. Treated like all other children in his family, Hingson rode a bike did advanced math in his head and learn to read and write – Braille that is! Hingson’s family relocated to the warm Palmdale area of California when he was five years old. It is here that Hingson had his first adventure with Guide Dogs for the Blind and received his first guide dog. He later went to college receiving a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Physics along with a secondary teaching credential from the University of California at Irvine.

Hingson’s life changed dramatically on September 11, 2001 when he and his guide dog, Roselle, escaped from the 78th floor of Tower One in the World Trade Center moments before it collapsed. Soon after, Hingson and Roselle were thrust into the international limelight where Hingson began to share his unique survival story and 9-11 lessons of trust, courage, heroism, and teamwork.

Hingson has served as The National Public Affairs Director for one of the largest Nonprofit organizations in the nation: Guide Dogs for the Blind; He serves as the vice president of the National Association of Guide Dog Users; Hingson holds seats on other agency boards including the Fort Worth Lighthouse for the Blind, the Earle Baum Center for the Blind and the Colorado Center for the Blind; Hingson is The National Ambassador for the Braille Literacy Campaign of the National Federation of the Blind. He is the Founder of the Roselle’s Dream Foundation - helping the blind obtain the technology they need to not only excel in school and at work, but to live out their dreams!

Until October 2019 he worked as the CEO of the Do More Foundation, the non-profit arm of Aira Tech Corp, a manufacturer of assistive technology which makes a revolutionary visual interpreter for blind people. In January 2021 Hingson joined accessiBe as its Chief Vision Officer to help advance the company goal of making the entire internet fully inclusive by 2025. AccessiBe provides an artificial intelligence-based product that makes web sites accessible to all persons with disabilities.

He is the author of the #1 New York Times Best Seller: "Thunder dog –The True Story of a Blind Man, a Guide Dog & the Triumph of Trust" – selling over 2.5 million copies Worldwide. In 2014 Hingson published his 2nd book "Running with Roselle"- which Is the first of its kind- A story for our youth shedding light on one of Americas Darkest Days. Aside from his talents and advocacies, Hingson has traveled the Globe from Japan to New Zealand, the Netherlands to his hometown, Chicago. Speaking to some of the world’s most elite: from former President, George W. Bush to Larry King, to Fortune 500 companies and colleges and Universities Nationwide. After sharing his story of survival on hundreds of TV and Radio programs, Hingson is now an Expert hired by many of today’s major corporations and organizations. Speaking and consulting on the importance of Teamwork and Trust, Moving from Diversity to Inclusion, as well as offering Adaptive Technology Training – spearheading innovation for ALL! - Thus, bringing organizations to the forefront of the ever-changing competitive modern world.
Currently Hingson lives in Victorville, California with Alamo, Hingson’s eighth guide dog and his rescue feline, Stitch.

Michael Hingson Speaking Topics

  • Turning The Tails On Terror In Our Uncertain And Scary World; Labrador Lessons from September 11, 2001


    As a survivor of the 9/11 tragedy as well as a person who happens to be blind, Mike captivates and enthralls audiences worldwide with his unique perspective on life and relationships. He guides us to explore how we may sabotage our own efforts, and how fear, courage, denial, trust, beliefs and philosophies have a tremendous impact on our personal lives, on our organizations and our world. Mike weaves the life lessons he has learned into an enthralling story of survival and perseverance that can help us all see that we can be much more than we are. Not only will he discuss his escape from the World Trade Center on 9-11, 2001, but he will also describe his life journey, including partnering with eight guide dogs, and how he came to be in the Twin Towers on that fateful day. Your audience will learn how to keep fear in check and survive even under the most adverse circumstances possible.


    • We do not need to be blinded by fear when facing unexpected situations.
    • Disability does not mean lack of ability.
    • We all face situations outside our control. While we can’t always control what happens to us, we always have control over how we react.

  • Moving From Diversity To Inclusion; Accessibility And Inclusion For All


    In this talk, Mike, who happens to be blind, a survivor of the September 11, 2001 WTC attacks, a subject matter expert on inclusion and a number one New York Times best-selling author, shows us that Diversity is not enough. He illustrates why it is time to move from Diversity to real Inclusion on the job and in our lives. Mike uses stories and lessons from his own life growing up as a blind person, successfully working in professional sales, management, and leadership positions, living as an entrepreneur, and surviving the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 to teach his audiences how a few simple attitude adjustments can open the minds and hearts of all of us as well as including persons with disabilities when filling jobs. Your audience will take away ideas about how to gain loyal and hard-working employees as well as how to help make the existing workforce more welcoming to those who are different than they. People will leave their time with Mike Hingson with a different perspective of diversity and how to create full inclusion of all people in their lives. Mike will use a mixture of humor and serious talk to help audiences realize the value of inclusion and how any one of us could in an instant unexpectedly join the ranks of persons with disabilities. Mike will use stories from his own life to show how developing accessible technologies have helped him moved all of us toward a more inclusive existence. He will illustrate how easy it can be to make jobs more accessible to all simply by changing our mindset and by incorporating a few simple rules when designing websites and choosing what devices we use on the job and in our lives. Mike reminds us that we are all walking down the same road of life and that if we work together we can create a smoother path for everyone.


    • Disability does not mean a lack of ability.
    • Diversity generally does not include persons with disabilities.
    • In reality, everyone has a disability, but some disabilities have been mostly covered up by technology.
    • Some of the best employees and partners are persons with disabilities because we know that with a %65 unemployment rate finding and keeping a job is invaluable.
    • Inclusion is not hard to accomplish. All that is required is a mindset modification we all can make.

  • What would you do when ?: How to survive Life emergencies and unexpected situations

    DESCRIPTION: Meet Mike Hingson and his eighth guide dog Alamo. Alamo has been with Mike only five years, but as Mike says, 'Alamo has learned a lot from me about how to live and work through emergency situations in our lives'.

    Mike Hingson will tell your audience how he and his former guide dog, Roselle, worked in and survived escaping from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. As Hingson says, 'it was no accident nor luck that helped Roselle and me get out of the Twin Towers that day'. Learn how Hingson used life skills to prepare for the most unexpected emergency imaginable.

    Audiences will learn that they can control fear. You can develop a mindset that will help you handle emergency and unexpected situations as well as survive them.


    • Anyone can better prepare to face an emergency.
    • Fear is our biggest enemy when facing uncertain and unexpected situations, but fear can be controlled.

    Audience members will learn how to better prepare for emergencies. Sometimes the best person to lead in an emergency is not the boss. The best person is the one prepared and who has developed the mindset to control their fear.

  • Thinking Outside The Box Isn’t Always The Best Approach Preparing Your Life-skills Toolbox


    What tools do we already possess that when used creatively in tandem with the strengths of others make us more effective? Most of us seldom take the time to look at ourselves to analyze the gifts we bring to our lives and to the world around us.

    Drawing on a lifetime of experience developing the skills needed to navigate through a vision-centric world, Mike compels his listeners to believe teamwork is so easy to make happen. He shows us that each one of us can turn our strengths and weaknesses into opportunities for creative adaptation and team-building partnerships and success. He demonstrates how to look at our actions and learn how to better ourselves through a bit of critical thinking and self-evaluation. As Hingson says, 'it is hard for each of us to look at ourselves especially in the way that others see us, but through a willingness to open our minds to self-evaluation with input from the outside we will become stronger and better'.

    Hingson describes how the choices he and his parents made directly affected and enhanced his life skills and his world. He tells his audiences how he learned to use the tools he learned as a blind person to have a positive impact on his life and the lives of those around him. Mike shows how his own on-going self-examinations helped him survive the terrorist attacks on 9-11 and how he was able to move on and become a successful international lecturer and a #1 New York Times Bestselling author.


    • People usually underrate their own creativity.
    • Audience members can learn to analyze what goes on around them to better make informed life and proactive decisions.
    • Audience members will learn that there is no shame in asking for help and advice to clarify thinking.

  • The Invaluable Power Of The Human-Animal Bond Lessons from a Guide Dog Team


    Millions of Americans enjoy the love and companionship of their pets. Medical research is proving that the human/animal bond can also have a measurable effect on our physical well-being. As the human half of a guide dog team, Mike Hingson describes his own experiences growing and learning from eight guide dogs, and explores our responsibilities for socializing and caring for our wonderful animal friends. He shows us how to establish closer relationships with our pets and how those relationships can grow into human-animal teams that can even save our lives.

    Audiences learn from Michael how love and commitment to our animal friends will take each of us further than we ever thought possible. Hingson’s successful experiences with guide dogs span more than 55 years. In this talk he uses the joys, sadness, successes and challenges of his own journey with guide dogs to teach us all how to enrich our lives by learning to understand and work with creatures who live, think, and communicate in different ways than we do.

    Mike challenges his audiences to reevaluate the relationships they have with their pets in order to forge stronger and more relevant bonds.

    People will leave this talk with a different perspective about their 'animal friends' and they may even discover that animals can be more important and contributing members of their families than they ever thought possible.


    • There is a lot to be said for thinking more like a dog to put things into perspective.
    • Adopting a teamwork-oriented mindset with our pets may well help us live better and more peaceful lives.
    • Dogs love rules and look to their human team leaders for direction.
    • While dogs offer unconditional love, they do not offer unconditional trust. Even with dogs, trust must be earned.

Michael Hingson Videos

  • Michael Hingson on the Envision Webinar - Full Interview
    Michael Hingson is no stranger to the blind and low vision community and we were delighted to welcome him as our very special guest on our August...
  • Author Michael Hingson at the OCFPL
    Blind since birth, Michael Hingson found himself trapped on the 78th floor of the World Trade Center Tower on September 11, 2001. Michael couldn't...
  • 700 Club - Michael Hingson - Thunder Dog - Roselle - YouTube
    Michael Hingson: Thunder Dog Michael Hingson shares the incredible story of how his guide-dog Roselle got him down from the 78th floor of ...

Michael Hingson Books

  • Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust
    Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust

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Michael Hingson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Turning The Tails On Terror In Our Uncertain And Scary World; Labrador Lessons from September 11, 2001, Moving From Diversity To Inclusion; Accessibility And Inclusion For All, What would you do when ?: How to survive Life emergencies and unexpected situations, Thinking Outside The Box Isn’t Always The Best Approach Preparing Your Life-skills Toolbox and The Invaluable Power Of The Human-Animal Bond Lessons from a Guide Dog Team. The estimated speaking fee range to book Michael Hingson for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Michael Hingson generally travels from Victorville, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Alexandra Cousteau, Ed Begley Jr., Will Chesney, Elena Delle Donne and Jonathan Mooney. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Michael Hingson for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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