Tom Krieglstein Profile

  • A nationally renowned speaker, Krieglstein is the co-founder of Swift Kick and has carried out interactive leadership programs at over 650 colleges and corporations across the U.S, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the US Military, and Disney.

  • Krieglstein excels at helping organizations create an environment where their employees or students can be the best versions of themselves.

  • After finding his passion for leadership, Krieglstein went from being a "C" student in high school to college valedictorian, award-winning speaker, and founder of an online business that grossed $1.5 million in annual sales.
  • Nationally-known and award-winning speaker, Tom Krieglstein is the go-to expert for organizations that want to increase their sense of community and productivity. He is the co-founder of Swift Kick, through which he has carried out interactive leadership programs at over 650 colleges and corporations to date, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the US Military, and Disney.

    Krieglstein went from being a “C” high school student to college valedictorian when he found his passion for leadership and business management through his position on the Student Activities Programming Board. He started his first business while still in college, selling old edition textbooks online. By the time he had graduated, his business was garnering $1.5 million in annual sales.

    While at university, Krieglstein was a recipient of an All-USA Academic award which required him to go on a college speaking tour throughout his home state of Illinois. The tour was one of the main inspirations for the foundation of Swift Kick and Krieglstein’s legendary student leadership and engagement programs, Krieglstein has been selected as the #1 student leadership speaker by schools nationwide 5 years and is particularly known for his program “Dance Floor Theory” which has reached over 227,000 students.

    Krieglstein has spoken in nearly every U.S. state as well as at universities and companies in South Korea, Indonesia, and Bermuda. He was a speaker at TEDxUCLA and is the Guinness Book of World Records for most hugs given by one person in one minute.

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      On December 5th, Walt Disney, Little Richard and Tom Krieglstein were born into this world. Tom’s birth took place on a family farm in Lawrence, Michigan where he spent the first nine years of his life. In 1989, the Krieglstein family packed up the farm and moved to Glen Ellyn, IL (outside of Chicago) in hopes of a brighter future with more opportunities.

      In 1999, Tom graduated high school with a stellar “c” grade point average, which led him to getting rejected from almost every bigger named college he applied. In the end, Tom enrolled at the local community college, College of DuPage.

      The boss of Tom’s on-campus student job also happened to be the advisor for the Student Activities Programming Board and forced nudged Tom to join. For the next four years, Tom discovered himself, his passion for life and his future wife through getting involved in his school’s co-curricular activities. It was from Tom’s co-curricular activities that he grew his initial interest in Student Affairs, Student Leadership, and community engagement.

      During Tom’s time at College of DuPage, he was honored as a Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Academic First Team Member, Illinois Centennial Scholar and Outstanding Graduate where he got to deliver the commencement speech.

      In 2001, Tom entered his final two years of college at Aurora University where he graduated top of his class in Business Management and again got to deliver the commencement speech.

      Throughout college, Tom also launched his first business selling old edition textbooks online, which he grew to $1.5 million in annual sales by the time he graduated. The business, however, came to an end as the textbook bookstores realized they could sell the books themselves and slowly cut off Tom’s supply.

      As Tom’s textbook selling business ramped down, he slowly started to ramp up his student leadership speaking career which was initially sparked by two events. The first was hearing a professional speaker, Patrick Combs, give a talk at College of Dupage where, afterwards, Patrick agreed to help Tom launch a speaking career. The second was a speaking tour, through Illinois, that Tom was asked to do as part of his All-USA Academic award. Both events led to Tom finding his skill and passion in public speaking.

      After a few false starts into becoming a full time professional speaker, Tom partnered up with Kevin Prentiss, during their time working at Quantum Learning Network, to launch Swift Kick in 2004 and their branded leadership program, Dance Floor Theory.

      Since 2004, Swift Kick has worked with over 550 schools and trained over 200,000 campus leaders on how to create a culture of engagement where every student feels welcomed, connected and engaged. Their trainings have been named the best student leadership training program five times by APCA and is the only program to ever win the award three years in a row.

      Through Tom’s work in higher ed, he also created The Student Affairs Collective as the ultimate online community of peer-to-peer learning for Student Affairs Professionals.

      Tom also worked on and launched two separate technology startups in the education space called Red Rover and Student Launcher. Red Rover, a NY Techstars company, was intended to replace the people directory on college websites to make it more social. Student Launcher was an online crowd-fundraising platform for students to help them spend less time fundraising for amazing things and more time doing those amazing thing. Both reached nominal levels of success before ramping down.

      Tom continues to be the Founder and a Lead Facilitator of Swift Kick.

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    Leadership speaker Tom Krieglstein is a specialist at helping organizations create an environment where their employees or students can be the best versions of themselves. Krieglstein teaches skills that will shift the entire way you go about your day-to-day interactions with the people around you.
    The five-time-award-winning speaker addresses the unique challenges of creating a meaningful human connection in a hyper-technological age as he imparts a concrete to-do list for increasing employee engagement and fostering a culture of retention.

  • Dance Floor Theory and the Secret of Employee Engagement
  • Who’s Really on Your Team? Stronger Teams With Personality Profiling
  • Present Like A Pro: Master Speaking Skills
  • Creating Company/Team Core Values & Mission Statements
  • The Power of Goal Setting to Breaking Through Barriers
  • Running Effective Meetings
  • Strategic Planning for Your Team
  • How To Manage Your State While Walking on Fire
  • How To Communicate With Crappy People
  • Surviving the Dreaded Corporate Burnout Factor
  • Change Management: But we've always done it that way.

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    “Tom is able to effectively engage a group of students for several hours with them leaving inspired, energized and connected. Staff who attend his program to support the students, find themselves engaged and returning to their work motivated to better connect students. ”

    Jaime Parker-Lewis,

    “Tom is absolutely amazing! He continued the high and positive energy through the duration of the conference, that was a total of SIX hours of non-stop hugging, loving, and smiling! Our students had a blast and cannot stop mentioning how motivated they are to adapt the Dance Floor Theory into their respective clubs and organizations.”

    Gabriella Mata,
    Morton College

    “Tom is on his game. Best talk I have seen in Student Affairs. Well played sir! Amazing energy and can’t wait for it to carry over to the campus. Thank you!”

    Alan Kramer,
    Abraham Baldwin Agri College

    “Tom has a way of drawing the students in and keeping them engaged from beginning to end. The staff were all smiles.”

    Re’Shanda Grace-Bridges,
    University of Dayton

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