About Eric Swenson

Workforce strategist. Author. Speaker. 

Acknowledged as a leading expert on management and leadership, Eric Swenson is the Founder & Creator of Tanzanite Leadership Development.  His work with businesses throughout North America has led to improved performance, stronger employee engagement, and greater customer satisfaction. He has conducted his cutting-edge leadership development programs before thousands of senior executives and managers, as well as first-time supervisors.


Eric has written two books: Managing People in the 21st Century and The 5 A’s of Great Employees, which became a best-seller in 2016.  17 years after publishing his first book,, it was updated and re-released as Managing People: The 2020 Edition in March, 2020.


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

​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. 

Eric is the Founder and Managing Director of RSJ/Swenson. RSJ/Swenson's two brands are Tanzanite Leadership Development and Symmetry HR Outsourcing.


Symmetry provides Virtual HR Manager & Director services for businesses and organizations.

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

Prior to launching RSJ/Swenson, he had a 17-year corporate career covering sales, training, marketing and management.

Eric 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.

He’s currently developing groundbreaking new talent management programs such as “The Destination Employer,” co-authored with renowned ethicist Michael Josephson, and “Understanding

Next Generation’s Global Workforce,” with New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Kushell.

Eric and his wife live in Los Angeles.


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