Janice Bryant Howroyd

Janice Bryant Howroyd


Janice Bryant Howroyd

Janice Bryant Howroyd (born September 1, 1952) is an entrepreneur, educator, ambassador, businesswoman, author, and mentor. She is founder and Chief Executive Officer of the ACT-1 Group,the largest privately held, woman owned workforce solutions company founded in the U.S.The Act-1 Group also holds a Minority ownership status and is a multibillion-dollar (USD) award-winning international Talent and Talent Technology enterprise with multiple divisions operating in 19 countries with over 17,000 clients and 2,600 employees worldwide.

Her personal motto is “Never compromise who you are personally to become who you wish to be professionally.”

The moment that pushed this multimillionaire to succeed


As a teenager, Howroyd was one of the first black students to attend her North Carolina hometown’s previously segregated high school. As founder and CEO of staffing agency ACT-1, she became the first black woman to own a billion-dollar company. ACT-1 is also the largest certified woman-minority-owned staffing agency in the U.S. When she started out, she tells CNBC, all she had was a “brain, a phone and a phonebook.”

About the Founder


Meet the first African-American woman with a $1 billion business


Janice Bryant Howroyd, founder and CEO of ACT-1 Group, the largest employment agency in the United States owned by a minority woman, speaks to TODAY special correspondent Jenna Bush Hager for the week-long series of profiles of successful women, and reveals her mantras and inspirations.

Entrepreneurs Conference: How Janice Bryant Howroyd Built A Billion-Dollar Business


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