Who is Michael Hingson?

Thank you for your interest. Here’s some more about Michael…

On September 11, 2001, a blind man escaped the World Trade Center by walking down 78 flights of stairs with his guide dog. Days later, America fell in love with Mike and Roselle and the special bond that helped them both survive one of the country’s darkest days.

Immediately after the 9-11 tragedy, Michael was featured on the Larry King show five times. To quote Larry King…


“Michael Hingson is an international hero honored and awarded by top organizations worldwide.”  This media exposure changed the course of Michael life and launched him into a speaking career that has spanned over a decade. He now travels the world as a keynote and inspirational speaker that can motivate audiences to action.


Michael has some very amazing credentials.

  • Attended the University of California, Irvine (UCI) graduating with honors and received a Masters degree in physics; earned a secondary teaching credential from UC Irvine’s School of Teaching and Education.
  • While attending Palmdale High School where he graduated with a 3.54 grade average, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, where he rose to the highest honor a Boy Scout can receive, known as Vigil.
  • Mike enjoys a successful 35-year sales career, first in high-tech and now is selling attitudes and the adventure of life and living  joyfully to audiences around the world.
  • From the day he received his first guide dog at 14-years-old, Michael has been developing and fostering skills in leadership, trust, teamwork, adaptation and more – all skills which he was able to apply to the corporate world and as a professional speaker for the past 12 years.
  • He has served as Chairman of the Marin County Senior Coordinating Council.
  • Mike is a long time Social advocate for change concerning disabilities through his involvement with the National Federation of the Blind.

Thunder Dog CoverIn August, 2011, “Thunder Dog, The Story Of A Blind Man, A Guide Dog, And The Triumph Of Trust At Ground Zero” was published.  Written by Mike Hingson and Susy Flory, it shot right to the New York Times estsellers list in its first week on the market.  In December, 2013 Mike along with Jeanette Hanscome wrote and published “Running With Roselle: How a blind boy and a puppy grew up, became best friends, and together survived on one of America’s darkest days”.

What does Michael Hingson Do?

After 9/11 Mike Hingson began receiving requests to speak to audiences about his experience on that day as well as to discuss his thoughts on Life and dealing with change.  He has become a recognized internationally acclaimed public speaker who captivates audiences with his personal and compelling story.  He also teaches his listeners new ways of looking at life and their worlds by helping them to visualize from his viewpoint how to live, function and thrive.  He demonstrates through stories and personal examples how anyone can be a leader and become more successful in whatever they attempt to do.  First and foremost, Mike personally connects with every audience member by drawing them into his world and showing them how to use their own inner tools more effectively than they ever thought possible. Mike speaks to and has expertise on topics including leadership, teamwork, trust, inclusion, public speaking, disabilities, survival, change and much more.

Hingson gives over 100 presentations around the world each year speaking to influential groups such as Exxon Mobile, AT&T, Federal Express, Scripps College, Rutgers University, Children’s Hospital, and the American Red Cross just to name a few. Hingson is Ambassador for the National Braille Literacy Campaign for the National Federation of the Blind and also serves as Ambassador for the American Humane Association’s 2012 Hero Dog Awards.

In countless TV and radio appearances, feature articles, and speaking engagements, Hingson does much more than simply tell his own 9-11 story; he continuously explores the broader lessons of his life and experiences inspiring and motivating audiences with topics such as:

  • Trust & Teamwork
  • Human-Animal Bond
  • Inclusion vs. Diversity
  • Strategies for the Future
  • Adapting in Challenging Times

Why Does He Do It?

As a long time sales professional and manager Mike knows that every audience is different.  He does not give a “canned speech”.  He works with event and meeting planners to customize his presentations.  He talks with his audiences, not to them.  While his 9/11 story stays relatively the same he uses his countless experiences from his professional and personal life to engage audience members where they are.  He is a speaker unlike many not only because of his story, but because, as he puts it, “I have the advantage of not needing to look at an audience to know how they feel about my talk”.  “This means that while I am speaking I can shift on the fly to make stronger connections and create more inspiring moments and memories for my listeners.”  Listeners to Mike’s talks contact him years later to tell him that they still remember what he said and how it changed their lives.

Where Does Michael Go?

Mike travels extensively throughout the United States as well as Internationally.  He and his guide dog Africa will travel to your event and make it better through his presentations.  

Contact Michael or Book Him for Your Next Event

Michael’s amazing inspirational stories will leave your audience or corporate event with something memorable and motivating. In order to find out more about how to get in touch with Michael,just fill out the form below and you will be sent some video clips of Michael’s newest DVD so you can get to know him better. We will contact you right away.

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8 thoughts on “Michael Hingson Bio

  1. We are looking for a keynote speaker for our Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association Installation Dinner on Wednesday, January 7th 2015. I was wondering if Mr. Hingson was available to speak at our event and what costs would be involved.

    Thanks so much, Kathy Christy

  2. Duane Gerstenberger checking in post convention.  Mary, Lara, and Jenn were all pleased to have a personal update on their favorite NY Times best-selling author.  While in my local Half-Price Books store looking for some DVDs earlier this week I ventured over to the Dog Stories section and, behold, there you were in hardbound, signed but not 1st edition.  I bought it for one of Lara’s neighbors for whom I’ve done some small home-repair work this summer.  He has some significant hearing loss and enjoys dogs and that combination has sparked his interest in a small, local non-profit, Summit Assistance Dogs.  He has an aged lab as a pet who is very good at getting in my way as I work at his house.  Her assistance is strictly limited to companionship.  Anyway, I bought THUNDER DOG for him and told him that I was one of very few people in America who could recognize and thus verify that your signature.  I am sorry that this sale won’t show up in July’s sales figures for you but perhaps my breakfast treat will make up for at least a portion of your lost revenue.  I’m glad to have your webpage in my favorites and look forward to keeping in touch.  The convention gave me great joy and satisfaction and our breakfast was a significant part of my week; thanks for taking the initiative.  Alert us whenever you come to Seattle.  I will watch for opportunities to get you an event here.  As you likely know, this is a dog-friendly to the point of dog-crazy town.  Best wishes.

  3. Hi. I am a college student at Antioch university New England. For my human development class, I convinced my teacher and another student that your book belonged on our stages of human development book list, and there for got to read it. My book partner and I have to do a presentation on you and your book. You are a truly amazing inspiration. We were hoping to email you with a few questions and a quick note on how we have drawn personal connections to your story. Our presentations are on November 18. Sorry it is quickly approaching and we understand you are a busy man.

    Thanks so much for your time

  4. I am Jim Rosso, I am a blind college student and I spoke to you over the phone about covering your book for my speech class. I got an A. You had informed me that you wanted to know about my college progress. I am graduating from Ventura College and I have been accepted to Channel Islands University for the fall. Please let me know when you are speaking in either Los Angeles or Santa Barbara. Thank you.

  5. I’m Cindy (Lovik) Boost – the girl with the bike in Thunder Dog. So glad many are learning what a remarkable guy Mike is – and was, long before 9/11! His life has always been an inspiration to those around him. With his busy schedule it is probably too much to hope for, but The 50th reunion for Palmdale High School’s class of 1968 is coming up on Saturday, October 27th, and it would be wonderful if Mike could attend with Karen. This is expected to be our last reunion so there may not be another opportunity. The website for the reunion is https://www.reunioncommittee.net/Online/Main/Logon.asp?SC=PALM68&Ref1=IDJEEK&Ref2=f so if it’s possible we would love to see him there. Thanks!

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