Steve Fredlund

Steve Fredlund

Steve Fredlund is a multi-passionate visionary who has had profound impact as an award-winning actuary, humanitarian, coach, consultant, author, speaker, podcaster, entrepreneur and leader of African safaris.

For ten years, Steve’s journey included two parallel paths: a good life that became increasingly unfulfilling and humanitarian trips to Africa that ended on safari. Steve’s research into happiness and his safari experiences blended into something remarkable. He discovered the “Big 5” factors that impact both, becoming the foundation of “The Safari Way”, a movement to increase the happiness and success of people around the world.

Steve is a two-time TEDx speaker, fellow of the Society of Actuaries and holds an MBA. When not working, he can be found on the disc golf course, playing a poker tournament or suffering through another season as a Minnesota sports fan.

Most Requested Programs

“The Safari Way to Greater Happiness”
Is it possible to be successful and still be happy? Or do we have to choose? Is there a way to have both? Through his career experience and research, Steve “The Safari Dude” Fredlund has uncovered the “Big 5” drivers of success and happiness - and they are the same factors that make an African safari incredible. Join Steve on this epic adventure to approach life, work and leadership The Safari Way.

“The Safari Way: Roaring Success with the Right Peeps in the Jeep”
It is so frustrating to have high potential team members who aren’t as productive as they could be. They have the skills, knowledge and abilities to make a huge impact but are disengaged and don’t stick around. The problem is not their potential, it is converting that potential to actual contribution. How can we add team members who will have the impact they are capable of? As an award winning actuary, Steve Fredlund analyzed data on more than 150,000 global employees, uncovering the core drivers of productivity, engagement and retention. In this session, he will teach you how to enhance hiring to build a more productive team. Known as “The Safari Dude”, Steve calls this “getting the right peeps in our jeep” and it is one of the “Big 5” in his breakthrough approach to live, work and lead The Safari Way.


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. I received several compliments and was thanked several times for hiring Steve. We will hire again for future corporate events. - Bill Eshleman, Costco

Steve did a great job of sharing insights that drove conversation afterward, with every team member sharing their thoughts and engaging in a meaningful discussion - Bruce Copner, DISYS IT Sales & Recruiting

Steve was so easy, fun and energetic to work with! His passion is contagious, and he left the audience inspired to make the most of their life. His background is full of various experiences, so he is sure to relate to the whole audience. - Alyssa Warring, Detroit Metropolitan Apartment Association

Steve did an awesome job speaking as the last speaker of our three day conference, which is a hard spot to be in and have the ability to keep the group engaged. He was able to do that and much more and kept the group laughing and learning for the hour we had him. Great discussion for any business or team leader to be a part of. - Allie Hancock, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executives (MCCE)

Steve worked hard to understand our audience including their concerns and pain points, so he could relate his presentation to those areas, and he was spot on! – Toni Nuernberg, National Association of Credit Managers (NACM) North Central