By d-mars.com News Provider
Texas Black Expo, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to stimulate growth and development within urban communities by strengthening businesses, inspiring youth, and building better lives. One of the organization’s recent events was the Texas Black Expo $10,000 Elevator Pitch Competition. Winning 2nd place was Deidre Mathis.
Deidre is well-known as a budget world traveler, author, and public speaker. She has traveled to more than 34 countries, 6 continents, and she has lived abroad in 3 of those countries. Her first book, Wanderlust: For the Young, Broke Professional has been supported in countries such as the U.A.E., China, and Australia. This acclaimed book has been featured twice in BLACK ENTERPRISE, and she has received recognition in USA TODAY as a Modern Woman. Other publications that have featured this book on a local and national level include Parlour Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, and Houstonia magazine.
Deidre is no stranger to television coverage, making appearances as the “go to” for travel advice and tips. She has graced the screens of Great Day Houston, First Coast Living, WBTV CBS, and other shows as a budget travel expert. Women’s travel conferences and colleges and universities have welcomed Deidre as an expert keynote speaker in the area of travel.
Deidre is excited about her latest project, the grand opening of her international hostel, Wanderlust Houston: A Texas Hostel. This hostel will open in Houston, TX, this summer. This hostel opening will make her a history maker, as she will be the first African-American female U.S. hostel owner. The hostel will be a safe, clean, budget-friendly accommodation option for travelers all over the world. She recently successfully completed a crowdfunding campaign where over 80 people came together to help her secure initial funding for this business endeavor. Deidre will employee up to 5 employees, and she will work with local colleges and universities to offer internships to students studying hospitality.
This opportunity for Deidre through the Texas Black Expo is what the organization is all about. “I want to thank Jerome Love and all those who were involved in putting this competition together. This is an amazing experience for a young business person such as myself. This 2nd place prize money of $1,500 will help me grow my business, which will be a part of helping to stimulate the economic growth in Houston,” Deidre says.
Please visit Wanderlust Houston on the web at wanderlusthouston.com and subscribe online to receive updates. You can follow Deidre on Instagram at @deidreworldwide and Wanderlust Houston on Instagram at @WanderlustHoustonHostel. To purchase her book Wanderlust: For the Young, Broke Professional, please visit wanderlustybp.com.
For more on the Texas Black Expo, please visit texasblackexpo.com.