Leigh is an innovator, business woman, educator, mentor and speaker. She runs a portfolio of projects that address her interests.
Leigh is active in the innovation ecosystem of Berkeley and the broader Silicon Valley. She is co-founder of SkyDeck, UC Berkeley's premier accelerator; she sits on SkyDeck’s executive Strategy Council, is a SkyAdvisor and represents SkyDeck globally as a speaker. Leigh is co-founder of Seoul’s HanYang University Global Alliance Council that gives incubation and acceleration support to local startups, to enable HYU to realize its vision become the innovation gateway for South Korea.
Leigh is President of the Teece Family Foundation, which has contributed to teacher and student-focused experiential learning opportunities for the last 30 years. It has provided funding and fellowships to the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, St Petersburg State University (Goedinghaus Fellowships), Phillips Andover Academy, the Eaglebrook Junior Boarding School and Bentley School, among others. Leigh is also founder and Chair of World Mentor and director of its premier program, Mentored Pathways, which has mentored over 50,000 primarily high schools students online, one-on-one with professionals as mentors, for multiple semesters since 1995.
In collaboration with Stanford’s Hoover Institute, Leigh is leading the creation of a full-fledged partnership between top U.S. research universities and high-level U.S.congressional leaders to achieve agreement on the fair use of intellectual property.
Leigh is a nine-year member of the Advisory Board of the Kravis Leadership Institute of Claremont McKenna College and leads the growth of the start-up Kravis Labs for CMC. She sits on the Advisory Board of the award-winning non-profit, Global Citizen Year, which provides curated gap-year options for students.
Leigh is newly founding the Advisory Board for SkillZilla (Japan); she is mentor creator/manager for BridgeUSA.
Leigh is co-founder and owner of Mt Beautiful Winery and Teece Family Farms in New Zealand. Her special interest in promoting Women in Wine is reflected on www.mtbeautifulwines.com.
Leigh is actively involved in several women’s leadership projects. She is co-founder of the meta-program, the Global Council on Woman & Power. Leigh sits on the Executive Board of Women Leaders of the World (WLW), founded in 2004, and is a Global Advisor of How Women Lead in the WLW group.
Art, Music and Theatre:
Leigh is a proactive eight-year member of the Board of Cal Berkeley's premier art, music and theatre group, Cal Performances; among other roles, Leigh leads the Board’s development of its futuristic Performing Arts Center.
Prior to proudly raising four industrious children, Leigh was a research assistant at the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, co-founder and Senior Vice President of Technology Interlink, Vice President of Technology Funding Venture Capital, and Vice President of Wells Fargo & Co.
Leigh earned her MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and her BA from the University of Southern California’s School of International Relations. Her commitment to life-long learning is reflected in her receipt of Columbia University's School of Business's Certificate in Executive Education.