Meet your Opening Session presenters.

One of the highlights of Opening Session are our special featured guests! This year, you will get to hear an inspiring presentation from our keynote speaker, Tom Krieglstein, on how to encourage connection and social engagement among students. For the entertainment of the night, crack a couple jokes and laugh along with Chris James, a British comedian who travels the world to bring smiles to all.

Who is presenting?


Tom Krieglstein

Tom started his first business, an online retail store, as a junior in college which he grew to $1.5 million dollars in annual sales. 
Through his second company, Swift Kick, Tom has spoken to over 227,000 students around the US and the world including South Korea, Indonesia and Bermuda. He also co-authored six student affairs books, including his award winning book “First Year Student to First Year Success.”
Tom was named the #1 student leadership speaker 5 years by schools nationwide and has already worked with over 550 colleges in almost every state. Over 227,000 students have already experienced the shift of “Dance Floor Theory” Leadership Training to help them fight apathy on their campus.
And on a personal note, Tom lives in New York City and loves peanut butter. Please welcome, Tom!


Chris James

British comedian Chris James started his career in New York after he landed a modeling contract with the top talent agency, Wilhelmina. Living in NY, he performed improvisation and one-man shows at sold out theaters including the famous New York Comedy Club. Soon thereafter, the comedy bug led him to perform internationally thus shifting to LA after getting signed for comedy management. Chris performed at all the major clubs in California including the world famous Comedy Store on Sunset Strip and The Laugh Factory. In addition to standup, he is known for his ability to portray a diverse range of characters with ease and confidence alongside his witty style of story telling. More recently, he played a guest starring role on VH1 Single Ladies as well as performing clean yet hilarious comedy at many college/corporate shows.