The Modern-Day Renaissance Woman Joy M. Hutton

Joy M. Hutton, Founder of Joy of Consulting, On the Go GLAM, and The Restaurant Girl, is a Chicago native who has spent over a decade of her professional career assisting others in nonprofit leadership and business development. Joy received her undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. She then continued her education at DePaul University achieving a Master of Public Administration and is currently working on her MBA at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Additionally, Joy was our Houston Accelerator instructor for our 9-week PROSPECTUS program for ambitious women! Walker’s Legacy was eager to know more about Joy’s journey to success within business and entrepreneurship. 

Professional Background

Being the leader of three different businesses, Joy is the embodiment of a renaissance woman. She is diverse and showcases the life of a true girl boss.  Joy of Consulting is a management consulting firm that helps companies with their organizational structure through training and development. Their focus areas are process optimization, organizational development, and change management.

Joy’s second business is on the go GLAM, a beauty on-demand platform that delivers hair, makeup, and nail services when and where you want them. She came up with this idea after she traveled to Los Angeles for an event and didn’t have anyone available to do her makeup at 7 a.m. Joy thought, “wouldn’t it be great if there were an app where I can book someone to come to my hotel?” Lastly, Joy is also the founder of The Restaurant Girl, which is also a management consulting firm but for the hospitality industry.

Returning the Favor

In addition to accomplishing her own goals and reaching success within her own businesses, Joy actively gives back to her community. Joy is an advocate for small businesses and serves for many different organizations. A busy schedule: Joy is on the Board for Elevate Network — Houston; She was the Houston City Director for our accelerator program, PROSPECTUS; She is also the former Houston Venture Board Lead for Black Girl Ventures.

It doesn’t stop there — Joy serves on the Leadership Council for the National Small Business Association; She’s on the Young Professional Board for Liftfund, and she even serves as a mentor for young female entrepreneurs for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.

We asked Joy to share what she was most passionate about: 

“I am passionate about helping small businesses, particularly women of color entrepreneurs. As a woman of color entrepreneur, I want to close the gap that exists for gaining access to capital and increase the resources that are available so that we can operate high growth businesses.”

Keys to Success

When asked about the importance of mentorship, Joy expressed extreme gratitude and shared that having people to guide you throughout your journey is definitely a necessity. She says,

“Mentorship has been critical to my success as a professional and entrepreneur. My mentors have always forced me to think outside of the box and reflect on what I am truly passionate about.”

Joy expressed one of her most significant accomplishments as being recently awarded a proclamation by the City of Houston for her leadership in entrepreneurship. February 4, 2020 was named “Joy M. Hutton Day.” — What a notable achievement!

We asked Joy what she would like to see happen in the next five years. She shared her hope of women being able to quit having repetitive conversations about the disparities that exist and begin taking action! Throughout all of her experiences within the world of business and entrepreneurship for women of color, Joy’s ‘why’ is the fact that women of color are starting businesses at a record rate but do not have the necessary access to resources in order to succeed at their full potential. Joy’s goal is to be a part of changing that narrative!

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Danielle Thomas

Danielle is a current student at Towson University studying Business Administration with a Marketing concentration and a minor in Economics. With a strong passion for working towards the professional success of women, Danielle is a part of various student organizations such as Women in Business and MentHER. Danielle has also worked in multiple social media marketing roles throughout her academic career.

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