Joi Gordon: CEO, Dress for Success

Joi Gordon is chief executive officer of Dress for Success Worldwide, an international grassroots organization that has provided professional attire, support and career development tools to more than 600,000 disadvantaged women since 1997.  In this role, Joi oversees an affiliate network that now spans more than 110 cities in 10 countries.  She is responsible for strengthening the Dress for Success brand, implementing innovative programming and developing collaborative relationships with corporations, foundations and individuals who share the organization’s mission.  Joi is committed to positioning Dress for Success as an acknowledged leader in advancing the economic and social development of women.

Among her professional activities and accomplishments, Joi serves on the non profit board of America’s Charities, a non profit leader in workplace giving. Additionally she has served on the corporate board of directors of Urban Brands, owner of Ashley Stewart a leading specialty retailer that targets the fashion-savvy urban woman, and several women’s advisory councils including American Airlines, Office Depot and VOICE, an imprint of Hyperion Books.

Over the past several years a number of prominent institutions have recognized Joi for her achievements.  In 2009 she was presented with the Vice Chancellor’s Award from The American Foundation for the University of the West Indies, and named by Network Journal Magazine as one of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business in 2009.  In 2007 Joi received an Ellis Island Medal of Honor.  Office Depot, Harlem YMCA and Coalition of 100 Black Women in New York City, among other organizations, have presented Joi with community service and visionary awards to acknowledge her contributions.  A February 2007 cover story in Black Enterprise magazine recognized Joi’s leadership of Dress for Success as an example of successful social entrepreneurism.  She is also a member of the Greater Queens Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

Joi worked as an assistant district attorney in the Bronx Criminal Court prior to joining the non-profit sector.

Having earned her B.A. in radio/television broadcasting, Joi received a juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College Of Law.

Joi lives in Queens with her husband Errol, where they own and operate a fleet of luxury limousines.  Her greatest joys are her two children, Sydney and Nicholas.

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