Dr. Chris Michael Mendoza
Dr. Chris Mendoza is Visiting Research Affiliate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in the MIT AgeLab where he is a consultant on diversity and cultural marketing studies and projects. Most recently he was at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual Financial Group) responsible for leading and implementing the business strategy to reach diverse consumers and recruit cultural producers to its distribution system. He held similar positions at Allstate and Nationwide Insurance Companies. In addition to being a certified diversity trainer, he serves on the National Hispanic Advisory Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and is a board member of the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts. With 28 years of experience in the financial services industry, Chris started his career as a multiline agency owner for Allstate in his hometown of El Paso, Texas. Over his career, he has progressed through various levels of management and responsibility in sales, operations, and administration. Chris is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso and holds advanced degrees in business administration. His thought leadership and research about the Hispanic market and minority small business owners is published in academic, business, and industry trade publications. Chris teaches marketing and management courses through the University of Phoenix, and mentors doctoral students as they pursue their degrees.