As the founder and executive consultant behind Black Dress Circle, Erin Joy uses over 25 years’ experience in entrepreneurship, roundtable facilitation, business strategy, and executive coaching to help fellow female business owners launch, propel, and grow their companies. Through one-on-one coaching, she provides clients with the resources, accountability, and guidance they need to thrive. Through customized coaching packages based on navigating clients’ most pressing business challenges—from HR to growth to preparing to sell to mindset and wellbeing—she gives women business owners the space and opportunity to leverage challenges into opportunities and solve for success.

Erin is committed to uplifting other entrepreneurs and accomplishes that goal through a variety of avenues. Since founding Black Dress Circle, Erin has hosted over 300 roundtables, 200 group coaching calls, 70 live events, and 1000 online events, and the company continues to serve over 60 clients. She also created and led the national award-winning Midwest Women Business Owners’ Conference; released an anthology of advice from women business owners titled The Anatomy of Accomplishment: Your Guide to Bigger, Better, Bolder Business Results; and has been featured in USA Today, the St. Louis Business Journal, and Entrepreneur Quarterly, among other publications.

Erin is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Business Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology to enhance her ability to connect with and support women in business on both a professional and emotional level. In 2016 and 2019, she was designated as one of the top 100 St. Louisans to know, and she was also recognized with an international Enterprising Women of the Year Champion Award in 2019. Erin makes collaboration and empowerment a priority in every facet of her life – from helping female business owners thrive to uplifting the people of her local community to setting an example for her own daughter, Audrey, and the next generation of women who will lead.

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