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The Mentor Hall of Fame

Virtually anyone can benefit from having a mentor. From ancient history to modern times, political, civic and spiritual leaders around the world have acted as mentors and have had mentors.

The following list of mentor pairs was compiled by Rey Carr from a variety of sources including autobiographies, biographies, newspaper articles, personal interviews, and diligent historical research.

If you know of mentor pairs that ought to be added, we have provided an opportunity for you to submit the names and details: Add a Mentor Pair.

  • North Carolina-born evangelist and one of the most influential preachers of the 20th century Billy Graham (1918-2018) is considered a mentor by San Jose, California-born American pastor Rick Warren, 43rd President of the United States George W. Bush, Texas-born evangelical pastor Joel Osteen, Alabama-born American writer Thom Rainer and others. Billy Graham's own mentors include pastor Torrey Johnson; revivalist and preacher Mordecai Ham (1877-1961); and Bob Jones (18831968), according to the book by Jack Hanson, Igniting the Fire: The Movements and Mentors Who Shaped Billy Graham.

  • Former governor of Alabama and lawyer Chauncey Sparks (1884-1968) was a mentor to Alabama-born governor of Alabama, three-time presidential candidate and segregationist George Wallace (1919-1998).

  • Vancouver, British Columbia-born social worker, 26th Premier of British Columbia and Member of the Canadian Parliament Dave Barrett (1930-2018) is a mentor to Vancouver, British Columbia-born Canadian politician and former political party leader Adrian Dix.

  • Virginia-born American statesman and soldier George Washington (1732-1799), the first president of the United States, was a mentor to Saint Kitts and Nevis (formerly the British Leeward Islands)-born American statesman, US founding father, excellent dancer and first US Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804).

  • Canadian public servant, lawyer and former chief of staff to Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Stanley Hartt (1937-2017) is a mentor to Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu, who said of his mentor during his time articling at his mentor's law firm, "Mr. Hartt encouraged us to think on our feet, in front of the most difficult situations. Typically, you are expected to deliver your work of excellence, and your bonus would be the hope of getting a more interesting and complicated assignment afterward." As a mentor, Mr. Hartt taught Mr. Rovinescu "such life lessons as 'Embrace curiosity. Think big. Think on your feet. Don't be afraid of crazy ideas; the crazier the better. Throw stuff against the wall and see what sticks."

  • Manitoba-born physics teacher and political activist Pat Chefurka (1924-2018) was described as a "mentor to many over the course of her life."

  • Former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark is a mentor to Jacinda Ardern, who became New Zealand's Prime Minster in October 2017.

  • Johnson City, Tennessee-born business consulting firm founder William Bain, Jr. (1937-2018) is a mentor to poitician and public servant Mitt Romney. Mr. Romney said of his mentor, It's hard for me to imagine my life and career without Bill Bain's mentoring. He hired me, taught me, and gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. His vision and confidence made Bain Capital possible."

  • Leading architect of the first major march on Washington against the American War in Vietnam and influential union organizer Washington, DC-born Paul Robert Booth (1943-2018) was described by Harold Meyerson as a mentor to scores�perhaps hundreds�of union leaders and organizers, movement activists and elected officials.

  • Award-winning U.S. State Senator of North Carolina, former police officer, and former elected member of a school board Val Foushee is a mentor to North Carolina House of Representatives member, former social worker and coordinator of the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate program Graig Meyer.

  • Taiwan's first democratic president Lee Teng-hui is a mentor to Taiwan's current (2018) president Tsai Ing-wen.

  • Crossroads and YES-TV founder Reverend David Mainse (1936-2017), the host of Canada's longest running, daytime talk show, was a mentor to Canadian columnist and CEO of Crossroad Christian Communications Lorna Dueck.

  • Berlin, Germany-born theologian, sociologist of religion, author, university professor and member of the Order of Canada Gregory Baum (1923-2017), who escaped from Germany to England and on to Canada where he was interned for two years in a detention camp with other German emigres, is a mentor to University of Toronto professor Stephen Scharper; and social activist Michael Cooke.

  • San Francisco-born economist, author, university professor and anti-American War In Vietnam advocate Douglas Dowd (1919-2017) mentored academicians and dissidents including Chicago-born author and military analyst Daniel Ellsberg, the author of the Pentagon Papers, a top secret study of U.S. decision-making. Professor Dowd was also nonminated for the Vice-Presidential spot of the Peace and Freedom Party 1968 along with Arkansas-born writer and political activist Eldridge Cleaver (1935-1998) who was nominated as the Presidential candidate.

  • New York-born American philosopher and psychologist William James (1842-1910) was a mentor to Madrid-born, American intellectual, philosopher, writer and Harvard University professor George Santayana (1863-1952). Mr. Santayana was known to frequently argue with his fellow faculty members as well as his mentor at Harvard. Prior to his departure from the university, his mentor described him as "The perfection of rottenness."

  • North Carolina-born lawyer, military veteran, United States Senator, chairman of the Senate Select Committee investigating the Watergate scandal, and the man considered responsible for getting rid of Richard Nixon style politics, Sam Ervin, Jr. (1896-1985) is a mentor to Claude Sitton, executive director of the History Museum of Burke County which houses the Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr. exhibit and details about the Watergate investigation. Mr. Sitton said, "...he was a mentor of mine and a hero of mine" because "he presented me to the United States Supreme Court, and it was one of the greatest honors I've ever had."

  • Former Atlantic City Mayor, teacher and New Jersey state Senator Jim Whelan (1948-2017) was a mentor to New Jersey state Senator Colin Bell.

  • New Orleans-born former political spokesperson, political strategist, campaign manager, analyst and author Donna Brazile considers David Kaufmann her mentor.

  • American politician, diplomat and activist Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was a mentor to Baltimore, Maryland-born lawyer, author and civil rights activist Pauli Murray (1910-1985).

  • Illinois-born Nobel Prize university economist and top advisor to the Kennedy administration James Tobin (1918-2002), known as the leading macroeconomist of the 21st century, is a mentor to Brooklyn-born U.S. Federal Reserve chairwoman, university professor and economist Janet Yellen.

  • Siberia-born former mayor of St. Petersburg, democratic reformer, law professor and legal scholar Anatoly A. Sobchak (1937-2002) is a mentor to Leningrad-born 2nd and 4th President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

  • Prussian-born philosopher Ernst Cassirer (1874-1945) and U.K.-born British university professor, mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) were both mentors to American philosopher, author and educator and the first woman to achieve an academic career in philosophy and the first woman to be popularily recognized as a philosopher Susanne Langer (1895-1985) who said, "Most new discoveries are suddenly-seen things that were always there."

  • French politician and former French Pirme Minister Michel Rocard (1930-2016) is a mentor to French politician and President of France Emmanuel Macron.

  • Montreal-born Canadian journalist, federalist, barrier smasher and first female chancellor of McGill University Gretta Chambers (1927-2017) was a mentor to newspaper publisher, Canadian principal and vice-chancellor of Bishop's University Michael Goldbloom and others.

  • Cape Breton Island-born Canadian politician and hero who was responsible for bringing to life Canada's medicare legislation and policy Allan MacEachen (1921-2017), an Officer of the Order of Canada, was a mentor to many others with political aspirations, including New Brunswick-born business executive, 27th Premier of New Brunswick, member of the Order of Canada and former Canadian Ambassador to the United States Frank McKenna. Mr. McKenna said of his mentor, "Each political pupil (of Mr. MacEachen) was taught to believe in the value of government and the possibilities of creating a 'public good' in the longer term. It was a mind-blowing experience for me watching a modest man from a challenged region...become one of the country's leading voices. It was an inspiration to what is possible."

  • Pioneering American feminist and civil rights activist. Roxcy Bolton (1926-2017), founded America's first rape treatment center and persauded national weather forecaster to stop name tropical storms after women only, was a mentor to Founder of The Woman's Table and Adopt a Bear Michele Gillen.

  • Prominent activist for 70 years, chocolate cookie lover and Chinese American scholar Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015) was a mentor to writer and healer Adrienne Maree Brown; and was described as a mentor and inspiration to many at Allied Media Projects.

  • Environmental activist, superb researcher and leader Gwen Barlee (1963-2017) was described as "touching hundreds of lives as a mentor, ally, activist, leader and friend" by the Canadian magazine, Common Ground.

  • Former British Columbia civil servant, environmentalist and past director of the Nature Trust of British Columbia Jim Walker (1942-2017) was described by a co-worker, Nancy Wilkin, as a "great mentor, leader and the best friend anyone could ever have."

  • American motivaltional speaker and author Louise Hay is a mentor to NY Times bestselling author and creator of The Tapping Solution Nick Ortner.

  • Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff to 44th U.S. President Barack Obama, Alyssa Mastromonaco cites Philip Fiermonte, who hired her to work as an intern for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, as a mentor; and calls Connecticut-born political consultant Pete Rouse her "spiritual guide and mentor" in her witty and informative book, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House.

  • California-born motivational speaker, founder of Hay House publishing, and author of several books, including the groundbreaking bestseller You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay (1926-2017) is a mentor to many including self care advocate and professional coach Cheryl Richardson; transformational business coach and speaker Sharon Wilson; author and educator Jean Keegan Daly; bestselling author and pioneering medical doctor in women's health Christiane Northrup; bestselling author, producer and executive Nick Ortner; American minister and author Michael Beckwith; and American relationship consultant, author and spiritual teacher Barbara De Angelis.

    "Louise's legacy isn't just in her work, I'm doing what I'm doing today because of her and I'm very grateful for that."

  • Former basketball coach at Reynolds Secondary school in Victoria, British Columbia, Jack Lusk is a mentor to Victoria, British Columbia-born politician and 36th Premier of British Columbia John Horgan. This mentoring relationship typifies the kind of mentoring that was not deliberate and went unnoticed for years by both parties. Upon becoming Premier of the Province of British Columbia, Mr. Horgan told a reporter that his early life could have gone sideways if it hadn't been for his school basketball coach. Mr. Horgan said that his coach saw something in him that Mr. Horgan was unable to recognize at the time and told him, "You can do way better than you're doing here." Mr. Horgan had been hanging out with the wrong crowd and was heading down the wrong road. Mr. Lusk said in an interview that "it was never a conscious effort on his part to steer Horgan out of trouble. He was unaware of Horgan's personal circumstances. He's been very expressive of the thanks he has for whatever I did for him. Obviously, he could have forgotten about me and moved on, but he never has."

  • Canadian mandala artist, educator, and social service advocate Madeleine Shields (1933-2005) was a mentor to many including Paul Harris.

  • Canadian labour leader and social justice activist John Shields (1938-2017) was a mentor to many including social activist Donna Morton, who said of her mentor, "John was my spiritual Father - it is that simple. We could literally talk about anything (and did). Sometimes, when he asked me about unhealthy patterns in my romantic life, he would pull a 'Dr. Phil' and ask in that knowing way, "How' that working for you?" I asked him why he mentored me and others right up until the end. He said it was all about potential. When he saw people with potential struggling, he could not let go. Human potential gave him a sense of life and enthusiasm that was irresistible. How could he not do this for the countless people over the course of his life? John taught me to crave the potential in others, and to give until it is realized � sometimes for their sake, sometimes for mine, but most often for others and for our planet."

  • Former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice (1956-2016) is a mentor to Alberta politician Manmeet Bhullar.

  • Hillary Clinton is mentor to many, including US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

  • Former Attorney General of the USA, Janet Reno (1938-2016) is a mentor to Florida state attorney Katherine Fern�ndez Rundle, and was mentored by Florida attorney and law professor Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte and John Orr, a former state lawmaker. Her mentor told her something that became her life-long mantra" "Don't equivocate, don't pussyfoot, don't talk out of both sides of your mouth and you'll wake up the next morning feeling good about yourself."

  • Philosopher, writer and speaker Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) is a mentor to American author, physician, speaker and alternative medicine advocate Deepak Chopra.

  • E. Barrett Prettyman Jr (1925-2016), a prominent Washington lawyer and helped provide background for the U.S. Supreme Court unanimous school desegregation decision is a mentor to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts.

  • British Columbia politician Christy Clark considered B.C.'s first Muslim elected to the provincial legislature John Nuraney (1937-2016) her mentor.

  • Cuban politician Eduardo René Chibás Ribas (1907-1951) and Father Amando Llorente (1918-2010) were mentors to Fidel Castro Ruz (1926-2016) who was a mentor to Venezuelan politician Hugo Chávez and Cuban athlete Ivan Garcia.

  • Former astronaut and U.S. senator John Glenn (1921-2016) was a mentor to NASA administrator Charles Bolden. John Glenn said, "I think a mentor gets a lot of satisfaction in a couple of ways. They're doing something constructive, so they feel good about that. And when they see the result of this, with the young people they're working with, it's very, very rewarding."

  • Jewish teacher Shoshani/Chouchani (1895-1968) was a mentor to Holocaust survivor, Nobel laureate, author and activist Elie Weisel (1928-2016) who is a mentor to Menachem Rosensaft, author, teacher, and lawyer.

  • Dutch-born early music specialist Gustav Leonhardt (1928-2012) is a mentor to harpsichordist Richard Egarr.

  • Educator Dr. Helena Radlinska (1879-1954) was a mentor to Irena Sendler (1910-2008), saviour of 2500+ children & infants during WWII.

  • Canadian nurse educator, heatlh care leader, nursing administrator and founder of the Ontario Provicial Nurse Administrators' Interest Group, Dorothy Wylie (1929-2016) was a mentor to many in nursing, including Susan Smith and Gail Donner, former dean of the University of Toronto Faculty of Nursing.

  • Canadian hero, pharmacologist and physician Frances Oldham Kelsey (1914-2015) prevented thalidomide from being marketed in the USA and was named a Virtual Mentor for the American Medical Association.

  • Canadian social activist, scholar, professor and Holocaust survivor, Dr. Ursula Franklin (1921-2016) was a mentor to many including Dr. James Orbinski, former president of Medecins San Frontieres, and Mary Eberts, co-founder of LEAF who said about her mentor, "...She led us into a place where she trusted that we would also be able to consider things from a deeply moral standpoint. For me, it pushed me to try to think more as she would, rather than just in terms of accomplishing certain reachable objectives. It stretched me very much to have her as a mentor. And it stretched me in directions that I have perhaps been inclined to go but never really gone."

  • Scholar & storyteller C. Vann Woodward (1908-1999) was a mentor to author & activist James Green (1944-2016).

  • Canadian businessman and previous Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees, Billy Diamond (1949-2010), was a mentor to Canadian politician, activist and Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come (1956), member of the Cree Nation.

  • Father Daniel Berrigan (1921-2016), an anti-war, anti-poverty, and anti-racism Jesuit priest-activist, writer and poet was mentor to 1000's of youth and was mentored by Dorothy Day (1897-1980), an American journalist and founder of the Catholic Worker Movement.

  • Canadian-Hungarian economist Karl Polanyi (1886-1964) was a mentor to Canadian philosopher, nationalist, and economist Abe Rotstein (1929-2015).

  • Canada's Ruth Bell (1919-2016), women's rights advocate, was honoured for mentoring by Carleton University. One of the people she mentored said of her, "She believed that creating dialogue requires us to suspend our own opinions when we are listening to others, and we have to persuade men and women to look beyond a person's physical appearance to discover his or her essence."

  • Lee Huan, former premier of the Republic of China on Taiwan, was mentored by President Ching-kuo, son of Chiang Kai-shek. Lee was educated in Shanghai where he studied law and then studied at Columbia University in New York. He returned to Taiwan when the nationalists were defeated in 1949 by the communists and he served as head of the China Youth Corps and Chair of the National Youth Commission. Lee was a rare and criticized political presence who advocated for democracy and freedom of the press. But over the next 20 years, his aims would be achieved.

  • U.S. House of Representatives Speaker, Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. (1912-1994) was a mentor to Geraldine Ferraro (1935-2011), the first woman to be nominated for Vice-President of the U.S.A.

  • Canadian lawyer and human rights activist, Alan Borovoy (1932-2015) was a mentor to many including Karen Mock, Bernie Farber, and Danielle McLaughlin.

  • Canadian super lawyer Edward Greenspan (1944-2104) was a mentor to lawyer Marie Henein.

  • Senator Edward Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts is a mentor to Supreme Court Justice, Stephen G. Breyer.

  • U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah considered Ohio Congressman Louis B. Stokes (1925-2015), a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) as a mentor.

  • Claude Ryan (1925-2004), former Quebec Liberal Leader, is a mentor to Thomas Mulcair, the leader of the New Democratic Party in Canada. He said his mentor taught him that "When you come into a room to discuss a file, it's always good to know more about it than anybody else in the room."

  • Charles Pasqua (1927-2015), former French interior minister, was a mentor to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

  • The late Speaker of the Canadian Senate Pierre Claude Nolin (1950-2015) is a mentor to David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

  • The late US Senator and long-time actor, Fred Thompson (1942-2015), was mentored by US Senator Howard Baker (1925-2014).

  • Nicola Sturgeon, leader of Scottish National Party, is mentored by Alex Salmond, the former party leader.

  • Marco Rubio, Republican Senator from Florida was mentored by former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

  • Arkansas Congressman J.P. Hammerschmidt (1922-2015) is mentor to Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge & Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

  • Longest serving woman in Congress, Democratic Senator Barb Mikulski of Maryland, is a mentor to many others in Congress, including Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine.

  • Former I.M.F. chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a mentor to Pierre Moscovici, 2015 economic policy commissioner for the European Union.

  • Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, a former SAS major is a mentor to Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.

  • Republican John Sherman Cooper is a mentor to Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell
  • Former NYC Mayor David N. Dinkins and NYC lobbyist Harold Ickes are mentors to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

  • Richard J. Daley (1902-1976), former mayor of Chicago, was a mentor to Jane M. Byrne (1933-2014), former mayor of Chicago.

  • Henry Cisneros, former Clinton cabinet member, is a mentor to Mayor Juli�n Castro of San Antonio.

  • Tom Cole, member from Oklahoma of the US House of Representatives is a mentor to T.W. Shannon, a member of the Chickasaw Nation and US senate nominee in Oklahoma.

  • Rev. Andrew Wylie (1789-1851), theologian and President of Washington & Jefferson College and later president of Indiana University, was a mentor to William McGuffey (1800-1873), creator of the most widely used books to help children learn to read. McGuffey, in turn, was a mentor to business leaders such as H.J. Heniz, Henry Ford, and George Westinghouse, according to Quentin Skrabec, author of William McGuffey: Mentor to American Industry (

  • Pope Benedict XVI (Bio) considers Pope John Paul (1920-2005, Bio) his mentor.

  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie describes former N.J. Governor Thomas H. Kean as his mentor

  • American diplomat and Ambassador to Germany and the United Nations Richard C. Holbrooke (1941-2010) is a mentor to diplomat, lawyer Ronan Farrow.

  • Thailand's supreme Buddhist patriarch Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Somdet Phra Sangharaja (1913-2013) was mentor to Thai King, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej.

  • Ho Ch� Minh (1890-1969), President of Vietnam, was a mentor to V� Nguy�n Gi�p, General of the Vietnam People's Army (1911-2013).

  • Admiral Hyman G. Rickover (1900-1986), the founding father of the nuclear Navy, was a mentor to Admiral Eugene Wilkinson (1919-2013), commander of the Nautilus - the first submarine to harness nuclear power for propulsion rather than weaponry.

  • Diana DeGette, Democrat of Colorado, considers longest-standing member of Congress, John D. Dingell, Jr. a Michigan Democrat as her mentor

  • Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is a mentor to William Cowan, U.S. senator.

  • Dr. Mortimer J. Adler (1902-2001, philosopher, author and educator) is a mentor to Arne Duncan (former CEO Chicago Public Schools and currently U.S. Secretary of Education in the Obama administration)

  • Historian Stephen Ambrose is a mentor to historian Douglas Brinkley

  • Jack Layton (1950-2011), leader of the New Democratic Party in Canada mentor to Randall Garrison, New Democratic Party Member of Parliament from British Columbia and thousands of other Canadians.

  • Alberta Premier Alison Redford (A HREF=""Bio) called the late Peter Lougheed (1928-2012, Bio), former Alberta premier, her mentor.

  • Former Canadian teacher Kay Stanley is a mentor to Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, John "Rusty" Baird.

  • Alfred E. Smith, Governor of New York (1873-1944), was a mentor to Belle Moskowitz (1877-1933), who organized the women's vote for Smith (New York women won the vote in 1917.

  • Chief Dan George mentor to Gordon Tootoosis (1941-2011)

  • Dag Hammarskjold, the United Nations secretary-general who died in a mysterious plane crash in 1961, is a mentor (and uncle) to Knut Hammarskjold (1922-2011), the former executive director of the International Air Transport Association.

  • Angela Corey (Florida attorney) mentor to Pam Bondi (Florida State Attorney General)

  • The late Jack Kemp and University of Miami macroeconomics professor William Hart are considered mentors by U.S. Congressman and 2012 candidate for U.S. vice-president Paul Ryan.

  • Brazil's outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is a mentor to newly elected President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff
  • Andree de Jongh (Belgian resistance heroine who assisted more than 700 downed airman to escape Nazi-occupied territory during WWII) was mentored by Edith Cavell (executed by the Germans after assisting hundreds of allied soldiers from the Allied forces escape from occupied Belgium during WWI).
  • William Ravenel (high school teacher) mentor to John McCain (US senator and presidential candidate) - Details and photos (Requires membership in the Peer Resources Network)

  • Michelle Robinson (lawyer) is a mentor to Barack Obama (US President) - Details and photos (Requires membership in the Peer Resources Network)

  • Charles J. Ogletree (Harvard Law Professor) and Marty Kaufman (community organizer) are mentors to Barack Obama (U.S. President)

  • Jerry Kellman, Chicago-based community organizer, is a mentor to U.S. President Barack Obama (Source: Illinois Issues article by Phil Davidson)

  • Mitt Romney is a mentor to Scott Brown (Republican Senator from Massachusetts, Biography)

  • Former Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher (1925-2011, Bio) is a mentor to Tom Donilon, President Obama's National Security Adviser.

  • The Mentor Police Department does free child safety seat inspections by appointment.

  • Jean Marchand (Quebec labour leader) mentor to Pierre Elliott Trudeau (former Prime Minister of Canada)
  • Mitchell Sharp mentor to Jean Chretien (former Prime Minister of Canada)
  • John Chretien (Prime Minister of Canada) mentor to Brian Tobin (former Premier of Newfoundland), John Nunziata and Ernie Eves (Premier of Ontario)
  • Robert Stanfield (Conservative politician) mentor to Joe Clark (former Prime Minister of Canada)
  • Maurice Strong (former CEO, Power Corp) mentor to Paul Martin (Prime Minister of Canada)
  • Lester Bowles Pearson (fromer Liberal Prime Minister of Canada) mentor to John Napier Turner (former Liberal Prime Minister of Canada)
  • Alvin Hamilton ("Canada's best ever minister of argriculture) mentor to Brian Mulroney (former Prime Minister of Canada)
  • Brian Mulroney (former Prime Minister of Canada) mentor to Kim Campbell (first woman Prime Minister of Canada) and Lucien Bouchard (former premier of Quebec)
  • Lucien Bouchard mentor to Francois Legault
  • Jacques Parizeau mentor to Bernard Landry and Daniel Paill�
  • Norah Willis Michener (wife of former Governor General of Canada) mentor to Margaret Trudeau
  • Mike Harcourt (former Premier of British Columbia) mentor to Moe Sihota (British Columbia politician)
  • Wilf Spooner (former Ontario cabinet minister) mentor to Alan Pope (former Ontario cabinet minister)
  • John Munro (former Canadian cabinet minister) mentor to Sheila Copps (Canada's Minister of Heritage)
  • Jean Lesage (former Premier of Quebec) mentor to Robert Bourassa (Quebec politician)
  • The T-34B Mentor is a training plane used to help pilots make the transition to jet aircraft
  • The State of Georgia has a Mentor/Protege program that pairs smaller, less experienced contractors with larger ones
  • Alfred D. DeCelles (journalist) mentor to Sir Joseph Adolphe Chapteau (former premier of Quebec)
  • Rev. Georges-Henri Levesque (architect of Quebec's Quiet Revolution) mentor to Jean Lesage (former Quebec premier) and Rene Levesque (former Quebec premier)
  • Sir Edward Peacock (banker) mentor to Michael Wilson (former Finance Minister of Canada)
  • Mentor of Rhodes was a Greek mercenary leader in Persian service, and served under king Artaxerxes III Ochus Details
  • Paul Martin (Finance Minister of Canada) mentored by his father, Paul Martin Sr.
  • Allan Blakeney (former premier of Saskatchewan) and Tommy Douglas (Canadian politician) mentors to Roy Romanow (former premier of Saskatchewan)
  • Roy Romanow (former premier of Saskatchewan) mentor to Gary Doer (premier of Manitoba)
  • Roy Parkhill mentor to Gary Filmon (premier of Manitoba)
  • Gildas Mologat (former Speaker, Canadian Senate) mentor to Ron Duhamel (MLA, Manitoba)
  • Bill Aberhart (former premier of Alberta) mentor to Ernest Manning (father of Preston Manning)
  • Angus MacLean (former premier of PEI) mentor to Pat Binns (premier of PEI)
  • Art Smith was a mentor to Ralph Klein, former Alberta premier
  • Mike Harris (premier of Ontario) mentor to Jim Flaherty (Ontario Cabinet minister)
  • Ralph Klein (1943-2013), former premier of Alberta, is a mentor to Stockwell Day (leader of Canadian Alliance party) and former Ontario premier Mike Harris
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau' is considered a "mentor to the world", because of his views of Canada's accomplishments in democratic federalism and ethnic pluralism.

  • Manitoba-born politician, professor, farmer, author, 28th Mayor of Calgary, Alberta and 9th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Grant MacEwan (1902-2000) is a mentor to Wayne Stewart,visionary, change agent, community builder and a former candidate for mayor of Calgary. In addiiton to those Dr. MacEwan mentored, his legacy includes many places, institutions, and organizations that have been named after him.

  • Ontario-born, former fighter pilot and engineer Chris Hadfield, a retired Canadian astronaut and the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space and command the International Space Station, member of the Order of Canada and musician is a mentor to many others, including Jeremy Hansen. In 1995, before the Hadfield "became commander of the space station, Hansen saw Hadfield as everything he wanted to be: a fighter pilot and an astronaut. So Hansen asked Hadfield for his email address � and he gave it on the spot. 'That meant a lot to me,' Hansen recalled. He later emailed the astronaut to ask him what he should major in during university and got a note back urging Hansen to follow what he's passionate about. 'I assumed he was very busy, so I didn't follow up until I had something real important to ask him. But having that line of communication was something special.' Hansen went on to become a fighter pilot, and in 2009 the Canadian Space Agency accepted him as an astronaut. Throughout his training, his mentor along the way was Chris Hadfield." (BBC, 2014).

  • The Yulanda M. Faris Choreographers Program is an iniitiative designed to support and mentor choreographers who are ready to accelaerate their carees. The program is named for award-winning Jamaican-born Canadian Yulanda Faris (1937-2015) who became involved in the arts as a philanthropist, volunteer and champion.

  • American philosopher and self-help author Wayne Dyer (1940-2015) is a mentor to NY Times bestselling author and creator of The Tapping Solution Nick Ortner; American inspirational author Alan Cohen; and Chairman of the publishing firm Nightingale-Conant, Vic Conant, who said Wayne Dyer "had a profound effect on my thinking and my life."

  • Former president of Vietnam Ho Chí Minh (1890-1969) was a mentor to Võ Nguyen Giáp (1911-2013), General of the Vietnam People's Army.

  • One of the most sought after business leadership consultants in history, Warren Bennis (1925-2014) advised presidents, business leaders, and students, and along the way became one of the most generous of mentors. He wrote more than 30 books on leadership and earned the title, "father of leadership." As an educator he led classes at Harvard, Boston University, MIT, and USC. His own mentors included Nobel Prize winning scholars, and one of the most well-known of his mentors was social psychologist Douglas McGregor (1906-1964). Dr. Bennis said Doug McGregor, "Pulled qualities from me I didn't know were present. He not only recognized my potential, but he also gave me confidence." "Having a mentor like Warren Bennis," wrote psychiatrist and organizational consultant Dr. Mark Goulston, "not only makes you want to do a better job, it makes you want to be a better person." Another business leader mentored by Warren Bennis was Dave Logan, founder of CultureSync. In describing the many things he learned from his mentor Dr. Logan said, "I've learned that no matter how busy I am, life will go much better for everyone (including me) if I take time out to mentor."

  • Mademoiselle Marie Souvestre (1830-1905) was a French feminist educator who founded the girls' boarding school Allenswood, outside London, where her most famous pupil was Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) who went on to become one of the most respected women of the 20th century. Eleanor's early life was marked by an alcoholic father and a vain and distant mother (both of whom died before she was ten), and she was sent abroad to boarding school. Mademoiselle Souvestre was the headmistress of the preparatory school to which young Eleanor was sent. Fortunately, Mademoiselle Souvestre's goal for her students was to expand their minds and attain intellectual independence. The school used French in many classes. Eleanor turned out to be better prepared than most for Allenswood, due to extensive French tutoring prior to enrolling. According to Elizabeth Pearce of MentorResources, it was during this period that Eleanor lost her shyness and acquired the self-confidence which would stand her so well in later life. Mademoiselle Souvestre mentored Eleanor, and they made field trips to Venice and Paris, with Eleanor making the arrangements. Mentoring introduced the teenager to the lifestyle of an independent woman. Eleanor always credited Souvestre with forming both her character and her intellectual outlook. The First Lady's newspaper column on politics and social issues, My Day, was read daily by millions.

  • The Rev. Willie T. Barrow (1924-2015) was an American community organizer who championed civil rights for minorities, women, gay people and consumers; opposed the war in Vietnam and apartheid; and mentored generations of community organizers, including Barack Obama and Rev. Jesse Jackson. Known as the "Little Warrior" (she stood 4 feet 11 inches), she was a fiery advocate for civil rights. She was known as a person who would never back down from her beliefs. She was married for 56 years and wrote a book on how to get married and stay married. Her advice: "Don't try and make your mate over. It cannot be done." She opened her home to Coretta Scott King, Dorothy Height, and Addie Wyatt, and told the Chicago Sun-Times in 2012 that "We have to teach this generation, to train more Corettas, more Addies, and more Dorothys." In a prominent place in her home is a signed photograph of Barack and Michelle Obama and their daughters. The White House released a statement shortly after being notified of Rev Barrow's death in which the President declared, "To Michelle and me, she was a constant inspiration, a lifelong mentor and a very dear friend. I was proud to be among the more than 100 men and women she called her 'Godchildren,' and worked hard to live up to her example. I still do."

  • French Canadian explorer Jacques Cartier, (1491-1557), credited with giving Canada its name, was mentored by explorer Henry Hudson (1565-1611). During Hudson's last voyage "There was a mutiny on board the ship during the journey and no one is exactly sure what happened to the captain. One popular thought among Hudson scholars is that he was abducted by aliens."

  • Canadian Indigenous rights activist and Bear Clan co-founder and author (Indians Wear Red) Larry Morisette (1957-2016) is a mentor to former gang member and author (City of Dirty Water) and writer on Indigenous rights and environmental and economic justice Clayton Thomas-Müller, member of the Cree Nation, located in Northern Manitoba (Canada).

  • When Regina, Saskatchewan-born Greg Selinger was the 21st Premier of Manitoba (2009-2016), he�and the Winnipeg Jets, a National Hockey League team, formed a partnership to support at-risk high school students through a mentor leadership program.

  • Canadian university professor and National Education Secretary (1923-1937) Wilhemina Gordon, Howard Falk and American social reformer and the first woman to head a US Federal bureau Julia Lathrop (1858-1932) were mentors to feminist and Officer of the Order of Canada Charlotte Whitton (1896-1975), who was the mayor of Ottawa, Ontario, and the first woman to hold that position in a major Canadian city when elected in 1951.

  • Montreal-born Canadian lawyer, politician and judge Guy Favreau (1917-1967) was a mentor to former chair of Canada Post and Canadian politician André Ouellet.

  • André Ouellet was a mentor to Canadian politician and broadcaster Jean Lapierre (1956-2016) and Canadian politician Denis Coderre.

  • Canadian journalist, politician and stateswoman, Jeanne Sauvé (1922-1993) was Canada's first female Governor General. The Jeanne Sauvé Foundation provides a public leadership program that pairs each participant with a mentor.

  • Historical Canadian leaders who did not appear to have mentors include: New Brunswick-born Canadian journalist, statesman, politician and 25th Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc (1927-2009); French Canadian nurse and hospital founder Jeanne Mance (1606-1673); U.S.-born Canadian and heroine of the War of 1812 Laura Secord (1775-1868); one of the first female biology scientists in Canada Dr. Alfreda Berkeley Needler (1903-1951); Ontario-born Canadian nurse and the first woman to be promoted to the rank of colonel in the Canadian army Elizabeth Lawrie Smelli (1884-1968); Ontario-born Jean Flatt Davey (1909-1980) the first Canadian female doctor who entered the Canadian military, serving as a squadron leader in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1941 to 1945; Sarnia, Ontario-born former university chancellor, Companion within the Order of Canada and the first woman to serve as a lieutenant governor in Canada Pauline McGibbon (1910-2001); and New Brunswick-born Canadian Senator and the first woman Speaker of the Senate Muriel McQueen Fergusson (1899-1997) was one of the first women to advocate for pay equity and the protection of women's rights and children's rights. Most of these people have had buildings and schools named for them where mentoring programs have been established.

  • Montreal-born award-winning Canadian reformer, humanist, activist, feminist, radio-show host and politician, Thèrése Casgrain (1896-1981) was the first woman to be elected the leader of political party in Canada. In addition to becoming a Companion of the Order of Canada, Ms. Casgrain was also honoured by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau with the Thèrése Casgrain Volunteer Award to recognize volunteers many of whom were acting as mentors in Canadian society.

  • Likely the first peer mentoring group in Canada goes by the name Famous Five. The group of five women were all active in various rights campaigns and came together under the leadership of Canadian women's rights activist and author and the first female magistrate in Canada Emily Murphy (1868-1933). The group petitioned the Supreme Court of Canada (the Persons Case) on behalf of all women so that women could become members of the Senate. The others in this group of five who all mentored each other were: Alberta-born Canadian provincial politician and women's rights activist Louise Crummy McKinney (1868-1931); Canadian women's farm leader, activist and politician Mary Irene Parlby (1868-1965); Montreal-born Canadian advocate for women's legal and political rights, writer and artist Henrietta Muir Edwards (1894-1931); and Ontario-born suffragist, women's rights activist, legislator and author Nellie Letitia McClung (1873-1951).

    Canadian Black Nova Scotia businesswoman turned civil libertarian who challenged racial segregation Viola Desmond (1914-1965) was a mentor to young black women in Nova Scotia.

  • Ontario-born Canadian teacher and politician and the first woman to be elected to parliament Agnes Campbell Macphail (1890-1954) was a mentor to Ontario-born Canadian politician and former member of parliament Farquhar Oliver (1904-1989), who said of his mentor, "As Canada's first lady member of Parliament she overcame many difficulties by her forthrightness, stamina, and determination to do what's right. Her independent spirit and deep concern for the welfare of others won for her great admiration, not only in her home riding but throughout the length and breadth of the country she loved so much. The example set by Miss Macphail and her interest in young people through debating societies and public speaking contests promoted by her have been responsible for giving her home district many outstanding leaders."

Prime Ministers of Canada Use Mentoring for Leadership Succession
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Pierre Trudeau
John Turner
Kim Campbell
Brian Mulroney
Joe Clark
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  • Julius Leber (politician Bio) mentor to Willy Brandt (former Chancellor of West Germany Bio)
  • Konrad Adenauer (former chancellor of Germany) mentor to Helmut Kohl
  • Helmut Kohl (1930-2105) is a mentor to Angela Merkel
  • Adnan Menderes (former Premier of Turkey) mentor to Fatin Rustu Zorlu (former Foreign Minister of Turkey)
  • Bulent Ecevit (Prime Minister of Turkey) mentor to Ismail Cern (former foreign minister of Turkey)
  • Sir Robert Gordon Menzies (former Liberal Prime Minister of Australia) mentor to Malcolm Fraser (former Prime Minister of Australia) and Harold Holt (former Prime Minister of Australia)
  • Luis Munoz Marin (former governor of Puerto Rico) mentor to Rafael Hernandez Colon (former governor of Puerto Rico)
  • Simón Rogriguez mentor to Simón Bolívar (Liberator of South America Bio)
  • José Marti often described as mentor to the Cuban Nation
  • Jean-Bertrand Aristide mentor to Rene Preval (President of Haiti)
  • Fidel Castro (President of Cuba) mentor to Hugo Chavez (President of Venezuela)
  • Hugo Ch�vez (President of Venezuela, 1954-2013) is a mentor to Nicol�s Maduro
  • Rafael Trujillo (Dominican Republic politician) mentor to Joaquin Balaguer
  • Victor Raul Haya de la Torre (political activist in Peru) mentor to Alan Garcia Perez (former president of Peru)
  • Luis Miquilena (former Interior Minister of Venezuela) mentor to Hugo Chavez (President of Venezuela)
  • Lino Oviedo (military general) mentor to Ra�l Cubas Grau (President of Paraguay)
  • Yoshiro Mori (former Prime Minister of Japan) mentor to Junichiro Koizumi (former Prime Minister of Japan)
  • Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is a mentor to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (< HREF="">BIO)
  • Tanaka Kakuei mentor to Nakasone Yasuhiro (former Prime Minister of Japan)
    Yamagata Aritomo (former Japanese Minister of War) mentor to Masatake Terauchi (Japanese general and politician)
  • Hiromu Nonaka (Japanese politician) mentor to Muneo Suzuki (Japanese political leader)
  • Park Chung Hee (assassinated president of South Korea) mentor to Chun Doo Hwan (Vietnam veteran and former president of South Korea)
  • Syngman Rhee (former Korean president) mentor to Yun Po Sun (Korean president, 1960-62)
  • Deng Xiaoping mentor to Hu Yaobang (Chinese political leader) and Zhao Ziyang (general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party)
  • Song Ping (leader, China cental planning committee) mentor to Hu Jintao (vice-president of China)
  • Qu Qiubai mentor to Mao Zedong
  • Kang Youwei, a believer in mass education and free elections in China was a mentor to Liang Qichao, a Chinese reformer (1873-1929)
  • Ayub Khan (military leader and president of Pakistan) mentor to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (late Pakistani political leader)
  • Dadabhai Naoroji (19th century Indian nationalist and leader) mentor to Mohandas K. Gandhi (Indian political and spiritual leader)
  • Prince Hirobumi Ito (20th century Japanese leader) mentor to Prince Kimmochi Saionji (Japanese statesman)
  • Mohammed Ayub Khan (former president of Pakistan) mentor to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (1971 president of Pakistan)
  • Vikram Sarabhai mentor to APJ Abdul Kalam (President of India)

  • Henry Hope Stanley mentor to John Rowlands (who changed his name to Henry Moller Stanley and successfully search for David Livingstone in Africa)
  • Sir Keith Joseph mentor to Margaret Thatcher
  • Margaret Thatcher mentor to John Major
  • Lord Irvine mentor to Tony Blair
  • Barbara Castle (British Cabinet minister) mentor to Jack Straw (British Foreign Secretary)
  • Hugh Casson (architect and illustrator), Laurens van der Post (anthropologist), and Lord Louis Mountbatten mentors to Prince Charles
  • Mark Dyer mentor to Prince William
  • Bourke Cockran (Tammany Hall lawyer-politician) mentor to Winston Churchill
  • William Pitt (Prime Minister of England, 19th century) mentor to George Canning (British statesman, member of the House of Commons who fought a duel with the British secretary of war)
  • Viscount William Lamb Melbourne mentor to Queen Victoria
  • Donald Dewer (Scottish politician) mentor to Wendy Alexander (Scottish Cabinet member)
  • Charlie Whalen mentor to Alistair Darling (Scottish Labour Party cabinet member)
  • Charles Haughey (former Irish Prime Minister) mentor to Bertie Ahern (Irish Prime Minister)

In The United Kingdom Both Royals And Commoners Have Mentors
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  • Griffin Belll, Attorney General in former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's adminstration is a mentor to Georgia-born American lawyer, former federal prosecutor and former Deputy Attorney General during U.S. President Barack Obama's administration.

  • Jack Layton (1950-2011), leader of the New Democratic Party in Canada mentor to Randall Garrison, New Democratic Party Member of Parliament from British Columbia and thousands of other Canadians.

  • Alberta Premier Alison Redford () called the late Peter Lougheed (1928-2012, Bio), former Alberta premier, her mentor.

  • Often referred to as the "Father of Modern Medicine," William Osler (1849-1919), was a Canadian physician, historian, author, practical joker and one of the founders of Johns Hopkins Hospital, and was a mentor to American neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing (1869-1939), a pioneer of brain surgery.

  • Kelowna, British Columbia-born William (Bill) Bennett (1932-2015), Canadian businessperson, politician and 27th Premier of British Columbia, sometimes referred to as the greatest leader of British Columbia and often called "WAC Bennett."
  • Burnaby, British Columbia-born politiican and former Premier of British Columbia, refers to New Brunswick-born William Andrew Cecil Bennett (1900-1979), politician and the 25th and longest serving Premier of British Columbia, as a mentor.

  • Irish statesman, political theorist and philosophyer Edmund Burke (1729-1797) was a mentor through his many speeches to Irish-Canadian politician, poet, journalist and cabinet minister in pre-Confederation Canada Thomas D'Arcy McGee (1825-1868). McGee told a Montreal audience in 1856, "If any young man present desired to contemplate the sublime of political science - the astronomy of affairs, I would give them three authors: first, Burke; second, Burke; and third, Burke."

  • Adrienne Louise Clarkson, a Hong-Kong-born Canadian journalist, politician, stateswoman and recipient of the Order of Canada who served as the 26th Governor General of Canada, considers Northrop Frye as one of her mentors. She recalled her mentor, who she met as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto: "My thoughts have developed a great deal in the 40 years, since I took his Anatomy of Criticism course. But they set me on a path thinking about our country, thinking about my own approach to literature and what it can �teach� us. I believe very much in the dream and the way in which ancestors dream their progeny into being. I have said often that immigrants particularly dream their children into a new kind of life. I don�t think I would have had these thoughts, had I not worked with Northrop Frye and begun to understand what the imagination can actually do for you."

  • Michaëlle Jean, Haitian-born Canadian stateswoman, journalist and 27th Governor General of Canada launched The Mentorship Program of the Order of Canada in 2008 to bring members of the Order of Canada, women and men from all disciplines recognized for their merit and outstanding contribution, to mentor young Canadians aged 18-25 years in their fields of interest and serve as role models and a source of inspiration.

  • Justin Trudeau, Canada's 23rd Prime Minister considers Mawlana Hazar Imam (The Aga Khan), the recipient of the 2016 Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship, one of his mentors.

  • Award-winning politician, the first woman elected mayor of Saint John and an elected member of New Brunswick parliament, Elsie Wayne (1932-2016), was described by Rona Ambrose, head of the Conservative Party of Canada, as "a strong mentor for women in politics."

  • Canadian Annie McClung, a temperance and woman's suffrage advocate was a mentor to Ontario-born Canadian feminist, politician, author and women's rights and social activist Nellie McClung (1873-1951), who became one of "The Valiant Five" that llaunched the "Persons Case," contending that women could be "qualified persons" eligible to sit in the Canadian Senate. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the current law did not recognize women as such. However, the case was won upon appeal to the Judicial Committee of the British Privy Council�the court of last resort for Canada at that time. Annie would become Nellie's mother-in-law.

  • Canadian grade 8 teacher Bob McGill was a mentor to Canadian superhero, athlete, humanitarian and cancer research activist Terry Fox (1958-1981).

  • Canadian social democratic politician Major (his name not a military ranking) James Coldwell (1888-1974) was a mentor to Canadian politician and founder of North America's first single-payer, universal health care program Tommy Douglas (1904-1986), who, in turn, was a mentor to Canadian politician, 12th Premier of Saskatchewan and head of the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada Roy Romanow.

  • Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Medal winner for his efforts to advance human rights, former Member of Parliament and Minister of Justice, Montreal-born Irwin Cotler was described by Green Party of Canada leader, environmental activist, author and lawyer Elizabeth May as "being a mentor to others rather than using his skills to 'cut opponents to ribbons' and is a mentor to Liberal Party of Canada leader and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and NDP Member of Parliament Murray Rankin.

  • Saskatchewan-born environmentalist Jim MacNeill (1928-2016), described as an "early warrior against climate change" and was an advisor to Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) as well as the author of the first Canadian book on environmental mangement, is a mentor to Green Party of Canada leader and elected Member of Parliament from British Columbia, Elizabeth May.

  • British Columbia politicians Carole James, current NDP member of the British Columbia legislative assembly, former NDP Premier (30th) of British Columbia Mike Harcourt and former NDP Premier (32nd) Dan Miller are all mentors to New Democratic Party leader John Horgan who, during the 2017 campaign, promised to introduce a new, province-wide mentoring program in concert with the RCMP to help curb gang violence.

  • Vernon, British Columbia-born former Canadian Member of Parliament and the first person of First Nations status to serve in the federal cabinet Len Marchand (1933-2016) is a mentor to British-born Canadian politician Terry Lake.

  • Canadian former Ontario cabinet minister and former federal Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty (1949-2014) is a mentor to Canadian Conserative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch.

  • Canadian Green Party candidate and high school teacher Mark Neufeld considers Mary Owor his mentor.

  • Canadian Green Party member, political leader and scientist Andrew Weaver considers Canadian scientist Lawrence Mysak (physical oceanography), Jason Middleton, and Ed Sarachik (atmospheric sciences) his mentors.

  • Canadian Indigenous master carver, artist, hereditary chief and spirit guide, Beau Dick (1955-2017) was described as a "magnet and mentor; a virtuoso storyteller but also a master listener."

  • Jamaican-born British Columbia politician, university professor and Order of Canada recipient Rosemary Brown (1930-2003) was a "mentor for virtually every woman who went into politics in the last 30 odd years," according to former NDP leader Joy McPhail.

  • Swedish botanist, ornithologist, explorer, scientist and teacher Olof Rudbeck the Younger (1660-1740) was a mentor to Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), a Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist who created the two-name system (binomial nomenclature) which gave a genus and species to organisms and led to him being called "the father of taxonomy."

  • Lionel Jospin (former Prime Minister of France) mentor to Bertrand Delanoe (Mayor of Paris)
  • Pierre Mendes-France mentor to Pierre Beregovoy (former Prime Minister of France)
  • Jacques Chirac (former Prime Minister of France) mentor to Édouard Balladur
  • Georges Pompidou mentor to Francois Mitterrand (Prime Minister of France)
  • Georges Clemenceau (French republican leader) mentor to Georges Ernest Boulanger (French general and politician)
  • Pierre Poujade mentor to Jean-Marie LePen

  • Silvio Berlusconi (former Italian Primer Minister) mentor to Angelino Alfano (Italian politician and reporter).

  • Andre Cools (late vice prime minister of Belgium) mentor to Alain Van de Biest (regional minister in Belgium)
  • Goukouni Weddeye (President of Chad) mentor to Hissen Habre (defense minister of Libya)
  • Walter Sisulu mentor to Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki (President of South Africa)
  • Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (1995-2012) was a mentor to many African leaders
  • Lazer Sidelsky legal mentor to Nelson Mandela
  • Yasser Arafat (Palestinian leader) mentor to Hisham Miki (Palestinian TV chief)
  • Hendrik Verwoerd (former prime minister of South Africa) mento to Joannes Balthazar Vorster (former prime minister and president of South Africa)
  • Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe President) mentor to Sam Nujoma (President of Namibia)
  • Nicholas Briwott (Kenya minister) mentor to George Saitoti (Kenya vice-president)

  • Antonín Novotny (Czechoslovokain Communist leader) mentor to Alexander Dubêek (Czech statesman who initiated the "Prague Spring")
  • Georgy Valentinovich Plekhanov mentor to Vladimir Illich Lenin
  • Boris Yeltsin mentor to Vladimir Putin and Sergei Kiriyenko (Prime Minister)
  • Anatoli Alexandrovich Sobchak (1937-2000) mentor to Vladimir Putin
  • Vladimir Putin is a mentor to Ramzan Kadyrov (the leader of Russia's Chechen Republic).
  • Joseph Stalin was a mentor to Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev
  • Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev (Soviet leader) was a mentor to Konstantin Ustinovich Chernenko (Soviet political leader)
  • Yuri Vladimirovich Adropov (Soviet communist leader) and Alexander Yakovlev (former Soviet ambassador to Canada) mentors to Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorhachev
  • Mátyás Rákosi (former Prime Minister of Hungary) mentor to András Heged (former Prime Minister of Hungary)

  • Yitzhak Rabin mentor to Ehud Barak
  • Moshe Arens mentor to Benjamin Netanyahu
  • David Ben-Gurion (first Prime Minister of Israel) mentor to Moshe Dayan (soldier and statesman) and Shimon Peres (former Prime Minister of Israel)

  • Benjamin Franklin was considerd a mentor to most of the Founding Fathers of the USA, according to this book.

  • George Mason mentor to Thomas Jefferson (3rd President of the US)
  • Thomas Jefferson (3rd President of the US) mentor to Meriwether Lewis (explorer, 1774-1809) and James Monroe (1758-1831), 5th President of the U.S.
  • George Wythe (jurist, legal scholar) mentor to Thomas Jefferson (who as a result created a mentors program at the University of Virginia)
  • Andrew Jackson (7th President of the US) mentor to Sam Houston (founder of Texas)
  • Thurlow Weed (American journalist and founder of the Whig Party) mentor to Millard Fillmore (13th US President)
  • Jefferson Davis (US Confederate President) mentor to Austin Dahlgren (writer)
  • James A. Garfield (20th President of the US) born in Mentor, Ohio
  • Roscoe Conkling (former US Senator) mentor to Chester A. Arthur (21st President of the US) and Thomas Collier Platt (19th century American legislator)
  • Marcus Alonzo Hana (American politician and businessman) mentor to William McKinley (25th President of the US)
  • Brander Matthews (Columbia University professor) mentor to Theodore Roosevelt (26th President of the US)
  • Theodore Roosevelt (26th President of the US) mentor to William Howard Taft (27th President of the US)
  • Joseph Foraker (US senator, Ohio) mentor to Warren Gamaliel Harding (29th President of the US)
  • Louis McHenry Howe mentor to Franklin Delano Roosevelt (32nd President of the US)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd President of the US) mentor to Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. (former US Secretary of State)
  • Thomas J. Pendergast (political party activist) mentor to Harry S. Truman (33rd President of the US)
  • Sitting Bull (Lakota Chief) mentor to Gall (Hunkpapa Chief)
  • Charles Darwin (1809-1882) was a mentor to Lord Avebury (Sir John Lubbock, 1834-1913), banker, philanthropist and scientist.
  • Tom Scott (Wall Street investor) mentor to Andrew Carnegie (philanthropist)
  • Ralph Bunche (African-American mediator, UN diplomat, Nobel Peace Prize winner, basketball player Bio) mentored by Charles Henry Reiber (UCLA philosophy professor and first dean of the College of Letters and Science) and Sy Lipton (UCLA basketball coach)
  • Major General Fox Connor and General George C. Marshall were mentors to Dwight David Eisenhower (34th President of the US)
  • John F. Kennedy (35th President of the US) mentor to Rey A. Carr (CEO of Peer Resources)
  • Mike Mansfield (late US Senator/Montana) mentor to Ted Stevens (US Senator/Alaska) and Patrick Leahy (US Senator/Vermont)
  • Richard B. Russell (late US Senator/Georgia), Franklin Delano Roosevelt (32nd President of the US), and Sam Rayburn (Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives for 17 years) mentors to Lyndon Baines Johnson (36th President of the US)
  • Lyndon B. Johnson (36th President of the US) mentor to John B. Connolly (former US cabinet member) and Barbara Charline Jordan (US lawyer, politician and teacher)
  • Richard Nixon (37th President of the US) and Neil Mallon (former president of Dresser Industries) mentors to George Bush (41st President of the US) and Robert Dole (former Senator/Kansas and presidential candidate)
  • Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is a mentor to Florida Senator Marco Rubio
  • Admiral Hyman Rickover (bio) mentor to Jimmy Carter (39th President of the US)
  • Bob Bullock (former Texas Lt. Governor) and Condoleeza Rice mentors to George W. Bush (44th President of the US)
  • General Brent Scowcraft (former National Security Advisor to former US President George Bush), George Shultz (former US secretary of state, Bio) and Joseph Korbel (university professor) mentors to Condoleezza Rice (National Security Advisor to 44th US President George W. Bush)
  • Ronald Reagan (40th President of the US) mentor to Christine Todd Whitman (Governor of New Jersey)
  • George Bush (42nd President of the US) mentor to James Baker (former US Secretary of State and White House Chief of Staff for US President Ronald Reagan)
  • Betsy Bloomingdale, American socialist and philanthropist, was a mentor to former First Lady Nancy Reagan (1921-2016).

  • James Baker mentor to John Bolton (US State Department)
  • Robert Squier (political advisor) mentor to Albert Gore, Jr. (former Vice-President of the US)
  • Al Gore Jr. mentor to Joseph I. Lieberman (US Senator, Connecticutt)
  • Bill Bradley (former US Senator) mentor to Cory Booker (New Jersey politician)
  • Daniel Patrick Moynihan (late US Senator-NY) mentor to Joe Biden (US Senator-DE)
  • Jesse Ventura (governor of Minnesota) mentor to Dean Barkley (US Senator, Minnesota)
  • William Fulbright (former US Senator) mentor to William J. Clinton (43rd President of the US)
  • William Clinton, 43rd President of the US, is a mentor to Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York
  • Cyrus Vance (former US Secretary of State during Carter administration) mentor to Warren Christopher (US Secretary of State during Clinton administration)
  • Marion Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund and American politician, diplomat and activist Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) are mentors to American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

  • Caspar Weinberger (former US Secretary of Defense, 1980-87 and chairman of Forbes magazine) mentor to Colin Powell (US Secretary of State)
  • Karl Rove (political strategist Bio) mentor to Margaret La Montagne (domestic policy advisor to US President George W. Bush) and Carl Forti (political strategist and consultant)
  • Sir David Spedding (former head MI-6 and model for James Bond) mentor to George Tenet (CIA director)
  • Donald Rumsfield (US Secretary of Defense) mentor to Dick Cheney (US Vice-President)
  • Gary Condit (former US congressman) mentor to Dennis Cardoza
  • David Boren (former US Senator/Oklahoma Bio) mentor to George Tenet (CIA Director Bio)
  • Trent Lott (Senator/Mississippi) mentor to Curt Hebert (US Energy Commission)
  • Hubert Humphrey (former US Vice-President and Senator, Minnesota) mentor to Walter Frederick Mondale (former US Vice-President and Senator, Minnesota)
  • George Wallace (former presidential candidate and governor of Alabama) mentor and husband to Lurleen Wallace (former governor of Alabama)
  • Richard Johnson (vice-president of the US under Martin Van Buren and reputed to have killed Tecumseh) middle name was Mentor
  • Philip Burton (former congressman) mentor to Willie Brown (mayor of San Francisco)
  • Tip O'Neill (former Speaker of the US House of Representatives) mentor to Joe Moakley (Congressman, Massachusetts)
  • Richard J. Dayley (late mayor of Chicago) mentor to Jane M. Byrne (first woman mayor of Chicago)
  • Edmund Sixtus Muskie (late US senator/Maine and presidential candidate) mentor to George John Mitchell (former US senator)
  • George Catlett Marshall (American armed forces general and US cabinet minister) mentor to Dwight David Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, Mark Clark and Joseph Stillwell (all US military generals)
  • Zbigniew Brezinski mentor to Madeleine Allbright (US Secretary of State)
  • Henry Kissinger (US political advisor) mentor to Alexander Haig (former US Secretary of State) (or was it the other way around?)
  • Johann de Kalb (American general at Valley Forge with George Washington) mentor to Lafayette
  • Sam Rayburn (late member of the US House of Representatives/Texas) mentor to Carl Albert (former speaker of the US House of Representatives)
  • George E. Pataki (governor of New York) mentor to Betsy McCaughey Ross (Lt. Governor of New York)
  • Parris Glendenning (governor of Maryland) and Ruth Kovnat (University of New Mexico law professor) mentors to Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (first woman to be Lt. Governor of Maryland)
  • Alfonse M. D'Amato (Senator/New York) mentor to George E. Pataki (Governor of New York)
  • Pilar Barbosa de Rosario (Puerto Rican historian) described as mentor to generations of Puerto Rico's politicians
  • Luis Munoz Marin (Puerto Rico ruler) mentor to Roberto Sanchez Vilella (first elected governor of Puerto Rico)

  • William O. Douglas (former US Supreme Court Justice) mentor to Abe Fortas (former US Supreme Court Justice)
  • Learned Hand (former US Supreme Court Chief Justice) mentor to Gerald Gunther
  • Louis D. Brandeis (former US Supreme Court Justice) mentor to Felix Frankfurter (former US Supreme Court Justice)
  • Lewis Powell (former US Supreme Court Justice) mentor to Sandra Day O'Connor (US Supreme Court Justice)
  • Felix Franfurter mentor to Philip Leslie Graham (publisher)
  • Charles Houston (first full-time counsel for the NAACP Bio) and Lillie Carroll Jackson (woman's and civil rights activist) mentors to Thurgood Marshall (former US Supreme Court Justice)
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (former US Supreme Court Justice) mentor to Alger Hiss (lawyer, peace activist)
  • William Kunstler (radical lawyer) mentor to Ronald L. Kuby (defense lawyer)
  • Clare Booth Luce (1903-1987), 1st American woman ambassador & playwright, was mentored by Bernard Baruch (1870-1965).

  • Oliver Goldsmith mentor to Thomas Paine
  • General Zachary Taylor and General Winfield Scott considered mentors to American military in the Mexican-American War including Robert E. Lee, U.S. Grant, Thomas Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and others
  • John P. Altgeld (social activist) mentor to Clarence Darrow (reformer and lawyer)
  • George Monroe (photographer) mentor to George Eastman (photograher and inventor)
  • William Lloyd Garrison (US abolitionist) mentor to Frederick Douglass (foremost US Black leader of the 19th century)

  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1850-1902), leader of the US suffrage movement, was a mentor to Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), women's rights activist.

  • Mercy Otis Warren mentor to Abigail Adams
  • Barbara Miller Solomon (women's rights advocate) described as mentor to many women
  • Jeanne Caroline Smith Carr (feminist, botanist) mentor to John Muir (poet, naturalist)
  • Anne Sullivan mentor to Helen Keller
  • Eugene V. Debs mentor to John Gardner
  • Walter Reuther (former president of the United Auto Workers union) mentor to Leonard Freel Woodcock (American labor leader)
  • Zellig Harris (linguistics professor) mentor to Noam Chomsky (writer, political activist)
  • George Stigler and Milton Friedman (economists) mentors to Gary Becker (Nobel prize winner in Economics)
  • Ludwig von Mises (economist) mentor to Frederick von Hayek (Nobel laureate economist) and Ronald Reagan (former US president)
  • Frederich von Hayek (Austrian economist) mentor to Jimmy Lai (Hong Kong ebusiness billionaire)
  • Raymond B. Fosdick mentor to John D. Rockefeller
  • Daniel Ford (19th century popular magazine editor) mentor to Francis Bellamy (creator of the US Pledge of Allegiance)

  • John Dewey (philospher and educator) mentor to Sidney Hook (American educator and social activist), George Geiger (Antioch philosophy professor) and Max Eastman
  • Dr. Benge Atlee (Halifax physician) mentor to Dr. Murray Davis

  • Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve is located at Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor, Ohio

  • Jean-Martin Charcot (founder of clinical neurology, bio) and Josef Breuer (first to use cathartic method to cure hysteria) mentors to Sigmund Freud
  • Sigmund Freud mentor to C.G. Jung
  • Henry Havelock Ellis (physician, psychologist, author) mentor to Margaret Sanger (pioneer activist for birth control, Bio)

  • Samuel C. Armstrong (Bio) mentor to Booker T. Washington (Bio)

  • John Newton (a former slave trader who became a clergyman and hymn writer including Amazing Grace) mentor to William Wilberforce (politician who led the movement to abolish slavery in Great Britain)

  • Booker T. Washington mentor to William Henry Holtzclaw (founder, Utica Institute)
  • Pastor Jim Lawson and Rev. Melvin Watson mentors to Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. mentor to Jesse Jackson and John Lewis (civil rights activist
  • Dr. Benjamin E. Mays mentor to Dr. Martin Luther Ling Jr.
  • Mahatma Gandhi mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Malcolm X mentor to Louis Farrakhan
  • The Beverly Foundation is on Mentor Avenue in Pasadena, California
  • Dr. Alexis Carrel mentor to Charles Lindbergh
  • Richard Hofstader mentor to Lawrence Levine (US historian)
  • Bertrand Russell (Bio) mentor to Karl Ponder (philosopher) and Ludwig Wittgenstein (philosopher)
  • Dale L. Morgan (Mormon historian) mentor to Juanita Brooks and Fawn Brodie (Mormon history scholars)

  • G.I. Gurdjieff (Russian philosopher) mentor to William Charles Segal (painter and magazine publisher) and Olgivanna Wright (wife of Frank Lloyd Wright)
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin is a mentor to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

  • Vissarion Belinsky (father of Russian radical intelligentsia) mentor to Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (Russian writer)
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson mentor to Henry David Thoreau
  • Edward Everett (Unitarian minister) mentor to Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Dr. Samuel Johnson mentor to James Boswell
  • Alfred North Whitehead (philosopher, mathematician, author, Process and Reality) mentor to Susanne Knauth Langer (philosopher, author Mind: An Essay on Human Feeling)
  • Hermann Hesse mentor to Hans Carossa (German poet and novelist)
  • Thomas Cromwell mentor to Richard Grafton (16th century London publisher and printer)
  • Junipero Serra (Spanish missionary) mentor to Francisco Palou (Franciscan historian)
  • You can see Mentor Street in Kouts, Indiana from the Erie-Lackawana railroad tracks
  • José Tomás Canales (Texas historian) mentor to Carlos Castaña (mystic, anthropologist)

  • Fran�ois Mitterrand (1916-1996), 21st President of France is a mentor to Fran�ois Hollande, 24th French President
  • Annie Besant (English social reformer and theosophist) mentor to Jiddu Krishnamurti (Indian religious figure)
  • Sir Charles Hanbury-Williams (British envoy) mentor to Catherine II (Empress of Russia)
  • Thomas Becket mentor to King Henry II
  • Cardinal Richelieu (French prelate and statesman) mentor to Jean Desmarets de Saint-Sorlin (French poet and dramatist) and Cardinal Jules Mazarin (First Minister of France under Louis XIV)
  • Michel de Montaigne (French Renaissance thinker and writer Bio) mentor to Marie de Bournay
  • Margaret of Navarre mentor to Bonaventure Des P�riers (French humanist)
  • Marie de' Medici mentor to Cardinal Richelieu (Armand Jean du Plessis, duc de Richelieu)
  • Sir Richard Rees mentor to George Orwell
  • John Stuart Mill mentor to Jeremy Bentham
  • Prince von Metternich mentor to Friedrich Gentz and Francis Joseph (Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary)
  • John Cateret (Earl of Granville) mentor to King George II
  • John Stuart (Third Earl of Bute Bio) mentor to King George III
  • Robert Carr (Viscount of Rochester and Earl of Somerset) mentor to Sir Thomas Overbury (English writer imprisoned in the Tower and poisoned by Lady Essex)
  • King Louis I (Poland) mentor to Charles of Durazzo (conquerer of Naples)
  • Augustin de Robespierre mentor to Napoleon Bonaparte
  • HMS Mentor (an 18th century British Navy ship)
  • "The Mentor" (An American magazine published 1913-1931)

  • Archimedes mentor to Galileo
  • Galileo mentor to Ferdinand II (Grand Duke of Tuscany) and Evangelista Torricelli (inventor of the barometer)
  • Lorenzo de Medici (Florentine statesman) mentor to Politan (Italian poet)
  • Brunetto Latini mentor to Dante Alighieri (of Firenze)
  • Polybius (Roman explorer) mentor to Scipio Aemilianus (Roman general)
  • Pompey the Great mentor to Marcus Terentius Varro (Roman scholar)
  • Lucius Aelius Sejanus (Praetorian Guard commander) mentor to Pontius Pilate
  • Johann von Staupitz mentor to Martin Luther
  • Julius Caesar mentor to Mark Antony and Caius Trebonius (Roman politician)
  • Julian (4th century Roman emperor) mentor to Eutropius (Roman historian)
  • Flavius Stilicho (Roman general) mentor to Claudian (Roman poet)
  • Euphronius (Bishop of Tours) mentor to Georgius Florentius (St. Gregory of Tours)

  • Elijah mentor to Elisha (Israelite prophet)
  • Saul (first king of the ancient Hebrews) mentor to David (king of ancient Israel)
  • Socrates mentor to Plato
  • Aristotle mentor to Alexander the Great
  • Antisthenes of Athens mentor to Diogenes
  • Merlin mentor to King Arthur
  • Leucippus (philosopher) mentor to Democritus (Greek philosopher who devised the atomic theory of the universe, also known as the Laughing Philospher)
  • Chiron mentor to Odysseus
  • Aristaeus (Greek mythology figure who invented beekeeping) mentored by nymphs
  • Omaha, Nebraska-born American politician and 38th President of the USA Gerald R. Ford is a mentor to Nebraska-born American politician, businessman and 46th Vice-President of the USA Richard Cheney; American politican and businessman and13th and 21st United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; Houston, Texas-born attorney and political figure and former US Secretary of the Treasury James Baker; and New York City-born American economist and former chair of the Federal Reserve of the United States Alan Greenspan. President Ford said, "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."

  • Canadian, first Chief Nursing Officer of the World Health Organization and public health pioneer Lyle Morrison Creelman (1908-2007) was a mentor and source of inspiration to thousands of nurses. She was the group leader for the first team of health practitioners to enter Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at the end of World War II. She was described as "a great listener and a great diplomat with excellent people skills."

  • Former Vietnamese Prime Minister and economist Phan Van Khai (1933-2018), who was the country's first post-American War in Vietnam leader was mentored by Vietnamese politician, former Prime Minister of Vietnam and revolutionary veteran soldier in the war against the French colonists and American forces Vo Van Kiet (1922-2008).

  • Two-term governor of Georgia and U.S. senator Zell Miller (1932-2018) was considered a mentor by his grandson, Bryan Miller; former South Carolnia governor Jim Hodges; public service administrator Wayne Garner; and Georgia House Speaker David Ralston.

  • New York-born former First Lady of the United States and the mother of the 43rd president of the United States Barbara Bush (1925-2018) was a mentor to portrait painter Candace Whittemore Lovely. Ms. Lovely said that after she met Mrs. Bush she would "think before she acted and ask herself 'What would Barbara do?'" Barbara Bush's Foundation for Family Literacy raised millions of dollars for afterschool and mentoring programs.

  • Former commander-in-chief of the Cuban Armed Forces and previous President of Cuba Raúl Castro is a mentor to 19th and current President of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel.

  • Madeline Albright, the first female U.S. Secretary of State, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government, and mother considers Poland-born Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928-2017), the late Columbia University professor and national security adviser to Jimmy Carter, her mentor

  • San Francisco-born American politician, author and lawyer and the 34th and 39th Governor of California Jerry Brown is a mentor to San Francisco-born American businessman and politician, former California Lt. Governor and Governor of California, and former Mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom.

    "Think about the people and experiences that truly inspire you. What is it about them that makes you feel this way? For many of us, we are inspired when we feel something we have never felt before. We feel uplifted when we gain a new insight that changes our perspective completely and when we learn something new that forever transforms us. Each of us has that power to inspire other people. Within all of us lies a wonderful teacher, a soul that greatly inspires others to seek the highest good and to engage fully in life, merely by expressing our authentic self. Embrace that inner teacher and know that you have something very valuable to offer everyone around you. Share your lessons freely and receive wisdom from others with openness, joy, and love." Deepak Chopra

    "All women must be mentors for and to each other. A special place in hell is reserved for women who do not help each other." Madeline Albright

  • Arkansas-born American historian who won the Pulitzer Prize for Mary Chestnut's Civil War, C. Vann Woodward (1908-1999) was a mentor to Virginia-born American and award-winning author, historian and groundbreaking scholar on slavery and Reconstruction Willie Lee Rose (1927-2018), who was a mentor to Texas-born American author, historian, and professor of American history John B. Boles.

    "The mark you leave on people...will endure and extend beyond your sight and beyond your reach." Marcy Blochowiak, author of No Glass Ceiling Just Blue Sky

  • British boarding school governess Maria Lewis (1814?-1881?) was a mentor to British novelist, poet, journalist, translator, and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era Mary Ann Evans aka Marian Evans and George Eliot (1819-1880).

  • American writer and translator Emma Lazarus (1849-1887) was so influenced by the transformative novels of George Eliot (1819-1880) that she experienced Eliot's writing as a mentoring text and became inspired to write the famous words on the Statue of Liberty ("Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..."

  • Norwegian politician who served three terms as Prime Minister of Norway, physician and former Director-General of the World Health Organization Gro Harlem Brundtland is the Deputy Chair of The Elders, a peer mentoring group of world leaders dedicated to solving some of the world's toughest problems.

  • American magazine print shop foreman Adrian McCoy () was a mentor to American teacher, writer, biographer, lecturer, women's rights advocate and investigative journalist best known for her pioneering investigative reporting that led to the breakup of Standard Oil Ida Tarbell (1857-1944).

  • Kentucky-born microbiologist and long-time member of the U.S. House of Representatives who became the first woman to chair the House Rules Committee and helped write the Violence Against Women Act Louise Slaughter (1929-2018) is a mentor to U.S. Congresswoman from Florida Kathy Castor; New York State Assemblyman Harry Bronson; university executive Deborah Stendardi; and U.S. Congresswoman from California Doris Matsui.

  • American biology professor Mary Scott Skinker (1891-1948) was a mentor to Springdale, Pennsylvania-born American Presidential Medal of Freedom award winner, marine biologist and conservationist who was primarily credited with advancing the global environmental movement and became a full-time nature writer with such bestsellers as The Sea Around Us and Silent Spring Rachel Carson (1907-1964). Professor Skinker convinced Ms. Carson to switch majors from English to Biology while she was a student at the Pennsylvania College for Women.

  • Scottish writer, poet, and magazine editor Thomas Pringle (1789-1834) was a mentor to British-born, poet, painter and Canadian author of Roughing it in the Bush Susanna Moodie (1803-1885).

  • British Quaker, prison reformer and philanthropist Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845) was the catalyst for the creation of Elizabeth Fry Societies around the world to provide practical assistance and mentoring to women involved in the prison system.

  • Irish horticulturalist, advocate for natural plantings, catalyst for what would become the English cottage garden style, and author of The Wild Garden, William Robinson (1838-1935) was a mentor to London-born, British horticulturalist, garden designer, artist and writer Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) who was a mentor to British horticulturalist, writer, and garden designer Graham Stuart Thomas (1909-2003).

  • British art critic, social thinker, arts patron and philanthropist John Ruskin (1819-1900) was a mentor to British-born social and housing reformer Octavia Hill (1838-1912), who, in turn, was a mentor to British social reformer, author, and educator Henrietta Barnett (1851-1936).

  • British physician, writer, and social reformer Havelock Ellis (1859-1939); Russian-born American political organizer and activist Emma Goldman (1869-1940); and British writer, satirist, and social critic H.G. Wells (1866-1946) were all mentors to American activist, advocate for birth control, nurse and sex educator, and founder of the International Planned Parenthood Federation Margaret Sanger (1883-1966).

  • American award-winning science writer, bestselling author, former Green Beret Gary Zukav is know as a spiritual mentor to many through his book, The Seat of the Soul and his advocacy for a mentoring relationship he refers to as a Spiritual Partnership: "The benefit of spiritual partnership is authentic power. Authentic power is the life that your heart longs to live - fulfilled, grateful, caring, patient, fully present, meaningful, creative, and loving. When you realize these things about spiritual partnership, the most important question you can think of, the question that most urgently requires an answer, the question that you have been asking all your life becomes, How do I create spiritual partnerships? How do I become authentically empowered? How do I support others in creating authentic power."

  • Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet and engineer Michelangelo (1475-1564) was a mentor to Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) and was mentored by Italian sculptor and medalist Bertoldo de Giovanni (1420-1491).

    Michelangelo said about his work, "If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all."

  • German philosopher and the creator of the school of phenomenology, Edmund Husserl (1859-1938) was a mentor to German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976).

  • German theologian, biblical scholar, author and editor Heinrich Holtzmann 1832-1910) was a mentor to Alsace-born Nobel Peace Prize recipient, musician, scientist, and physician Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) said, "At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has to cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." A Fellowship fund has been created to honour Dr. Schweitzer's work and recipients work with a mentor for life.

  • Czech philosopher Jan Patoûka (1907-1977) was a mentor to Czech playwright, political leader, statesman, and dissident Václav Havel (1936-2011), who, in turn, was a mentor to Czech-born British playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard.

  • American lawyer, Republican politician and former governor of the state of Iowa Robert D. Ray (1928-2018) is a mentor to former governor of Iowa and current US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad; former president of the United States Bill Clinton; and former legislator and executive Scott Raecker, who said about his mentor: "I want to be a better person every day because of Gov. Ray�s presence in my life. I felt that way since the first day I met him, and I will for the rest of my life.�

  • Rochester, Kent-born English priest, botanist and geologist John Stevens Henslow (1796-1861) was a mentor to English naturalist, geologist, and biologist Charles Darwin (1809-1882).

  • Jamaican-born Parliamentarian Donald 'Danny' Buchanan (1942-2011) was a mentor the president of the Jamaican People's National Party Portia Simpson Miller; and Jamaican Senator Basil Waite.

  • Philadelphia-born American social reformer, child welfare advocate, socialist and pacifistFlorence Kelley (1859-1932) was a mentor to Boston-born change agent, sociologist, workers-rights advocate, and the first woman to be appointed U.S. Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins (1880-1965).
  • British-born, U.S.-raised, first female physician and first woman to graduate from a medical school, founder of the Women's Medical College in New York, and social and moral reformer fighting discrimination against women Elizabeth Blackwell (1829-1910) was mentored by French physician Hippolyte Blot (1837?-1901?); and was a mentor to the first woman to qualify in Britain as a physician and surgeon and the first female mayor and magistrate in Britain Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836-1917).

  • Ghana-born former U.N. chief, diplomat, peace advocate, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan (1938-2018) is a mentor to Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres and many others including Filppo Grandi; Shashi Tharoor

  • Tachie, British Columbia-born Indigenous leadership advocate for the interests and priorities for improving the lives of the Carrier and Sekani First Nations peoples, and the Tl'azt'en, his home nation, First Nations leader Justa Monk (1942-2018) is a mentor to British Columbia Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Terry Teegee.

  • Swiss law professor Fritz Fleiner (1867-1937) was a mentor to Swiss scholar, constitutional law expert and university professor Zaccaria Giacometti (1893-1970).

  • Stockholm-born Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689) after she abdicated the throne in 1654 became known as an advocate for artistic and intellectual life in Rome. She mentored several artists in Italy including architect, engineer and publisher Carlo Fontana (1638-1714); sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1655); as well as the nephew of Pope Innocent X Cardinal Astalli (1616-1663). The direction of the musical and artistic landscape of Europe was, according to one scholar, only made possible through the "ascendancy of the individuals she chose to support." Some of her own mentors were the French philosopher, mathematician and scientist Renè Descartes (1596-1650); and Swedish statesman and the chancellor of Sweden Axel Oxenstierrna (1583-1654), whom Queen Christina described; "I loved this great man as a second father. Although I knew almost all the greatest and most brilliant personalities of this time, I met few who would and could stand in comparison to him."

  • French-Swiss author and integrator of German Romanticism into the French literary scene Germaine de Staël (1766-1817) was a mentor to French socialite and literary salon leader Juliette Récamier (1777-1849).

  • French cleric, scholar, and poet Giles Ménage (1613-1692); and French writer Pierre-Daniel Huet (1630-1721) were both mentors to French romantic novelist Marie-Madeleine de La Fayette (1634-1693).

  • Scottish anatomist and physiologist, known as the "Father of British Physiology", William Sharpey (1802-1880) was a mentor to British experimental physiologists Michael Foster (1836-1907); and John Scott Burdon-Sanderson (1828-1905).

  • French natural philosopher, mathematician, scientist, intellectual, and author, who translated the works of Isaac Newton, Emilie du Châtelet (the Marquise Du Châtelet) was considered a mentor of the French Enlightenment of the 1700s.

  • Scotland-born scientist and polymath Mary Sommerville (1780-1872); and Professor of mathematics and the inventor of the first computing machine Charles Babbage (1791-1871) were mentors to daughter of English poet Lord Byron, a machine addict, a woman whose passion and vision for technology has made her a symbol for modern women in technology, mathematician and writer Ada Lovelace aka Ada King-Noel (1815-1852).

  • Canadian newspaper publisher, politician, and baseball team executive Paul Godfrey was a mentor Canadian politician, dentist, and newspaper columnist Gordon Chong (1943-2018).

  • Toronto-born Canadian lawyer, politician, former Canadian Senator, and political advisor to Canadian prime ministers David Paul Smith (9141-2020) "mentored scores of politicians and activists in federal, provincial, and municipal politics.

  • Canadian businessman, lawyer, fundraiser, former Canadian senator, and real estate developer Leo Kolber (1929-2020) is a mentor to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In a newspaper piece honouring his memory, the company he founded, Cadillac Fairview, said "Leo always saw the true potential in the people he worked with and mentored."

  • British philosopher, mathematician, writer and historian Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was a mentor to Austrian-British philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951).

  • St. John's, Newfoundland-born former Canadian cabinet minister, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, lawyer, Chancellor of Memorial University, Officer of the Order of Canada and Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal winning in 2002 and 2012 John Crosbie (1931-2020) was a mentor to many including business executive and chairman of Rugby Canada Tim Powers.

  • French philosopher and writer Jean Grenier (1898-1971) was a mentor to French novelist, essayist, political theorist, and playright Albert Camus (1913-1960).

  • American journalist Mark Halperin and university political science professor Richard Neustadt (1919-2003) are mentors to historian, university professor, and author Doris Kearns Goodwin, who said: "Good leadership requires you to surround yourself with people of diverse perspectives who can disagree with you without fear of retaliation."

  • American lawyer, presidential adviser, and top JFK speechwriter Theodore Sorensen (1928-2010) was a mentor to speechwriter for two U.S. presidents Richard N. Goodwin (1931-2018).

  • German philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803) was a mentor to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) who was a mentor to German writer and poet Johann Peter Eckermann (1792-1854).

  • African-American intellectual, former slave, presidential advisor, and leader Booker T. Washington (1856-1915); and Iowa State professor of botany Louis H. Pammel (1862-1931) were mentors to African-American inventor, agricultural scientist, artist, university professor and former slave George Washington Carver (1864-1943).
  • Award-winning Crimea-born Soviet-era dissident and author who became a symbol of resistance in modern-day Russia as a leading rights activist and was exiled from the USSR in 1977 only to return in 1993 Lyudmila Alexeyeva (1927-2018). When Ms. Alexeyeva was summoned by investigators to K.G.B. headquarters, she would buy some rare delicacies such as a ham sandwich, an éclair, and an orange. "They reacted very nervously when they started to smell the ham. Then I would start eating the orange, and the aroma would start dissipating through the room. That's how I amused myself. It was to play on [the investigators'] nerves."

  • Woodstock, Nova Scotia-born Canadian, journalist government press secretary, advisor to two prime ministers, bank executive, communications strategist and non-profit board member Dick O'Hagan (1923-2018) was described by John Macfarlane, editor emeritus of The Walrus as both a "mentor and a mensch." (Source: article by Bob Lewis in the Globe and Mail, December 22, 2018.)

  • Hamburg-Germany-born German politician who served as Chancellor of Germany since 2005 and had a doctorate in quantum chemistry Angela Merkel is a mentor to Christian Democratic party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

  • American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the 19th century Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was a mentor to multilingual American journalist, rights advocate, social critic, first female editor of a New York newspaper, first foreign war correspondent, author, and often considered the first radical feminist Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) who became a mentor to many women who would lead the abolitionist and suffragist movements in America. Ms. Fuller along with her partner and child drowned in a shipwreck of Fire Island, New York in 1850.

  • American financier who established his wealth through railroads and shipping Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877) was a mentor to American heiress and socialist Frances Ellen Work (1857-1847), great-grandmother of Diana, Princess of Wales, and great-great-grandmother of Prince William, Prince Harry and actor Oliver Pratt.

  • University professor Felix Pawlowski (1923-1999) was a mentor to Canadian aviation pioneer and aeronautical engineer Elsie MacGill (1905-1980), who oversaw the production of Hawker Hurricanes and completed test flights. Ms. MacGill became known as the "Queen of the Hurricanes," and was a persistent advocate and mentor for female engineers in a field where flight testing was seen as "men's work."

  • Quebec-born Canadian publisher and lawyer George MacLaren (1939-2018) is a mentor to former premier of Quebec Jean Charest.

  • Montreal-born Quebec provincial politician, feminist, author, journalist and television personality who advocated for Quebec sovereignty and equality for women Lise Payette (1931-2018) is a mentor to Quebec City-born Canadian politician and the 30th Premier of Quebec Pauline Marois.

  • Canadian politician, social activist, champion or women's rights, and leading voice for raising awareness about domestic abuse Margaret Mitchell (1925-2017), who had to endure the jeering by the male-dominated House of Commons whenever she raised concerns about domestic abuse, was a mentor to Canadian politician Shane Simpson.

  • Sister Joseph Teresa O'Sullivan was a mentor to Kenyan-born human rights activist, environmentalist, Nobel Peace Prize-winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement Wangari Matthai (1940-2011) who was a mentor to Winnie Mumo.

  • Ukraine-born Swiss psychologist, psychoanalyst and philosopher Alice Miller (1923-2010) changed lives as well as attitudes about parenting through her book directed at the non-specialist, The Drama of the Gifted Child and For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence which emphasized for parents not to pass on their own childhood traumas to their own children. These books sold in the millions and impacted the learning, lives, and public conversations of thousands of women and parents. Dr. Miller's work acted as a life-long mentor for hundreds of individuals.

  • Canadian lawyer, politician, former Finance Minister, former Ambassador to the United States, Companion of the Order of Canada, university chancellor, grandfather and mental health advocate Michael Wilson (1937-2019) was considered a mentor by the president and chief executive on one of Canada's major banks Victor Dodig; and was described as a person who "had a gift to be able to mentor so many that he has touched in his years."

  • Philadelphia Quaker Merchants are considered by historian Frederick B. Tolles as mentors to American diplomat, scientist and co-writer of the Declaration of Independence Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790). Franklin was a mentor to British surgeon and anatomist William Hewson (1739-1774).

  • New York City-born university president, U.S. Senator, civil rights leader, advocate for youth service organizations, and often credited as the person who tipped the scales to get JFK elected president Harris Wofford (1926-2019) is a mentor to advocate for youth development and senior executive with national non-profits John Gomperts, who said, "Harris isn't the kind of mentor you'd expect. He doesn't dispense advice. Instead, he befriends, tells stories, shares ideas, and tries to live up to his ideals and beliefs....He never tells anyone waht to do. But he sets a strong example, he shows the way through his actions, and he invites and encourages people like me to act in the same way. Thank you, Harris, for showing me the kind of man I want to be."

  • Montreal-born writer, politician, constitutional lawyer and 15th Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau (1919-2000) was a mentor to Canadian parliamentarian, lawyer, law professor, cabinet minister, Canadian Senate member and Canada's first MP of Arab descent Pierre De Bané (1939-2019).

  • Ontario-born former Canadian politician, elected to Parliament from Victoria, British Columbia and currently overseeing national security and intelligence activities for the Government of Canada Murray Rankin is a mentor to British Columbia-born Canadian politician, elected to Parliament from Victoria, British Columbia in 2019 Laurel Collins.

  • French Catholic social activist and theologian Peter Maurin (1877-1949) was a mentor to Dorothy Day (1897-1980), an American journalist and founder of the Catholic Worker Movement who is a mentor to American author, child psychiatrist and professor emeritus at Harvard University Robert Coles.

  • American psychiatrist and the "father of cognitive therapy" Aaron T. Beck was a mentor to American self-help author, minister and counselor Hugh Prather (138-2010).

  • American clergyman, Chaplain at Yale University, civil rights activist and anti-war advocate William Sloane Coffin (1924-2006) is a mentor to Rev. Scotty McLennan; writer and lawyer Glennia Campbell; and rabbi Or N. Rose.

  • Former governor of Louisiana (2004-2008), politician and teacher Kathleen Blanco (1943-2019) is a mentor to Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards.

  • Fomer mayor of Kelowna, British Columbia Jim Stuart (1936-2020) is a mentor to former mayor of Kelowna Walter Gray.

  • Retired Victoria, British Columbia former city councillor and non-profit leader Bea Holland (1933-2020) is a mentor to current city councillor Chris Coleman, who said of his mentor, "She taught me to be quiet and listen."

  • American theologian, commentator on politics and public affairs and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) was a mentor to American foreign policy advisor and contributor to the founding of the United Nations Dorothy Fosdick (1913-1997).

  • American lawyer, founder of the Eagle Forum, mother and grandmother best known for her efforts to prevent the ratification of the equal rights amendment (ERA) in the 1970s and her efforts to empower women in the conservative movement to speak out and speak boldly for themselves; and one of the first people to understand the importance of grass roots organizing Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) is a mentor to Eagle Forum leader Gayle Ruzicka; and former executive with the Eagle Forum Cathie Adams; and from a distance became a mentor to thousands of women.

  • Roman emperor Julius Caesar was a mentor to Octavian. MentorResources tells the story of their mentoring relationship: Julius Caesar had no son. In the final years of his life, he needed to choose an heir. Octavius was Caesar's great-nephew and closest male relative so Caesar adopted him. He took the young Octavius and travelled to Spain to fight Pompeians. Over the course of two or three years Caesar injected everything he knew about leadership, war and statesmanship into the young man, preparing him as the heir to Rome. Octavius was named as heir before Caesar was assassinated, but Octavius didn't learn that until after his mentor's death. So the young and frail Octavius was tapped to lead. Octavius took everything he learned from his mentor and made it his own, ruling Rome for 40 years and eventually ascending to emperor. His peers named him 'Augustus' which means revered one. He didn't have an easy task as Rome was in utter chaos when Caesar died and it took more than 25 years for Octavius to establish himself as Caesar's heir and take total control of Rome when he became Imperator Caesar Augustus on January 16th, 17 BCE. Augustus surpassed his great-uncle in power and longevity, establishing the beginning of Pax Romana, founding the Roman Empire to last for nearly 1,500 years."

  • Scotland-born editor, author of over 100 books, poet, intelligence officer and former Governor-General of Canada John Buchan (1875-1940) was a mentor to Italian-British scholar and historian Roberto Weiss (1906-1969). One of Mr. Buchan's books, The Thirty-Nine Steps was made into a classic film by Alfred Hitchcock. Mr. Buchan said "The secret of life is to find out what one really wants."

  • Former American ambassador to Ireland who played a major role in peace negotiations and last surviving sibling of JFK Jean Kennedy Smith (1927-2020) was described as "a generous mentor" by former American ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.

  • Newspaper publisher and political advisor Thurlow Weed (1797-1882) as a mentor to New York politician, Governor of New York, U.S. Senator and U.S. Secretary of State (under Abraham Lincoln) William H. Seward (1801-1872).

  • American politician and civil rights leader John Lewis (1940-2020) is a mentor to American politicianHank Johnson.

  • Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation John Ross (1790-1866) was mentored by Cherokee elders Pathkiller (1720-1828), Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation; Charles R. Hicks(1767-1827), Cherokee leader; and Major Ridge (1771-1839), Cherokee leader, warrior and lawmaker.

  • South Carolina-born Morehouse College professor, Christian minister and African American educator Dr. Benjamin E. Mays (1894-1984) was a mentor to African American minister and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968). Dr. Mays once said, "Our greatest fears are often of things that do not happen."

  • French philosopher and mathematician Jean Le Rond d'Alembert (1717-1783) was a mentor to French philosopher of the Enlightenment, advocate of educational reform and women's rights, and member of the Academy of Sciences Marie-Jean-Antoine-Nicolas de Caritat, marquis de Condorcet (1743-1794).

  • Irish political leader and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize John Hume (1937-2020) is a mentor to Northern Ireland poltical leader Mark Durkan.

  • British nurse, social reformer and the foundational philosopher of modern nursing Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) was known to have mentored many nurses in her day and archival research reveals that she developed a mentor-style relationship as her way of working with other nurses. In an article on mentoring in nursing in the journal Nursing Outlook (October, 1991), the author concludes: "Most nurses today have or have had mentors. Several historical nurse leaders also had mentors. Florence Nightingale's mentor gave her the opportunity to work as a nurse during the Crimean War. Linda Richards, Mary Adelaide Nutting, and Annie Goodrich were all encouraged by their respective mentors to develop professionally."

  • British politician who twice served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) was a mentor to British statesman Lord Randolph Churchill (1849-1895), father of Sir Winston Churchill.

  • French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) was mentored by French polymath and prime number mathematician P�re Mersenne (1588-1648).

  • Trenton, New Jersey-born American military commander General Norman Schwarzkopf (1934-2012) was a mentor to author and West Point graduate Gus Lee. "His mentoring changed my life, shaped my work in ethics and character-based leader development, and helped uplift my marriage and the lives of our children. He had me practice what I feared: honor people I dislike; take responsibility without excuses, gossip or blame; speak truth to tough bosses; fearlessly correct wrongs; and act calmly in the face of stress without anger or seeking the approval of others. No one achieves character without hardship; this was as easy as a self-inflicted root canal."

  • Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Jonathan Switft (1667-1745) was a mentor to writer Esther Johnson (1681-1728). There is some evidence that the two were secretly married.

  • Founder of modern geology and priest Adam Sedgwick (1785-1873) was a mentor to Charles Darwin (1809-1882), a British naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution.

  • American founder of the Hillside International Truth Center in Atlanta Bishop Barbara King (1929-2020) is a mentor to spiritual activist, author and former candidate for president of the United States Marianne Williamson, who said of his mentor, "she always encouraged me, inspired me, and made it clear she was with me all the way.

  • Canadian 17th Prime Minister, party leader, scholar, athlete and attorney general John Napier Turner (1929-2020) is a mentor to journalist Art Milnes; 21st Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin; and Founder of Institutional Capital Management (ICM) Bob Moore who reinforced what he called "The Turner Model of Mentorship. "I asked John many times over the course of our long and prized relationship how I might ever repay him. John taught me that the best way to repay a mentor is to become one. Perhaps the best I can do is say thank you. Thank you for holding the Mirror of Truth steady and constant, helping me see my reflection. Thank you for sharing the Turner Model that has been ICM�s foundation, helping sustain our client-centered success for 20 years."

  • Indian politician and the first female Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi (1917-1984) was a mentor to college teacher, former president of India and a politician who held several cabinet positions over five decades in India's government Pranah Mukharjee (1935-2020), who died of COVID-19.

  • American politician, businessman and diplomat and 48th Governor of New YorkAverell Harriman(1891-1986) was a mentor to member of JFK's National Security Council and U.S. foreign policy analyst Michael Forrestal (1927-1989).

  • Former U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice and Austrian-American lawyer and professor Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965) was a mentor to American Cold War policy policy analyst, graduate of Yale University, and undersecretary of the treasury during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration in 1933 Dean Acheson (1893-1971).

  • Former American senior Foreign Service Soviet expert and judge Robert F. Kelly (1935-) was a mentor to American diplomat and historian and advocate of containment of the Soviet Union expansion during the Cold War George Kennan (1904-2005).

  • U.S. Army Chief of Staff and former U.S. Secretary of State General George C. Marshall (1880-1959) was a mentor to American Secretary of Defense (1951-1953) and Republican investment banker Robert Lovett (1895-1986).

  • American statesman, lawyer, Republican Party politician and U.S. Secretary of War during WWII Henry Stimson (1867-1950) was a mentor to American statesman, lawyer and banker and Assistant Secretary of War during WWII John McCloy (1895-1989).

  • Ambassador to the Soviet Union George Kennan (1904-2005) was a mentor to American diplomat Charles Bohlen (1904-1974).

  • Berlin-born German teacher and theologian Albrecht Ritschl (1822-1889) was a mentor to German philosopher, philologist and author, who challenged many prevailing thoughts about philosophy and religion, yet "his life-affirming ideas, have inspired leading figures in all walks of cultural life Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900), who was considered a mentor to Russian-born, intellectual and psychoanalyst Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861-1937).

George W. Bush: Admires a statue of his mentor, Bob Bullock, who was a Democrat and Lt. Governor of Texas
Robert Menzies: Australian Prime Minister mentored other leaders
Harold Holt: An Aussie Prime Minister who grew with mentoring
Malcom Fraser: Australian Prime Minister used Holt's mentor
Helmut Kohl: Mentored early in his career by Konrad Adenauer

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