Joy Lindsay is the Founder and CEO of Butterfly Dreamz, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that equips girls to be confident leaders and supports them in achieving their dreams through mentorship, scholarships, and youth-led community action. She also provides consulting services to nonprofits and social entrepreneurs, helping them build sustainable and impactful organizations. Joy is the author and publisher of several young adult books and has worked in consulting, finance, and public education management.
Joy is an AMEX 100 for 100 Founder of Change, a 2021 Echoing Green Social Innovation Challenge Awardee, and the recipient of the Impact100 Essex 2021 Impact Award. She is a proud member of the North Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Joy is passionate about education and has worked with youth in various capacities, including as a mentor, coach, and facilitator of enrichment programs, for more than fifteen years.
Joy holds a BBA in Finance from Howard University and an MPA in Nonprofit Management & Policy from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Joy is currently an Ed.M. candidate at Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where she is studying Human Development and Education and serving as an Identity Project Fellow, conducting research on adolescents’ ethnic-racial identity development and culturally sustaining pedagogy.
"Care more than others think is wise, Risk more than others think is safe, Dream more than others think is practical and Expect more than others think is possible." ~African Proverb
Through her research and practice, Joy aims to build equitable and impactful organizations that empower people from marginalized groups to lead authentically and achieve upward mobility.