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What We Do

Mentored Pathways connects students with business leaders who act as personal mentors, guiding students on their journey through school to a rewarding career. Since 1995, over 47,000 students throughout 11 countries have received support, encouragement and guidance from professionals in 22 countries. We serve students in 6-12 and home school environments, as well as college and university settings.

Mentored Pathways combines the proven practice of mentoring with the speed and ease of electronic communication, enabling busy professionals to make significant contributions to the academic lives of students. Through mentoring by industry professionals, we help students develop the skills and foundation to pursue their interests successfully and operate at their potential.

Our mission is to ensure that students graduate school equipped with three important assets:



The Education to Career Problem

Only industry professionals can provide the knowledge, long-term support,
and connections that students need for career success



A Pathway to Student Success


Students do authentic work in their own area of interest and create a career and academic plan that they own personally


Our program supports students from middle school all the way into employment

School & Geographic

Students can be mentored anytime anywhere in a safe, virtual environment


Industry sets the bar of quality of student work rather than academia

Mentor Match

A high-quality mentor match for every student


3,000 mentors from 30 countries
48,000 students mentored


OUR Team

Meet Our Staff

David Neils

Co-founder and Director

David directed the launch of The International Telementor program in 1995, which became Mentored Pathways through a joint venture with World Mentor in 2016. Previously, David was a software developer for Hewlett-Packard. Through Mentored Pathways, the team made it possible for more than 47,000 youth to receive academic mentoring support from hundreds of industry professionals worldwide, representing a variety of fields. David is a frequent speaker on the value of mentoring, as well as the school-to-work transition and purpose-driven education. Student centered in guiding the program, he continues as the executive director of Mentored Pathways.

Leigh Teece

Co-founder and Co-Director

Ms. Teece is Founder, CEO and Chair of World Mentor, an innovative web-based mentoring program that vastly expands the benefits of traditional mentoring by using proprietary technology in combination with innovative processes and customized content. The program has global reach through affiliations with organizations with 24,000 members in 170 different countries. She is also President of the Teece Family Foundation and Chairman of the Board for Mt. Beautiful Winery, a family owned vineyard in Cheviot Hills, New Zealand. Earlier in her career she was co-founder and senior Vice President of Technology Interlink, a company that matched Japanese companies with American high tech startups - with similar activities directed toward Europe and European marketing and sales. She also served as Vice President of Technology Funding where she was responsible for financial modeling and investment analyses. As a Vice President for Wells Fargo and Company, she managed the bank's loan portfolios in Panama and Colombia, South America for the International Banking Group. Leigh also spent two years as a Research Assistant with the High Scope Educational Research Foundation in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has an MBA from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business with a focus on finance and international business. Her undergraduate degree is from University of Southern California's School of International Relations.

Kurt Friedmann

CEO, Co-founder

Kurt is the Executive Director of WorldMentor, a non-profit organization that merged with the International Telementor Program in 2016 to form Mentored Pathways. Passionate about improving the individual growth of others, Kurt has a 20-year background in mentoring, learning and development, customer feedback management, and enterprise sales. Kurt currently serves as a Small Business Development Center mentor to over a dozen startup companies in California and Colorado.



Our Partner Companies

Mentored Pathways is fortunate to have hundreds of teachers, students,
mentors and others who volunteer their time to improve the program and
share the results with new communities. We salute these contributors
who help continue to refine this program.

Fort Collins
Monsanto Thomson Reuters
Agilent Technologies