Jim Lopresti

Jim Lopresti
Entrepreneurship • Management

Office 4109

Jim LoPresti has worked in both corporate and academic worlds, utilizing practice and theory, for over 35 years. In 2005 he founded CohereUs Consulting International, which focuses on leadership and management professional development. He brings proven expertise to his clients in executive coaching, negotiation skills/conflict resolution, leadership through story-telling, resilience and stress management, team building, senior management alignment, introducing and leveraging change, and cultural transformation.

LoPresti has worked with a broad range of audiences, such as “C” suite executive leaders, senior and middle managers, front line workers, and executive MBA and undergraduate students. Some of the industries where he has employed his consulting and facilitation skills include large multinational and medium size corporations, private equity firms, academia, information technology, construction, pharmaceuticals and health care, and government. Some of LoPresti's clients include: Sanofi/Aventis Int’l, SAP, UCAR, Oracle, Colorado Dept. of Higher Education, the Denver Police Department, the National Science Foundation, and Thomson-Reuters.

In 2011, LoPresti collaborated with a small team of professional consultants/executive coaches to develop a year-long leadership program for C suite executives in Denver, Colorado. From that effort, the Men’s Leadership Institute was born. In 2014, LoPresti was contracted to develop a leadership institute for the American University of Rome, where he lived for 1 year.

In the corporate arena, LoPresti has held various diverse leadership roles, including City Manager for People Express Airlines, Senior Services Director for Sun Microsystems, and Distance Learning Manager and Senior Performance Analyst in education and training for Lucent Technologies.

LoPresti is a certified professional coach through the International Coach Federation. He was a major contributor to both the first and second editions of Management: A Focus on Leadership by Annie McKee for Pearson/Prentice Hall. In addition to his consulting practice, LoPresti is also an adjunct lecturer at Colorado State University.


PhD 19th century American Literature, University of Denver

Areas of expertise





Emotional Intelligence

Executive Coaching

19th Century English/American Literature

Publications and presentations


“Leadership Coaching as a Growth Cycle from Transition to Transition,” (with Edward Mwelwa). Pfeifer Desktop Manual of Professional Coaching, March, 2018.

Authored two chapters of “Management: A Focus on Leaders”, McKee, Annie. Pearson/Prentice Hall: 2010.

Wrote instructor’s manual for “Management: A Focus on Leaders”, McKee, Annie. Pearson: 2010.

Co-wrote A Student’s Guide to First-Year English, a grammar and mechanics handbook required for all first-year students at the University of Denver, Burgess Press, 1995

“The Leap of Thoreau’s Style,” WordView-Studies in Literary Epistemology #1 (Spring 1996): 15-30

“Minding Our Own Business,” The Concord Saunterer V3 (Fall 1995): 51-65

“Of Two Minds,” The Concord Saunterer V2 (Fall 1993): 18-30

Papers Presented

Are We the Tin Man’s Children? Published article, T.H.E. Journal, June, 1999

"The Corporate Thoreau." Daniels School of Business, University of Denver, February, 1996

"Technology in the Classroom." Colorado Composition Conference, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO 1997

"Fishing for Complements." Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference, Denver, CO 1997

"The Secret Ministry of the Word." Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference, Albuquerque, N.M. 1996


Marinus Smith Teaching Excellence Award, CU Parents Assoc. 2008 & 2010

Finalist, Frascona Teaching Excellence Award, 2007

Interfraternity Council CU Faculty of the Year, 2007

Honorary Faculty Inductee, Golden Key National Honor Society, 1995

CU LEAD Alliance, Faculty Appreciation, 2005- 2010

National Society of Leadership and Success – honorary faculty member – 2009

National Society of Leadership and Success – faculty adviser

Selected for the Colorado Italian-American Hall of Fame, 2012

Educator of the Year, Italian-American Business Association, Denver, CO, 2011

Professional of the Year, Italian-American Business Association, Denver, CO, 2010

Invited to be Mentor-on-Call for graduate and post-graduate students, University of Colorado, Boulder Career Services, 2003

Awarded, University of Denver Master Educator Award, 1995

Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils: "Favorite Professors of the Greek System," University of Denver, 1993

Awarded full three-year fellowship, University of Denver Doctoral Program


International Coach Federation – 2011 – present

Appointed to the Board of Directors, Colorado Endowment for the Humanities, 1998 – 2002

Appointed Chair, Development/External Affairs Committee, Colorado Endowment for the Humanities, 1999-2001

National Coalition of Independent Scholars, 2008 - present

Modern Language Association, 1989 – present

Co-founder, Rocky Mtn. Italian-American Chamber of Commerce, Denver, CO, 2004

The Thoreau Society, 1972 – present

International Association for Distance Learning, 1998 - present

Association for Talent Development, 1992 – present