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James R. Coltharp

Founder and President, The KeePressingOn Project LLC; FCC Expert & Senior Executive; Visionary, Catalyst & Trusted Advisor; Creative Leader of Teams

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As a highly effective coach and builder/leader of teams, James Coltharp leverages effective assessment tools in combination with his ability to motivate and inspire individuals, teams, and organizations to create greater consistency in attaining peak performance. Coltharp’s longstanding passion to create community impact & involvement is the genesis of the KeePressingOn Project, serving businesses, teams, and executives who seek to generate growth and increased productivity through relationships that build trust, encourage excellence, and create an expectant, positive view of the future.

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Bio

Jim is a federal government-affairs executive and strategist with a strong economics background and 20+ years of experience leading policy strategy development and key victories in policy regulatory proceedings, transactions and acquisitions. His work has significantly contributed to Comcast’s growth during the past 20+ years. A highly-effective coach, builder and leader of teams, Jim has leveraged his ability to motivate and inspire individuals and his passion for community impact and involvement by launching The KeePressingOn Project LLC, a coaching venture for businesses and executives.

Jim joined Comcast in 1997 as a Sr Director, Public Policy, became Chief Policy Advisor, FCC & Regulatory Policy & Executive Director. He represented Comcast before the FCC, Congress, and other federal agencies concerning public policy issues involving cable TV, programming content, and equipment technology, and contributed to earning and building Comcast’s credibility in the eyes of the regulators and the public, especially during key earlier years. Serving as liaison to trade associations, he also represented Comcast in a wide range of industry matters and initiatives. Jim helped enhance Comcast’s reputation in the industry through leading various teams working on engineering policy issues that had a significant consumer and viewer impact, and helped guide impactful community outreach programs. To name just a few of his accomplishments: Jim helped accelerate profits and establish Comcast as the country's largest cable operator through early policy strategy development; led his team to an exceptional run of key victories on major issues before the FCC over a 9-year period; and mitigated potential risk of regulatory rulemakings and legislative hearings.

His expertise in FCC-related matters was founded at Miami University, Oxford, OH, where he was a Visiting Instructor (1987 – 1990) teaching courses on government and business (and the recipient of numerous awards), and was further strengthened following his appointment as an FCC Industry Economist, Broadcasting/Cable (1990 – 1993), leading a team of attorneys in implementing key provisions of the 1992 Cable Act, and later as Chief Economist on wireless matters. Jim received special commendations from Commissioners James H. Quello and Andrew Barrett for his work, and was the principal author of 5 Commission broadcasting/cable rulemakings. In the following years (1993 – 1997), he continued to serve as Special Counsel to the two Commissioners, developing policy positions, representing them on policy matters and rulemakings regarding telephone, cable television, and other telecom issues.

Jim’s commitment to seek positive changes to help others enabled the success of well-received community/ customer initiatives. He helped develop and execute Comcast’s outreach and raised government and family awareness regarding use of parental control capability; and led a regulatory team regarding the Company’s work in developing media and Internet tools to enhance accessibility for sight- and hearing-impaired communities. Jim also helped develop corporate initiatives to create digital technology opportunities, community and school partnerships, and enhanced Comcast’s employees’ community engagement.

Jim founded the Bright Lights Tutoring in 1993 for 4 – 6th grade students in Washington, DC, where he created/funded a special reading library, recruited/coached volunteer tutors and provided yearly community events. Recently, he established his own LLC (The KeePressingOn Project) for executive coaching and community involvement—he will receive his International Coaching Federation Associate Coach certification in January 2020.

He has a BA and MA in Economics from Miami University, is a member of industry and community organizations, and teamed with his partner for numerous major titles at national Dancesport pro-am competitions from 2007 to 2019, including Top Gold Gentleman for the DanceVision Circuit, 2018 – 2019 season.

Speech Topics

We all want to win. But are you prepared to win? Gain a clear view of how to develop a Champion’s Mindset: deal with a fear of failure by knowing what to tune out, get better and become more effective, identify the habits that can slow you down and those that can help you focus more clearly while everything in the game is swirling. You can’t lose if you learn how to balance your business mind and heart!


We know that the world is changing, and change is accelerating.  We like to think of the benefits of technology and change, but how does the pace of change affect my perspective and behavior as a leader? How does a change-driven outlook affect our organization, and what is the effect of continually working and living beyond our limits?


Learn practical ways to adjust to the present, prepare for the future, and set a sustainable pace that allows both you and your business to last. What habits and processes can we build over time to affect positively our mindset and lead others more effectively — and also enjoy our lives?


When the bottom falls out, that same day we can get up one more time and begin a great comeback. We can prepare differently and use available resources in a new way. In spite of the new challenge we face, we can be ready and become even stronger as the door opens to a new season. Jim shares a personal story of cultivating a positive vision when encountering trying times.


The group will consider: How do I start on the road to a great comeback? How can I keep a bump from becoming the end of the road? What new habits can I build to help on the comeback journey? How can I maintain a positive vision on dark days?


Strong teams build upon the natural abilities of each member in a way that enhances their peak performance and unleashes energy that builds momentum.


Effective leaders build a vision to develop these team dynamics and work with each member to promote self-awareness, satisfaction, and performance.


However, these kinds of leaders and teams are very rare. How can you create this reality in your own team or organization?


Learn practical approaches to promote strategic leadership development.



  • How do I identify and measure the natural abilities of individual members?

  • What will help strengthen and align team members to become more effective together?

  • How can we better understand the complexity and richness of the way individuals experience emotional energy?

  • What will help strengthen and align your team to build on their natural abilities and overcome strategic challenges

  • What steps teams can take toward peak performance, even if they are already performing well


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