“My name is Robert Ower. I am a sophomore at Colorado State University studying United States History and Geographic Information Systems. During my spring semester of 2016 I had the pleasure of listening to David Neils give a presentation on becoming "Informed, Connected, and Engaged" during a lectures for my Journalism and Technical Communications course. This lecture challenged my perception of how I should spend my time both in college and after graduation, and how I should approach not only my academics but also any career field that I choose to pursue after college. It also challenged me to take a good look at who I am as a person and what I can do as an individual with just a little bit of passion.
Informed, Connected, Engaged,
Colorado State University Student
“When I received the call from David, asking whether I was available to mentor a student for the 2015-2016 Pace II Capstone Project, I thought two things: "Yes, of course!" and "Wait, what is a 'captstone?'" After some intensive web research (thank you, Google), I read that a capstone project is similar to a college thesis in that it is an opportunity to apply learning to a focused project initiated by the student. What better way to demonstrate your research and critical thinking skills than on a project of your own choosing? I was excited to contribute to my mentee's project experience.
Patricia is a mentor from Thomson Reuters
“It is really astonishing how the Lord works in such mysterious and punctual ways. Taking a break from my studies at the University of California, Irvine, I decided to visit my sister and catch a flight to Washington, D.C. Our visit was short yet timeless, as we spent three days catching up on our career progress, while laughing and reliving the old times. Though my trip was short, the experience was inundated with the Lord's blessings, as I departed onto my return flight home at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Aboard my flight back to Los Angeles, California, I was seated next to a stranger, who soon after become a friend, or to me, a blessing. His name was David Neils, the Founder and Director of the International Telementor Program, an electronic academic-based mentoring company that pairs a wide range of industry professionals with students to encourage and enhance the students' skills, in pursuant of successful career goals and aspirations.
USC Irvine Student
Hello Past, Current, and Hopefully Future Telementors,
I wanted to take a few minutes to welcome you back to the telementor program. I am so excited to be teaching Entrepreneurship again this year, my 27th year! The class has grown tremendously and I have you, the mentors, to thank for that. Your involvement in mentoring these students has encouraged students to enroll and to build and grow possible businesses. The project will remain the same this year unless a student already has an existing business and we will adapt the guidelines to a project titled "Entrepreneurship Growing Your Business". The format is the same such a variation in the writing and research. We hope to get started the 2nd week of September with Student Applications.
I am very excited for the students to become engaged and involved in this year's Entrepreneurship project. I hope you will consider returning as a mentor and making a difference in a student's life. You have no idea the impact you have on these young adults. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or reservations.Thanks again.
Why I mentor?
“ I didn't have the opportunities students have today and I am excited to share what I've learned in my job, through my experiences and the contacts I've made through networking. I never know when I'll make a connection that creates collaboration and makes an impact on the health and well-being of our community. I see my role as a mentor to help the students find the pieces of their puzzle to lead them down a path to discovering what they're going to be and how they can contribute to a better society. Working at UCHealth has helped me discover how I can expand my reach to keep our community safe and healthy. "
Injury Prevention Coordinator/Safe Kids Larimer County Coordinator
“I love how much I learn as a mentor. Each new relationship gives me new insights and I value that deeply. I am truly grateful to all of the mentors and mentees who have helped me throughout my life, from my parents, to my work colleagues, to the wonderful partnerships formed through ITP. If you are on the fence about whether to sign on as a mentor with the program, I can certainly say that you will be rewarded many times for the efforts you make with students."
Thomson Reuters alumni
pictured with her favorite mentee, her son
“With Turkish family roots, I grew up in Germany. When I was 18 our family moved to Istanbul and I need to start from scratch regarding my education, repeating a grade level in Turkey as it was not recognized. I struggled and it was a complete culture shock to be there. I ended up at Reuters as a sales secretary and continued to embark on my career. Being passionately curious, I leaned into administration and landed a supervisory position, Business Admin Manager, traveled a lot and participated in global projects. I'm now the Vice President for the Organization of Women for International Trade and also lead the Business resource group of Thomson Reuters.
I love to share my experience with the next generation and provide guidance, encouragement and support. It is rewarding to see how a student becomes more comfortable in expressing themselves over the course of a project. The more we help the next generation, fully leveraging our experience, the more we can be hopeful about the future. "
Hulya Kurt, Geneva, Switzerland
Vice President for the Organization of Women for International Trade
“I have always been proud to work at Merck, but now I stand even taller thanks to Merck’s corporate sponsorship of the International Telementoring Program. From my first interaction with the program, I knew that I stumbled into something wonderful. Each student that I have mentored has enriched my life and made me a better person. The end of each assignment is always bittersweet--I am amazed at the progress the students have made but a little sad that we have to say good-bye as they become a piece of my heart during the process. If you are not sure about signing up, I have three words for you...JUST DO IT!”
Maryellen Tucci Walter
Regulatory/CMO Platform Services Lead
Merck & Co., Inc.