Erin Joy, Owner

Black Dress Partners, Founder of MWBOC

erin_joyA third-generation female entrepreneur, Erin Joy understands the rewards and challenges of owning your own company. As a child, she played “office” under her mother’s desk. Today, she helps other women unlock the potential in their own companies — and in themselves.

Self-employed her entire career, Erin founded Black Dress Partners in 2011 to propel success in fellow entrepreneurial companies. Using the keen insight, innovative strategies, and effective practices gleaned from more than two decades in business, Erin astutely assesses and successfully transforms underperforming businesses; her consulting and executive coaching services, designed to help business leaders diagnose and overcome the obstacles that prohibit their business from reaching the next level, have improved the productivity, efficiency, and profitability of companies across many industries.

Black Dress Partners’ introduced Black Dress Circle® in 2012, a facilitated, member-driven roundtable exclusively for female second-stage entrepreneurs. As a certified PeerSpectives facilitator through the Edward Lowe Foundation, Erin has introduced this proven peer-based program to St. Louis in order to address the common challenges faced by women leading growing organizations.

In 2015, Erin and her team conceived the Midwest Women Business Owners’ Conference — an educational, interactive event bringing top female business owners together to reveal, discuss, and explore the findings of the WBO 360° Annual Report. Annually, a WBO 360° organizational and leadership survey will be completed by thousands of women business owners in different geographic regions for dual purposes-developing this valuable, data-driven report and revealing the findings at a Women Business Owners’ Conference.

Erin received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from University of Missouri-Columbia and her Master’s of Arts in Human Resources Management from Washington University in St. Louis. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Business Psychology from The Chicago School of Business.

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