Deidre's Bio

Hotelier, Budget Travel Expert & Author

Deidre Mathis is a hotelier, author, and world traveler. She created Wanderstay Hospitality Group, a hybrid hospitality brand in 2018. The first location, Wanderstay Houston Hostel, opened summer 2018 in Houston, Texas and offers themed private and shared accommodations. The 2nd location, a boutique hotel, will open in 2022. Mathis is the first Black woman to own a hostel in the United States. Mathis is also the Director for the Wander Abroad Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization that provides passports and short-term study abroad programs to college students. (

Having traveled to over 46 countries on all 7 continents, she fell in love with the instant community and cultural diversity boutique accommodations provided. She wanted to bring that same experience stateside, and thus the concept for Wanderstay was born.

She included many of her travel experiences in her book, “Wanderlust: For the Young, Broke Professional.”

Mathis’ motivational story has been featured in Forbes Magazine, USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, and the Houston Chronicle. She has made numerous television appearances including Great Day Houston, First Coast Living, WBTV CBS, and Houston Life dispensing travel advice and tips.

Mathis earned 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 past Tory Burch Fellow and a Beyonce BeyGood entrepreneur grant recipient. In 2020 she earned a coveted spot as a 40 Under 40 Cohort Member for Houston’s Business Journal.

Mathis is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and is married with an infant daughter.

Accolades for Deidre include:

Winning over $95,000 in business pitch competitions, including:
°1st place Bank of America/Mastercard GROW YOUR BIZ Pitch Competition
°1st place Urban League Local AND National Pitch Competitions
°1st place Houston Liftoff Competition Winner
°1st place Capital One GDTB Winner
°2nd place New Voices Fund Pitch
°2nd place Texas Black Expo Pitch Winner
°3rd place HCC Business Plan Competition Winner
°Beyoncés BeyGOOD/NAACP Minority Small Business Grant Recipient

Professional Development:
°Certificate of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Florida Atlantic University
°Tory Burch 2019 Fellow
°New Leaders Council (NLC) 2018 Houston Fellow
°Leadership Houston, Class 37
°1863 Pipeline Program Cohort 2



Accolades for Deidre include:

Winning over $95,000 in business pitch competitions, including:

Professional Development: