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I’ve spoken to audiences large and small on a wide range of topics for over 15 years as a keynote speaker. I’m currently developing a workshop on mimetic desire (the topic of my latest book) to serve as an alternative to a more traditional keynote speech. If you’re interested in a workshop, please note that in your request.

The Lavin Agency handles all of my speaking engagements, but I’ve included this form here for you to reach me directly with any special requests. I have a very limited number of new speaking engagements that I can take on at this time given the release of Wanting. I review every request and give special preference to those organizations that set the experience up for success through attention to detail. I’ve given thousands of talks at this point and have developed an awareness of what affects people deeply at the level of desire and what does not, and I look forward to sharing notes with you should we end up working together.


The Core

Luke has a core belief in the importance of building bridges between heads and hearts. His talks weave in the following themes:

  • By working well, we don’t just make more—we become more
  • The unrepeatability of every person’s mission and contribution
  • The forces of desire that impact productivity in positive and negative ways
  • Steps to kill rivalry, conflict, and destructive competition
  • How to integrate work and life in a way that allows every person to thrive

What people are saying

After listening to Luke speak, his ideas haunted me for weeks, popping up in unexpected moments. He makes you question everything you thought you knew, but in an inspiring way. His ideas are big enough to undercut your basic assumptions about what you want out of life. Every writer and speaker desires to do that to an audience, but few can get in your head the way Luke does.

Gunny Scarfo

Luke Burgis drives deep awareness and offers simple solutions to navigating an often complex world. His background in entrepreneurship, business and study of the human condition, combined with a measured and dedicated approach to speaking and teaching, addresses the wants of his audiences while providing concepts and tools to help serve their needs. I trust his approach, his depth and his experience, which you will recognize immediately once you work with him.

David Jack

Luke Burgis brings conviction and power and deep dedication to the craft of public speaking. On several occasions, I've had the privilege of listening to him speak in front of large audiences. Luke’s way is never a memorized "stump speech.” He shapes his remarks to most effectively resonate with the particular group in a highly engaging, even intimate, way--while also challenging them. Luke leaves a strong impression!

Dr. Joshua Miller
SIMA International

Luke's storytelling ability, presence, and sincerity are exceptional. I've had the opportunity to see Luke in various contexts, and the result is always the same--a truly impactful speaker who is able to communicate wisdom in a highly personal way, even in front of a large audience.

Andreas Widmer
Director, Center for Principled Entrepreneurship

In his speaking, Luke combines real world experience in the business world, deep theological thinking, and a clear passion for helping people discover their unique vocations. Using his own fascinating background as an illustration, he inspires others to pursue their personal callings in pursuit of the common good.

Tyler Castle
American Enterprise Institute

Luke’s style and presentation are engaging and interactive. He’ll captivate the attention of audiences young and old. Luke weaves a tapestry of personal stories and anecdotes that communicate what matters most in life. From Bob Dylan to Robert Frost to Mother Teresa, he reminds us that at the core, we are moved by persons--not programs or things or the latest technology. Luke motivated all of us to reach outside of ourselves to help others find purpose and meaning. His talk was filled with humor and seriousness--you will not leave it unmoved. I cannot recommend Luke more highly as a speaker for your group or organization.

Richard Gordon, Esq.
Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P.


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Note: Most speaking engagements are booked a minimum of 4 months in advance.