Deirdre B. MendezAssistant Director, Center for International Business Education and Research
McCombs School of Business
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
B.A., Tulane University (magna cum laude)
Dr. Deirdre Mendez is the Assistant Director of the Center for International Business and Education Research (CIBER) in the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. In this role, she assists in the development of McCombs programs that increase international experience and expertise in the U.S. business community.
Prior to coming to UT in 2005, Dr. Mendez was a corporate strategist for US companies doing business in foreign markets. A Ph.D. in sociolinguistics, she founded Austin, Texas-based Foreign Business Management Consultants in 1986. She has nineteen years’ experience creating international market penetration strategies for US technology companies. FBMC’s client list includes 3M, Advanced Micro Devices, Tandem Computers, Dell Computer Corp. and International SEMATECH.
Dr. Mendez has led several initiatives to create an international strategy for Austin. She has led statewide business missions to overseas destinations and assisted Austin’s political leadership in forging ties with foreign governments. She has also published on Austin’s technopolis creation and advises international technopolis development projects. Deidre Mendez has been a pioneer in the internationalization of Central Texas. Founder of the Greater Austin International Coalition, she has also served as a member of the City of Austin’s Mayor’s Task Force on International Infrastructure, and is a member of the board of directors of the International Center of Austin and the Founders Advisory Council of WCIT2006.
Executive Development Programs by Deirdre Mendez: