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Eric Swenson

CEO; Chief Leadership & Workforce Strategist

Eric Swenson is acknowledged as a leading expert on leadership and the workforce. His work with businesses throughout North America has led to improved performance, stronger employee engagement and greater customer satisfaction. 

His first book, “Managing People in the 21st Century“, was published in 2004, and was updated 16 years later in March 2020. His book, “The 5 A’s of Great Employees,” was published in 2016 and argues that experience and education have become far less important in today's workforce than intangible attributes. 

A sought-after speaker, he speaks frequently to organizations and conferences on topics ranging from leadership and management, to workforce trends and issues.  He has conducted seminars for professional organizations and is a popular keynote speaker at conferences and conventions. 

In addition to his speaking and writing, Eric oversees two companies: Tanzanite Leadership Development and Symmetry HR Outsourcing. Since 2003, these brands have provided leadership training and human resources oversight for more than 300 businesses and nearly 30,000 client employees. These client businesses represent virtually every industry and range from start-ups to major organizations.

He has managed hundreds of employees and interviewed thousands of job candidates in his career. 

Prior to launching his own practice, Eric had a 17-year corporate career with two major businesses, where he worked in sales, marketing, training and senior management.

He was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Arcadia, California. An Eagle Scout, he is a graduate of the University of the Pacific, where he majored in English and communications and was Student Body President at the College of the Pacific. 

His newest book, "Weaknesses," will be published in January, 2021.

Eric lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Yukiji.

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