Dan Holdridge

Dan's Expertise
  • 9/11 Survivor

  • Performance 

  • Customer Service

  • Success

  • Motivation



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About Dan Holdridge

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 that ever before. The Purpose Conduit is the deliberate actions that harness and connect the energy of appreciation to help manifest our purpose in life. Our personal identity is redirected from ourselves to others through a genuine spirit of gratitude and service.

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Ninety Minutes of Distinction Finding the Moments to Take Others Breath Away

For 90 minutes after the terrorist attack on 9/11 on the Pentagon, Dan’s family did not know whether he survived. For those 90 minutes, they contemplated Dan with words not spoken, thoughts not shared, and actions not taken. Through this National tragedy, we all took time to reflect on the frailty of life and its effects on those important to us. In our families and our businesses, we frequently defer critical actions until tomorrow because we overestimate the time we have and the power of that time. Why wait for tomorrow!

  • An appreciation for life’s most important events.

  • Why running late for the right reasons is okay.

  • What you should say and do to live without regret.


“Walk In Each Other’s Shoes”  Understanding that the shoes you wear won’t educate you

After attending the 10th Anniversary of 9/11/01 Ceremony at the US Pentagon, Dan Holdridge’s life was yet again changed. Attending such a life changing service, returning to the place that nearly ended his life, then flying home that same day to share his experience with his hometown, Dan then flew the next day to a presentation that changed his life… and it will change yours also. You will want to hear this – and you will be off and “running” in a new direction in life.

  • Only when we step out of our comfort zone, do we have the ability to appreciate each other’s challenges.

  • Finding the strength to let go of our “attitudes of entitlement.”

  • The fear of change will grow our sense of entitlement to stay the same. The appreciation of a better tomorrow is a something we can embrace today that wipes the fears away.


Weapons of Mass Appreciation: You Don’t Have to Live Through a Terrorist Attack to Learn from One

In the wake of 9/11, many individuals continue to live day-to-day, allowing their identity to be defined by the market, society and others without any personal reflection as to "Why am I here?" By allowing external forces and pressures to define us, we fail to find who we truly are. Sharing his experience as a 9/11 Pentagon survivor, Dan Holdridge shows how the Purpose Conduit draws on the incredible power of appreciation, aligning our personal identity between ourselves and those we serve, helping us manifest our purpose.

  • Each of us has only a certain amount of time to make a positive contribution in the lives of others.

  • Each of us has a unique identity, separate from the one defined by the world.

  • Appreciating others helps us recognize our own greatness.

  • We all have a “9/11” of different degrees in our life, where we are faced with challenges to the very core of who we are and what life has in store for us.  How we respond can impact the rest of our lives.

What People Are Saying…

Henry Kates, Partner, Reavis Cianciolo, LLC
Dan is skilled as a business leader and mentor. A man of the highest integrity and character, Dan has built a successful company with a highly functioning team in a few short years. Don't be fooled, though, by his willingness to share credit for his company's successes. He is tough as nails.
Pat Yandell
Dan is a gifted speaker who both inspires and motivates. His insights and sharing of his near death experience on 9/11/01, are not only a tribute to his lost colleagues but an example of the good that can come from every hardship.
Thad Henry, Professor, University of New Haven
Dan guest lectured at several of my master's-level leadership classes at University of New Haven. The insight and inspiration that the students gain from Dan's story and life's lessons are the bright spot for the course. Embedded in student's final papers, Dan is referenced often and the profound impact he offered from his speech. His delivery and message are first class and truly transformational in nature.

"You do not have to live through a terrorist attack to learn from one. The Purpose Conduit draws on the incredible power of appreciation, aligning our personal identity between ourselves and those we serve, helping us manifest our purpose."

- Dan Holdridge 


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Surviving September 11th: Tenth Anniversary of 9/11/2001 Memorial Edition

"A cigarette and a clipboard saved my life,” begins Dan’s book, Surviving September 11th. Standing only ten feet from the blast of a commercial airliner crashing into the Pentagon, the author shares his personal experience on 9/11/01 to offer the wisdom necessary to navigate today’s troubling world. Surviving September 11th is a journey through surviving our nation’s worst tragedy while learning the beauty of life. Dan challenges his readers to appreciate the life they are living right now and to appreciate the people around them for the contributions made. This book defies the status quo by claiming that real success is found by living in humility while giving gratitude.

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Pentagon Prayer: The Story of a 9/11 Survivor

All Americans remember where they were on September 11, 2001. When the Pentagon was attacked on 9-11, 184 heroes as little as 10 feet away from author Dan Holdridge were killed. Holdridge relates every detail of the attack and his suspenseful escape, as well as the angel who rescued him from the Pentagon that day. He weaves the stories of colorful family members and a country childhood into the horrible events of 9-11. Although he writes that he can never again be the same person, he has devoted the rest of his life to telling the story of his 184 colleagues and the cigarette and clipboard that saved his life. Dan Holdridge was a prayer away from death, and his tale is as heartwarming and tear-jerking as it is riveting!

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