Founder, ceo, author, keynote speaker

Rusty Lindquist is the founder and CEO of Life Engineering, which leverages science and technology to drive human achievement for individuals, leaders, and organizations. 

Rusty studied behavioral and cognitive psychology at the University of Utah and has continued a journey of lifelong learning to understand what drives human behavior.

Focusing highly on organizational, motivational and cognitive psychology, as well as behavioral economics, he now works to bring that science to the world through A.I., technology, tools and training to power human achievement.

A seasoned product and product marketing executive, Rusty has over 25 years of experience inventing, managing and marketing SaaS products at leading technology companies with millions of users. As an international keynote speaker, Rusty is consistently rated in the top 3% of speakers. He’s delivered over 50 keynotes, over 500 smaller speeches and 60 live Webinars, often with over 2,000 attendees.

With 7 children and 5 grandkids, Rusty’s greatest fulfillment lies in family, and building things that make a difference in the lives of others.

professional OVERVIEW

Prior to launching Life Engineering in 2018, Rusty:

  •  Studied Psychology at the University of Utah to understand human behavior.
  • Learned software programming to know how to leverage technology to affect behavior change at scale.
  • Learned UI/UX design to know how to engage users through technology. One year later he was made Director of UI at Franklin Covey where he was celebrated at Internet World in NY for “Most Innovative Interface.”
  • Learned Product Management to know how to build and bring solutions to market. One year later he had invented, designed and managed the number 1 app on the app store in the business category. He also designed, managed and brought to market a product for real estate agents that went to $20M in ARR in only 1.5 years.
  • Learned product-line management and market strategy to know how to win in large markets with a sophisticated, multi-product offering. He ran enterprise software product teams for 20 years where he brought to market over 12 major SaaS products, including Canvas by Instructure (millions of users, hundreds of millions in revenue).


I grew up in difficult circumstances. I lived amidst abuse. I experienced homelessness and hunger. I experienced abandonment and despair. I lived often alone as an 11-year-old boy in the mountains of Montana with no electricity or running water.

I know what it’s like to live beneath your potential. I know what that darkness feels like. I’ve devoted my life to solving this problem. I am committed to helping bring people out of the darkness and into the light . . . to helping them find their purpose and figure out who they are, where they’re going, and how they’re going to get there.

Life Engineering is my life’s work. And to us here at Life Engineering, it’s more than a company. It’s a belief. It’s a belief that you can take control of your life. It’s a conviction that you have power, and that when given access to the right support, you can activate and achieve your full potential.

We’re on a journey… it’s a journey we hope you’ll take with us.

professional speaking

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

Rusty Lindquist, Founder & CEO, Life Engineering

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”
  6. Keynote at Northern Utah Funeral Director Association – The Science of Engagement and Identity.
  7. Keynote at Utah Department of Corrections Leadership Summit “Leadership – Committed To Change”
  8. Keynote address at Utah Funeral Directors Association ” How to succeed in life”
  9. Keynote at Workforce Software Sales Kickoff Summit “The Science of Influence”

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



What Rusty Lindquist has done is remarkable. In my nearly 3 decade career as professional speaker and executive coach, I've never seen a more powerful, packaged approach to unlocking human potential. This is going to change my career as I am even better equipped to serve my clients and ignite their world-class performance culture.

The concepts and materials are some of the best that I have seen in my 25-year career in talent development and coaching. Rusty’s approach is unique, entertaining, and thought provoking. I would highly recommend this to anyone that is looking to know themselves or their team in a very deep and meaningful way.

Powerful insight into why people do what they do and how we can help influence and direct our lives and each other’s lives for the better.  Great tools and resources for every aspect of our lives, from personal, community, to professional relationships too!  This is something that you definitely do not want to miss out on.


Habeeba Nobee: Thanks Rusty! Very inspiring 😃

veronika bekov: absolutely OUTSTANDING, Rusty!!!!

Kristin Bentley: This is the best one yet

Kelly Smallwood: Great presentation! Best I’ve seen today

Alexandra Morozova Mirante: This is one of the best ones!

Habeeba Nobee: Thanks Rusty! Very inspiring 🙂

Great dynamic presentation!

Jacqueline English: best presentation!

Luis E Sample: Rusty…as always in all your presentations you presented very compelling ideas and information. Thank you.

Profound insight.

Great presentation! Best I’ve seen today

Powerful presentation!!! thank you!!

Wow! Thanks!

Karen Beck: Excellent!

Rob Towne: So good Rusty!

Deb Steiner: You emulate that of which you speak, inspiring!

Martel Howard: Great presentation

Kereen Sampson: Great, thanks!!

Dhananjay Kadle: Great presentation

Martel Howard: Great presentation

Dhananjay Kadle: Great presentation

Suzan Rohn: excellent thanks

Renee Dykier: Excellent! Thank you!

Onaa Uhumagho: Woooo Great presentation

Maceo Hood: Awesome!

zoya saood: great presentation , i want to get connected with speaker

zoya saood: thnks it was awesome , crisp n clear with examles

Dana Burke: Super insightful

Linda Willey: This was excellent!! You need to talk to my boss 🙂

Adriana Bjerke: excellent, enjoyed it very much!!

Cindy lund Chow: powerful presentation!!! thank you!!

Anita Buchanan: wow! Thanks!

TEVIN BRANDON : Is there a book i can purchase?

Michael Cade: Great job Rusty

Karen Beck: Excellent!

Jan Grant: Bravo!

Debra Williams: AWESOME!!

Rob Towne: So good Rusty!

Deb Steiner: You emulate that of which you speak, inspiring!

zoya saood: very usefull

Judy Griffith-Surage: Excellent

Sharri Arnold: Enjoyed it!

Stephanie Roha: Amazing webinar!

Terri Pedone: Another Awesome presentation!!! Thank you.

Helpful Harry: Great presentation!

Jamie Depre: thank you!

Martel Howard: Great presentation

Dhananjay Kadle: Great presentation

Suzan Rohn: excellent thanks

Renee Dykier: Excellent! Thank you!

Onaa Uhumagho: Woooo Great presentation

veronika bekov: absolutely OUTSTANDING, Rusty!!!!

Habeeba Nobee: Thanks Rusty! Very inspiring 🙂

Maceo Hood: Awesome!

Deb Nabity: Excellent information presented in an outstanding format.

This was my favorite during the entire conference. He was knowledgeable, energetic & entertaining!

Excellent presenter and material. Was very positive!!

He was a great speaker, kept audience engaged and added his personal story which was touching. One of the best speeches at the conference.

I have had the pleasure to listening to Rusty in webinars. Meeting him at the conference and sitting in on this speech was great. Very useful information, very knowledgeable, great speaker, kept his audience engaged.

I thought this speech was incredibly informative and offered a unique way of thinking. His advice not only covered how to make ourselves better, but how to make our coworkers better. Great speech!

Rusty was a very engaging presenter and was obviously very passionate about his material. I feel as if I will be able to use tips and tools from his session in my role within my organization.

Thank you for a wonderful, memorable presentation.  Yours was one of the best of the conference.

Great presentation that for me was the most valuable part of the conference.  It was (or I hope it will be) my personal game changer.  I’ve been experiencing burnout – your words inspired me greatly and reignited my passion. Thank you for sharing your gifts!

I am a conference manager at the HR association of British Columbia, HRMA. I am pleased to say that you were one of my favourite presenters!

I thoroughly enjoyed and learned a great deal from your speech…the best by far!!!

Awesome! Gave me the roadmap and perspective I have been looking for to take it to the next level.

This was, by far, the best speech at the conference. Thank you!

Rusty…very much enjoyed your presentation. I would recommend you at a 10 – Thank you.

10/10 would recommend your talk!

I would rate it a 10! Great reminder of what we all need to achieve.

i just watched your presentation and loved it! The pace, your engagement (:)), and the passion made a huge impact of how the presentation comes across. fantastic, sir!

Rusty is the best speaker I have viewed today – he is engaging, he knows how to perform, besides the value of the content.

Rusty is the best!

He’s infectious.

Such a thoughtful presentation. I absolutely loved the slides and concepts you presented. Likely the best so far this year in terms of insight and poignancy.

Great speaker that was able to bring a personal message into the conversation. Would listen to him again.

Was a great presenter.

10! Yes, for those of us who desire more… make an impact!

Great content. Very engaging!

I love the presentation. So interesting and well-explained!

What makes this a great presentation is the combination of Rusty’s explanation along with the slides.

Good speaker. Found it interesting and had a ton of take aways.

Very knowledgeable and helpful.

Your presentation was very inspiring and changed the way I see my role in HR.

Fantastic presentation – clear, engaging and immediately meaningful. A great object lesson!

Book Rusty


Mainstage Keynote
300 or More
Large Group Training
100 - 300
Group Training
50 - 100
Small Group Training
50 or Less

Travel and lodging (if required) are provided or reimbursed separately.