Deidre Mathis has firmly inserted herself into the hospitality and travel industries with the creation of Wanderstay Houston, private and shared accommodations catering to budget conscious travelers. Mathis is the first Black woman to own a hostel in the United States, and she has built a multi-faceted brand that spans over a decade.
Having traveled to over 41 countries on all 7 continents, Mathis fell in love with the instant community and cultural diversity hostels provided. She wanted to bring that same experience stateside, and thus the concept for Wanderstay was born. The first location opened in Houston, TX in 2018.
Mathis’ motivational story has been featured in Forbes, USA Today, Essence, Black Enterprise, the Houston Chronicle, and Houston Style Magazine among others, and she has made numerous television appearances including Great Day Houston, First Coast Living, WBTV CBS, and Houston Life dispensing travel advice and tips. She included many of her travel experiences in her book, “Wanderlust: For the Young, Broke Professional”, which helps people looking to enrich their lives by exploring the world.
Mathis holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Florida A&M University, a master’s degree in corporate communications from Bowie State University and a graduate certificate in Tourism Management from the George Washington School of Business. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Accolades for Deidre include:
Winning over $30,000 in 6 business pitch competitions, including:
°1st place Urban League Local AND National Pitch Competitions
°1st place Houston Liftoff Competition Winner
°1st place Capital One GDTB Winner
°2nd place Texas Black Expo Pitch Winner
°3rd place HCC Business Plan Competition Winner
°Tory Burch 2019 Fellow
°New Leaders Council (NLC) 2018 Houston Fellow
°Leadership Houston, Class 37