Podcasting -- Coaching -- Speaking -- Writing


I want to help people live their most fulfilling lives and, at the same time, continue moving more and more toward that in my own life.

Since leaving my corporate world at the end of 2018, I have had many iterations of what it looks like to help people practice "Safari Living."  I have settled into a combination of podcasting, coaching, speaking, and writing.

The writing in in progress but information on the rest is available below. I trust you will find the info you need on this site, otherwise please reach out directly: steve@stevefredlund.com or 651.587.5435.


Starting in the spring of 2020, Steve launched "just Steve", a podcast centered on discussions with interesting people. Join Steve has he probes the minds and lives of the most interesting people he knows, with the goal of uncovering insights we can all apply in our own lives.

Links to different podcast providers will be set up once the shows are listed more broadly; for now you can use this direct player.

Check out Episode #1 for an overview of the podcast.


Recent guests (episodes available above)

Episode 002: Shaun Johnson: Tonic Solfa & Big Band Experience



I'm basically available for whatever you need, and I can bring my experience, background, and perspectives to help improve your life. Historically I have charged $150-$200/hour for my coaching, but for those jumping on board now, I am offering the following (with no minimum sessions, so you can test drive and see what you think):

  • $50 per 50 minute session done via Zoom (video conference)
  • No notes taken or homework developed; client creates the agenda
  • I can make an audio recording of each call available upon request


I love sharing my thoughts and insights through speaking, whether they are small or large groups. Feel free to connect with my speaking page on Facebook HERE

I am open to new topics, but current talks I am delivering (details below):

  • The Right Peeps in Your Jeep: The Power of Shared Passion
  • Living Life Like a Safari
  • Spiritual Threads: My Faith Deconstruction

I have spoken with nearly 150 audiences, ranging from small to large, covering many topics. Current topics are included below.

Bill Eshleman from Costco said, "Steve was amazing. His down to earth message held the attention of all 300 employees. From new hire hourly employees to 35+ year salary managers. The Black Rhino Living message was well received. I received several compliments and was thanked several times for hiring Steve. We will hire again for future corporate events."

Speaking rates are based on a number of factors with adjustments for group size, travel, and nonprofit status. Talks are available at no charge (except travel costs) for Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis, Lions Clubs, Business Networking Groups, etc.

I bring humor alongside the profound, leaving the audience longing for more. I'm also highly professional and adaptable, making me easy to work with before, during and after the event. If you'd like to talk with me about sharing at your next gathering, please reach out.

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Full Title: "The Right Peeps in Your Jeep: The Power of Shared Passion"

Format: ​30-60 minute keynote

This program is perfect for:

  • Those who feel a lack of passion
  • Those looking for deeper engagement and motivation in life
  • Those longing for something "more" but unsure what that is

The audience will leave with:

  • An understanding of the importance of surrounding themselves with the right companions
  • An increased boldness to chase their passion
  • Practical application on how to start getting the right "peeps' in the right seats in their "Jeep"

I have shared my story of pursuing the Black Rhino on the Maasai Mara several times to several different audiences, but as of the end of 2019, I have not shared it in specific reference to this topic: The Power of Shared Passion. I will be doing a TEDx talk on this subject in March 2020 and would love to continue to share this life-changing message more broadly. Of all the elements of my "Safari Living" perspective, getting the right "peeps in our Jeep" has resonated the most with people.

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Full Title: "Lessons from a Humanitarian: How I Learned to Live Life Like a Safari"

Format: ​30-60 minute keynote

This program is perfect for:

  • Those who need a more epic view of their lives or business
  • Those looking for deeper engagement and motivation
  • Those longing for something "more" but unsure what that is

The audience will leave with:

  • Greater sense of life as an epic adventure
  • Realizing how much of our life we live by default vs. intentionally
  • Recognizing the importance of the "Right Peeps in the Jeep"

​I have shared this talk a few times prior to 2020 with excellent reviews, including an all-employee meeting of Costco where the event planner said, "Steve was amazing. His down to earth message held the attention of all 300 employees. From new hire hourly employees to 35+ year salary managers. The Black Rhino Living message was well received. I received several compliments and was thanked several times for hiring Steve. We will hire again for future corporate events."

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Full Title: "Spiritual Threads: The Unraveling of my Fundamental Shirt"

Format: ​15-60 minute keynote or breakout session

This program is perfect for:

  • ​Individuals wrestling with the faith
  • Church leaders who want to understand the movement away from church
  • Strategic denominational leaders looking for opportunities to grow their churches

The audience will leave with:

  • ​A real-life example of a former conservative evangelical who developed questions, deconstructed their faith, and are now on the other side with a new perspective
  • Affirmation that their questions are OK
  • Strategies to reach out to people who are leaving the church because it doesn't make sense to them anymore

​I spent decades in the conservative evangelical church, including four years as an Executive Pastor, 10 years on church and denominational boards, and helping start four churches. As questions emerged, they were like "threads" on my perfectly woven shirt; asking those questions was like pulling those threads and ultimately it unraveled my shirt. The process of deconstructing my faith was very difficult, but has left me in a place where I could honestly figure out what I believe and then align myself with others of that same mindset. I was asked to share my thoughts at a gathering of Minnesota Methodist leaders a couple of years ago; here is a link to that video.

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Steve has certainly changed my life and its purpose. He is the rare individual who navigates complex topics with ease… who can impart groundbreaking ideas with charm and subtlety, allowing participants to remain open to his unique message.  I’ve personally witnessed a “cold room” become charged with purpose, due in no small part to delivery as well as sheer force of personality.  I’ve observed Steve in front of hundreds of strangers, in formal rounds and in small peer groups and noticed in each a man who masters the resonant art of communication with an unparalleled grace.

Steve is a charismatic visionary who has an amazing ability to listen, question and utilize his great sense of humor to lead others to new perspectives and positive results. I have known Steve for more than 25 years, he is a natural collaborator, who consistently ensures that each individual feels their frame of reference is respected and valuable. He knows how to share his intelligence, love of learning, analytical and strategic skills in an interesting and fun manner. There is a Chinese proverb that immediately brings Steve to my mind, “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” Steve is a builder of “windmills”, a builder of ideas and actions that transform minds, people, and produce results. I strongly recommend Steve to any organization that needs assistance with ensuring positive transformation, change and innovation.

Compassion, wit, and an incredible ability to listen and communicate — Steve never ceases to amaze me with his ability to genuinely and deeply connect with people.  His integrity, honesty, and inspiration are palpable when he speaks, which establishes a sense of trust and motivation for his audience.  Steve is an incredible speaker and a deeply compassionate soul who views the world through a large, wide-angle lens.

I have seen few with Steve’s unique ability to take complex issues with many layers, drill down to the core, and walk people through a step by step plan to reach their objective. Steve’s gift for analytics allows him to take large concepts with overwhelming amount of data and find meaning at the core.  His charisma and sense of humor make him interesting and fun to follow as he helps you find meaning in the sea of data.  Steve has a likable personality people are drawn to.

It has been my pleasure to know and work with Steve for many years on a personal and professional level. Beyond demonstrating the highest levels of professional competency and integrity, Steve’s leadership skills and lifelong learning commitment are apparent. He has consistently demonstrated the unique ability to serve strategically with a true spirit of service to others. The proven result is consistent long term organizational success with each endeavor. I have the highest regard for Steve in all respects.

My experience working with Steve Fredlund has always been positive. Steve combines the analytical, the practical and even the humorous in a masterful way. He is about acurate data points, answering the deep why questions, as well as sharing practical application. Steve has a great public speaking style that takes systems thinking and complicated processes and makes them digestible for the listener. I highly recommend considering Steve Fredlund for your organizations analytical needs.

Steve is a rare talent. In an increasingly complex world, Steve has an uncanny ability to separate the signal from the noise and let the data and facts tell the story. Moreover, the clarity with which he delivers information to a broad range of audiences is superb. Having a short conversation with Steve on a complex topic, you will walk away feeling like an expert.

Steve Fredlund is a reliable problem solver. He is both creative and analytical.   He enjoys trying new things, but will put in the research ahead of time, and isn’t afraid to ask questions, and get advice along the way, to increase the chance of success.  With his actuarial background he can dig into the nitty gritty, and is very detail oriented, but also does well working with the big picture in mind.  Steve is an excellent communicator.  He is especially adept in group discussions and interviewing, and has years of experience speaking in front of large groups, on podcasts, and the radio.

I have had the privilege of working with Steve Fredlund in many settings – large groups, small groups, cross-cultural settings and one on one.  Steve constantly brings excellent content.  His warm, friendly style engages with audiences of all ages.  He’s comfortable talking with a group of national leaders in Rwanda, Africa or training a group of Our Response volunteers in East Central Minnesota.  With natural leadership and an easy smile he makes the necessary inroads required for passing along important information.  If you are looking for a speaker who knows how to deliver, Steve is someone to seriously consider!

Steve Fredlund is a gifted leader, visionary and organizer. I saw him begin a ministry from scratch that impacted the lives of hundreds of children in Rwanda. I highly recommend him as a speaker, coach and consultant.

Steve puts his passion into action. He has an ability to energize a group of people together who share a dream and begin a movement that turns the dream into a reality.

Steve is an engaging speaker who brings a strategic, hopeful perspective to audiences. His enthusiasm and hard work created an impactful presentation for our Annual Conference.

Meet Steve Fredlund


More than anything, I want to help people (and myself) live their most fulfilling lives.

Most of us have never really considered what our most fulfilling life would be; we tend to accept our lives as they are, just trying to get through it with some moments of joy. Inspired by my first trip to East Africa, I developed "Black Rhino Living" as a perspective that rejects the idea that we just have to accept things as they are.

Career & Education: For 30 years, I brought clarity and innovative analytical solutions to several large corporations (Allianz, Medtronic, Thrivent, 3M). I hold a degree in mathematics and an MBA with emphasis in nonprofit management; I am a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and certified in Strategic Workforce Planning. My most prolific roles included actuarial, capital markets hedging, and workforce analytics.

Non-Profit: In late 2009, I co-founded Our Response, a non-profit focused on improving the quality of life for communities in northern Rwanda. As volunteer Executive Director, I have led four trips to Rwanda and raised more than $2 million to move these areas toward self-sustainability. I have also served on six nonprofit boards, helping all of them develop a clear and compelling vision with aligned strategies.

Personal: My wife Tracy and I have three grown children. I love playing and teaching poker, podcasting, enjoying Minnesota sports, and hanging out with family and friends; especially if it gives me the opportunity to learn more about each other.

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