The first time Michael Hingson
cheated death was in 1979. He had a ticket on a flight out of
Chicago, but managed to land a seat on an earlier flight. The
original flight crashed on takeoff, killing all aboard.
Nearly a quarter of a century
later, Hingson drew a lucky card again.
Hingson, who is blind, managed to
walk down 78 flights of stairs in the burning World Trade
Center's Tower One on Sept. 11, led by his guide dog, Roselle.
He managed to do it while keeping his cool and his trust, in a
stairway thick with the odor of jet fuel and the sense of human
fear. The 52-year-old Hingson, nonetheless, doesn't spend time
asking the question, "Why me?" He has opted instead to
take this third chance and turn it into something meaningful.
He has become
speaker on the topic of trust and teamwork, something he doesn't believe
is diminishing despite the parade of headlines about political,
corporate and church scandals that have left people questioning
their faith in institutions.
"People are looking for
answers. They want to know, what do we do now?" said
Hingson. "People want to connect and figure out how we
move forward from here. I felt if there was a way to speak out
and help people, I should try to do that."
to becoming the National Public Affairs Representative for
Guide Dogs for the Blind, Michael was district sales manager
for Quantum Data Protection Division of Irvine, Calif.,
overseeing a sales force and field operations. He has a
masterís degree in physics from the University of California
at Irvine. He is a former member of the California State Guide Dog
Board, and is a member of the National Federation of the
Blind. Michael lives with his wife, Karen, in California.
of Michael Hingson's Most Popular Topics
draws on his personal experiences (25 years in sales, 38
years as a Guide Dog user, and his experiences in the crisis
of 9-11) to address the issue of teambuilding: how to build
a successful team; how to make people value each other and
work together; how the resources we use to pull together in
times of crisis are available to us in our daily lives.
Power of the Human & Animal Bond
of Americans enjoy the love and companionship of their pets.
Michael Hingson describes the importance of the human/animal
bond, its impact on society, and the medical research that
supports its benefits. He also talks about how to socialize
and be responsible for your dog.
Lessons of 9-11
Hingson has a unique perspective on the tragedy. As a WTC
survivor, as a person who is blind, as a member of the world
community and as thoughtful and caring individual, he
carries a message that audiences are eager to hear.
Does Your Blind Dog Cross the Street
Hingson provides a humorous look at common
misconceptions about blindness and guide dog use to
provide education as well as sensitivity and diversity
Each of us makes hundreds
of choices every day of our lives. How we choose to
react to situations can have profound effects on our
lives, on society and on the world.
The Real Bottom Line
Michael Hingson's life
changed dramatically after the tragedy of 9-11. He
challenges us to re-examine our priorities and bring
truth, transparency and compassion back into the world
of business and our personal relationships.
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