Leadership Speaker

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA


Mr. James Coleman, Jr.


James Coleman, Jr. believes TSA was the most significant educational experience of his life. A graduate of The Governor’s School for Government and International Studies in Richmond, VA, Mr. Coleman was an active member of TSA from 1992–1999, participating in competitions such as System Control Technology, Promotional Graphics, and Prepared Presentation. After serving as a state officer in Virginia TSA, he became a three-time national TSA Officer, serving as national TSA president in his senior year. In 2003, he earned a BA in government from Harvard University.

Inspired by many advisors, Mr. Coleman taught philosophy to high school students in Cairo, Egypt, helping them develop their critical thinking by asking the right questions—skills that he had first learned as a member of TSA. In 2004, he returned to the United States to work on a leading presidential campaign.

For the next several years, Mr. Coleman honed his operational management skills at McMaster-Carr Supply Company, where he managed key operating departments, including warehouse design and order fulfillment. Throughout these experiences, he relied on the problem-solving skills he developed as a student member of TSA.

In 2012, he was asked to serve as assistant director of the Flashpoint startup accelerator at Georgia Tech. In his five years at Flashpoint, he helped hundreds of founders identify unmet demand—and build technology companies to meet that demand. He saw firsthand the importance of believing in one’s ability to make a difference, something he feels that he gained from being in TSA. Recently, Mr. Coleman left Flashpoint to start a company of his own.

At the 2018 National TSA Conference, Mr. Coleman will share how TSA helped him prepare for his life’s journey. He will advise attendees how to use the TSA experience as a launch pad to achieve their dreams.