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A third-generation female entrepreneur, Erin Joy understands the rewards and challenges of starting a company and fueling its success. She has made it her life’s mission to provide female business owners with the resources, services, and support they need to be successful in business and life.

After 15 years spent selling and consulting in the real estate industry, Erin founded Black Dress Partners in 2011 to help guide businesses in all sectors facing a variety of challenges–from underperformance to fast, unexpected growth. Erin’s consulting and executive coaching services have improved the productivity, efficiency, and profitability of organizations across many industries.

In response to market need, Black Dress Partners introduced Black Dress Circle®, facilitated, member-driven roundtables exclusively for female business owners. As a certified PeerSpectives facilitator through the Edward Lowe Foundation, Erin created this peer-based program in order to address the common challenges faced by women leading emerging and evolving organizations.

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In 2015, Erin and her team conceived the Midwest Women Business Owners’ Conference—an educational, interactive event bringing powerful female business owners together to discuss relevant, provocative business topics. Annually, the event features high-performing business leaders addressing management, marketing, and operational challenges, and explores best practices for growth, mindset, corporate culture, employee retention, and more.

Black Dress Partners has been recognized several years in a row as a top consulting firm in the St. Louis area and Erin was designated one of the top 100 St. Louisans to know in 2016. Erin received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from University of Missouri-Columbia and her Master 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 Professional Psychology .

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The amount of talent among women business owners in St. Louis continually blows me away. Everyone has a distinct story, their own particular triumph, even a transformational defeat—everyone has someTHING that someONE will identify with, take to heart, and use to change their life, business or outlook.
–Erin Joy


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