About Eric Swenson

Eric Swenson is the CEO of our two companies - Symmetry HR Outsourcing and Tanzanite Leadership Development.


For more than 25 years, Eric has been 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 second 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.

Since 2003, Eric's two companies 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 company, 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.

Eric is a member of the Jonathan Club (where he was a past Board Member and President) and Rancho La Quinta Country Club.

His newest book, "Weaknesses," will be published in 2022. He and his wife, Yukiji, divide their time between Los Angeles, La Quinta, and post-COVID travels.

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