Speaking engagements

conferences, keynotes & corporate events

Consistently rated in the top 3% of all speakers at a conference, Rusty delivers powerful performances that engage the audience. He enlightens their minds, lifts their spirits, makes them laugh, and most importantly, motivates them to take action.

A richly experienced and highly polished international keynote speaker, Rusty has the references, testimonials, and post-session surveys to show he’ll be a powerful addition to your next event.

From his TEDx speech, to very intimate settings (20 or so attendees) to standing-room only super-sessions and keynotes (over 2,000 attendees), Rusty knows how to tailor both the content and the performance to both the people and the setting.


Rusty’s webinars commonly have over 2,500 registrants, and his recordings are still today among the top-viewed webinars for SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management).


live webinars

Rusty’s webinars commonly have over 2,500 registrants, and his recordings are still today among the top-viewed webinars for SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management).

  1. Why strategic HR is crucial now, and how to get started
  2. How compensation discussions make or kill your culture
  3. 5 Steps to a smart compensation plan
  4. HR’s role in employee performance
  5. Accelerating new hire productivity through onboarding
  6. How to leverage technology to drive strategic outcomes
  7. How to win the recruiting battle against big companies
  8. Creating pay transparency in the workplace
  9. Gain relevance, influence, and authority by viewing HR as a business
  10. Winning your sear at the strategic table with internal influence
  11. Using analytics to make smart HR decisions
  12. 7 practical ways to improve employee engagement
  1. 4 Ways to communicate compensation to drive strategic outcomes
  2. 5 Reasons you should pay employees for performance
  3. How to give feedback to employees
  4. Managing a diverse workforce
  5. Simple secrets to strategic HR
  6. Managing employee turnover
  7. How soft skills power organizational performance
  8. Employee Engagement
  9. Deeper dive with soft skills
  10. Being strategic about communicating comp to executives/managers
  11. Leveraging technology to accelerate your strategic evolution
  12. Recruiting for soft skills
  13. Creating an open and happy culture
  14. Reinventing performance management, how to do it right
  15. Employee development as a differentiator
  16. 5 Steps to set up your compensation plan
  17. What HR in top performing companies do differently
  18. Diversity, an entirely different perspective
  19. How to really drive employee engagement
  20. Implementing soft skills in the workplace
  21. Panel – Managing Employee Engagement
  1. A checklist for powering performance and engagement in 2017
  2. Strategies for communicating compensation
  3. The roles of employee feedback in today’s organization
  4. Comp is Culture
  5. Today’s recipe for organizational success: Culture, engagement, and learning
  6. 5 Keys to Retain Top Talent
  7. Communicating Comp to Employees
  8. Panel – Employee Engagement
  9. Hiring Hacks: What to look for when considering new technology
  10. If you aren’t investing in learning, you won’t keep winning
  11. Total Rewards Panel
  12. The Hard Truth About Soft Skills
  13. Compensation Best Practices
  14. How to become an onboarding master
  15. Panel, Employee Engagement
  16. Managing Employee Turnover
  17. Understanding Incivility (Costs, Causes, Cures)
  18. Paying for Performance
  19. Getting Real About Employee Engagement
  1. Tough Comp Conversations – A guide for doing them right
  2. How diversity can drive your organization forward
  3. The employee journey – the foundation of employee experience design
  4. Employer brand – How to get it right and put it to work for you
  5. Talent and Career Mobility
  6. How (and why) to make sure your employees feel valued
  7. The hard side of soft skills



Over the last 5 years Rusty has been out speaking as often as he can. His speeches often end with hundreds of people waiting to connect. They always leave people wanting more.

  1. Washington State HR Conference, Bellevue
  2. SHRM National, Washington DC
  3. Plansource Conference, Deer Valley, UT
  4. Florida HR Conference, Orlando, FL
  5. California HR Conference, Long Beach, CA
  6. Northwest Human Resource Management Association, Bellevue, WA
  7. PayScale Compference, Bellevue, WA
  8. Utah Crossroads Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah
  9. Wisconsin SHRM Conference, Madison, Wisconsin
  10. Michigan SHRM Conference , Detroit, Michigan
  11. Elevate, Salt Lake City, UT
  12. Be the author of your own story, Viewmont High School, Centerville, UT
  13. SHRM Chapter Meeting, Provo, UT
  1. If any of you lack wisdom (Youth Group)
  2. HR must reach escape velocity (DisruptHR SLC) (300)
  3. 16 Elements of Engagement (Virginia SHRM Conference) (200)
  4. Scaling Smarter Panel, Park City Utah
  5. Discover the Light Within (Idaho High School)
  6. 16 Elements (Workforce Experience Event , Portland, Oregon) (50)
  7. 16 Elements (Elevate Summit, Snowbird)
  8. Elevate – how to accelerate the evolution of HR (Elevate Summit, Snowbird)
  9. Think like a business, act like a business, win like a business (Elevate Summit, Snowbird)
  10. Think like a business, act like a business, win like a business (HRMA- Canada) (400)
  11. Discover the light within (Youth Conference)
  12. The economic urgency of high-impact HR (PIHRA) (2,000)
  13. The connection between workplace civility and company culture (CAHR) (350)
  14. Facing Your Fears With Faith: How to move forward in troubled times (Cent 5th Relief Society)
  15. The 16 Elements of Engagement (Utah Crossroads – 150)
  16. 16 Elements of Engagement (Northwest Human Resource Management Association Conf)
  17. Tennessee SHRM Conference – 16 Elements (300)
  18. Payscale Compference – Comp and Culture – the surprising partnership
  19. Elevate Virtual – The Art and Science of Onboarding
  1. Lake Washington (LWHRA) – 16 Elements of Engagement
  2. Association of Youth Councils – Discover the Light Within
  3. Association of Youth Councils – Escape Velocity Workshop (16 Elements)
  4. HRACU – The Employee Journey
  5. Summit – The business of employee satisfaction
  6. Summit – Discover the light within
  7. SLSHRM – The Employee Journey
  8. Utah Business Week – Escape Velocity
  9. National Human Resources Management Association: Architecting the Employee Experience
  10. Escape Velocity Seminar – A Life Launch Event (x4)
  11. Escape Velocity Seminar – Identity – Discover the light within
  12. Escape Velocity Seminar – Objective – Find your purpose
  1. Keynote address at Kirton McConkie commercial law firm’s annual conference, “Leadership Through Engagement”
  2. Keynote address at Utah Business / Utah SHRM HR Achievement Awards, “Powering Human Achievement”
  3. Keynote at JD Power Midsized Banking Conference
  4. Keynote at Workforce Software Customer Advisory Board “Energy Matters Most”
  5. Keynote at Workforce Software’s Vision23 User Conference “Engagement is key to achievement”

There are few things I enjoy more than speaking to groups about things that are important to them, to their lives, and to their futures. We are all engaged in an epic battle in life. But we aren’t alone. And we can all benefit from the emotional energy and intellectual ammunition that comes from a powerful, life-changing speaking event.

I conduct down-to-earth, mentally stimulating sessions and workshops in a high-energy, emotionally rich format. I tell stories, fill hearts, lift spirits, and engage minds. I help people see the light that shines within and teach them incredible principles that give them power in their lives.


Rusty Lindquist


Like most keynote speakers, Rusty has a repertoire of his top keynotes. But unlike most speakers, who exclusively deliver those speeches, Rusty finds great joy in tailoring a speech to your specific audience and your specific event.

When you book Rusty to speak, he’ll start with an in-depth interview with you to understand your unique needs, and will create a speech totally tailored to your situation. 

Rusty gives speeches to all audiences. Some of them are highly personal to youth, adults, or both. These are often delivered at personal development conferences or youth conferences.

Some are highly professional. He’s a favorite at large conferences, and also conducts high-impact sessions in more intimate training or workshop settings within an organization, or at a company retreat or event.