About Dan Holdridge

In April 2001, Mr. Dan Holdridge was one of the youngest Program Directors at General Dynamics Corporation in Needham, Massachusetts. Dan oversaw computer engineering operations for General Dynamics and was sent to the United States Pentagon to support the construction of the newly renovated section of the Pentagon.

On September 11th, 2001, Dan’s life almost ended when he was injured in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Recovered physically, Dan dedicates his time speaking to people across the country about his experience that day, what helped him heal and how he became an even stronger person than ever before.

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Leadership, Resilience, and Accountability

When we are introduced to change it causes unease due to the unknown. You’re not alone! When we embrace the element of change whereas there is a potential of an “upside” with a positive attitude, we tend to see change in a more favorable light. I’d also argue that the probability of success of such change is significantly higher when we anticipate success as an element of appreciation of what good can come, instead of pessimism which is grounded in entitlement.

On September 11, 2001, as I was under the rubble from the terrorist attack at the Pentagon, I received a firsthand education on “change”. The world changed that day, but did the world learn from that day? What do you recall learning from that day in history? Change is an opportunity for the leaders in us to challenge possibilities, change probabilities, and act proactively to embrace what could be the best thing that has happened to you, your family, your organization – our world. After 9/11, I’ve learned to appreciate every possibility, every person, every moment.

One of the last to live in the United States Pentagon on September 11, 2001, Dan Holdridge has a unique and incredible vantage point from underneath the rubble to bring your audience on a journey of appreciation for all we have in life and leadership lessons. Dan has taken the nation’s worst terrorist attack in US history, and inspired thousands with his amazing story of survival – but more important than surviving – is how to live. Dan’s message of “What we focus on is who we become” is inspiring audiences to never feel entitled to anything in life, and instead create appreciation and gratitude for all we have.