Janice Bryant Howroyd

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Janice Bryant Howroyd
Janice Bryant

(1952-09-01) September 1, 1952 (age 66)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Alma materNorth Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
OccupationFounder and CEO, ACT-1 Group
Years active1978–present
Net worth$520 Million (2018)[1]
Spouse(s)Bernard Howroyd
ChildrenBrett Howroyd Katharyn 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,[2] the largest privately held, minority woman owned workforce solutions company founded in the U.S.[3][4] 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.[5] Howroyd is most well known as being the first African American Woman to build and own a billion dollar company.[6][7]

Early years[edit]

Born September 1, 1952 as Janice Bryant in Tarboro, North Carolina, Howroyd was the fourth of eleven children in her family.[8] As a teen, Howroyd was one of the first African American students to desegregate her town's previously segregated high school.[9][10]

Janice Howroyd was sent to an all white wherein a class she had her teacher felt that any person of African descent was only good as slaves and felt that affirmative action was wrong for the country.[11] Even though she had many obstacles during her matriculation during high school she kept her faith and kept pushing through. She didn't like the school that she had attended so she had begged her father to switch schools. Her goal was to perform well enough to get a full scholarship to North Carolina A&T in which she had earned a bachelors degree in English.

Howroyd had an interview with CNBC in which she states that "You don't become the first African-American women to own a billion-dollar company overnight."[citation needed] Howroyd's journey made her the women that she was destined to become. Howroyd journey had begun with her battle of civil rights. Howroyd was enrolled in a school in the south which was an integrated school. She stated that her teacher had spoken about how African Americans were well suited to be slaves during that time.[citation needed]


In 1976, Howroyd moved to Los Angeles, California and worked as a temporary secretary for her brother-in-law Tom Noonan at Billboard magazine.[12][13][14][15]

While at Billboard, Tom Noonan introduced Howroyd to business executives, celebrities, travel, diversity in the workplace and decision-making in ways she had not previously been exposed to.[12]

Armed with industry experience and knowledge, and with little more than $1,000.00,[16][17] Howroyd continued to focus on employment services and launched her own company, The ACT•1 Group, in a small Beverly Hills, California office in 1978 with Tom Noonan as her first client.[18]


According to Bloomberg L.P., "ACT-1 Group, Inc. provides employment, workforce management, and procurement solutions to Fortune 500 organizations, local and mid-market companies, and government agencies."[19]

Howroyd's companies under Act-1 Group include AppleOne, a global provider of dedicated hiring advisors, personalized talent acquisition, secure data environment, specialized recruiting consultancy and seasonal workforce augmentation;[20] All's Well, focused on healthcare staffing;[21] AT-Tech, a technical recruitment and professional staffing services company;[22] ACT•1 Personnel Services, offering boutique talent recruitment teams that service niche markets;[23] Agile•1, a business process outsourcing company focused on global workforce and procurement solutions, proprietary technology, secured data environment, industry specialists and customized solutions;[24] ACT•1Govt, providing a wide range of services to federal government customers;[25] ACheck Global, a global screening service offering background services, drug screening, compliance support secure cloud computing and electronic I-9 and e-Verify;[26] and, DSSI, a full-service content and document management solutions provider for commercial, entertainment, government, and healthcare companies.[27]

Operating in 19 countries including Canada, Netherlands, India, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, Hong Kong, Japan and the United States, Act-1 Group professionals bring corporate HR initiatives to local and global markets.[1][28]


Howroyd is an ambassador of the Department of Energy's Minorities in Energy Initiative,[29] a board member to numerous organizations including the United States Department of Labor's Workforce Initiative Board,[30] Women's Business Enterprise National Council, WeConnect, National Utilities Diversity Council, Harvard Women's Leadership Board, California Science Center, Los Angeles Urban League and a member of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Services and Finance Industries of the U.S. Trade Representative and the United States Department of Commerce. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.[5]

In May 2016 Howroyd received a key Presidential appointment by President Barack Obama as a member of the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.[31][32][33] In 2017 Howroyd joined the Diversity Committee of the FCC.[34]


Howroyd, according to the National Association of Women Business Owners, is "an individual who has had a significant impact on the well-being of her community and who has had the foresight and generosity to recognize that her success is best savored when she pays it forward."[35] Via scholarship funding and personal service, she supports universities[36] (Harvard University, University of Southern California,[37] California State University, San Bernardino and her own alma mater, North Carolina A&T),[38] women's support organizations (WBENC,[39] WPO, The Trusteeship[40]), Minority serving organizations (NMSDC, Urban League, LAEDC, NUDC[41] and more), and is a mentor to others through personal work and media engagements.[42][43][44][45][46]

As a community leader and advocate for education, she lends her guidance to select organizations that include the International Trade Advisory Commission Board, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporate Board, and the Women's Leadership Board of the Kennedy School of Government/Harvard University.[47] Howroyd has traveled to over fifty countries promoting education and the powerful impact it has on communities around the world. Her accomplishments, both personal and professional, are inspired by her deep faith and her love for her family. She says, "One cannot effectively lead without passionately serving."[48][49]

Howroyd has said that one of the greatest gifts of her business is that it enables her to help others.[50][51]


The Art of Work - How to Make Work, Work for You![citation needed]

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Janice Bryant Howroyd & family". Forbes.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  2. ^ "About ACT•1". ACT•1.
  3. ^ La-Keya Stinchcomb. "Janice Bryant Howroyd: First black woman to own billion dollar c - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports". Wtoc.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  4. ^ "ACT•1 The Largest Certified Woman-Minority-Owned Staffing Agency in the U.S". Act-1.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  5. ^ a b "ACT•1 Group". Act1group.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  6. ^ http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-himi-howroyd-20180211-htmlstory.html
  7. ^ https://www.ajc.com/news/local/janice-bryant-howroyd-becomes-first-african-american-woman-run-billion-dollar-business/vxum8n7iXiQjsDf3axdDGM/
  8. ^ "Entrepreneur Mom: Janice Bryant Howroyd". Working Mother. 2008-10-28. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  9. ^ "From Beyonce to Janice Bryant Howroyd, 14 black women who changed business and finance". Cnbc.com. 2017-02-14. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  10. ^ "Janice Bryant Howroyd facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Janice Bryant Howroyd". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  11. ^ "Janice Bryant Howroyd 1952— Biography - sources for further information". www.referenceforbusiness.com. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  12. ^ a b "Janice Bryant Howroyd: The Boss". Her Daily. 2016-07-03. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  13. ^ Uwumarogie, Victoria. "Women Of Black History: 5 Things To Know About Janice Bryant Howroyd". Madamenoire.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  14. ^ "How Janice Bryant Howroyd puts humanity in human resources at Act 1 Group - Smart Business Magazine". Sbnonline.com. 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  15. ^ James Flanigan (2009-10-14). "Being the Entrepreneur of Your Own Career". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  16. ^ "25 Black Women Entrepreneurs". Essence.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  17. ^ "Janice Bryant Howroyd facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Janice Bryant Howroyd". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  18. ^ "janice bryant howroyd interview". Makingittv.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  19. ^ "ACT.1 Group, Inc.: Private Company Information". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  20. ^ "About AppleOne". Appleone.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  21. ^ "Our Company". Allswell.net. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  22. ^ "Decades of Experience and Insight :: AT-Tech". Act1tech.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  23. ^ "Staffing | temporary employees | Temporary Staffing | temp-to-hire | personnel staffing |". Act-1.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  24. ^ "Company Experience | - Agile•1". Agile-1.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  25. ^ "ACT•1 Government". Govt.act1group.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  26. ^ "Welcome To A-Check Global". Acheckglobal.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  27. ^ "ACT•1 Talent & Technology". Act-1.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  28. ^ "ACT•1 Group". Act1group.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  29. ^ "Janice Bryant Howroyd". United States Department of Energy.
  30. ^ "Layout 1" (PDF). Hks.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  31. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". Whitehouse.gov. 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  32. ^ "Obama Appoints Our A.G. Gaston Award Recipient". Blackenterprise.com. 2016-05-06. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  33. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-12-23. Retrieved 2017-02-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  34. ^ https://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/fcc-names-diversity-committee-members-168463
  35. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-01-04. Retrieved 2017-01-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  36. ^ Janice Bryant-Howroyd. "Janice Bryant-Howroyd: Executive Profile & Biography". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  37. ^ "Janice Bryant Howroyd Gives $10 Million to USC College > News > USC Dornsife". Dornsife.usc.edu. 2005-03-01. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  38. ^ "Janice Bryant Howroyd, Board Of Trustees Member And Entrepreneur - North Carolina A&T State University". Ncat.edu. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  39. ^ "WBENC Presidents Report February 2017 by WBENC". Issuu.com. 2017-02-22. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  40. ^ "Janice Bryant Howroyd Member Spotlight – January 7". The Trusteeship. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  41. ^ "National Utilities Diversity Council - Janice Bryant Howroyd". Nudc.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  42. ^ "ACT•1 Talent & Technology". Act-1.com. 2005-01-12. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  43. ^ "PhD Project Elects Janice Bryant Howroyd, Act•1 Group Chairman and CEO, to Its Board". Business Wire. 2009-12-16. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  44. ^ "NSLS speaker broadcast features Janice Bryant Howroyd | UVa-Wise". Uvawise.edu. 2016-02-23. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  45. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/03/13/push-get-more-african-americans-into-tech-leads-sxsw/99103260/
  46. ^ https://rollingout.com/2018/03/22/john-hope-bryant-addresses-cringeworthy-8-net-worth-of-blacks/
  47. ^ "Janice Bryant Howroyd | White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities". Sites.ed.gov. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  48. ^ "15 Black-Owned Businesses You Should Support on Black Friday – Black to Business". Blacktobusiness.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  49. ^ "Page 12 - FSMSDC Business Expo Program Book". Sfmsdc.org. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  50. ^ "Janice Bryant Howroyd Selected as a Entrepreneur Of The Year". Blackenterprise.com. 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  51. ^ "Women's History Month Exclusive: Interview With Businesswoman Janice Bryant-Howroyd". Bet.com. 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  52. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-01-04. Retrieved 2017-01-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  53. ^ "2015 Class of Inductees/Past Inductees - National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame". Nbcahof.com. 2015-10-30. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  54. ^ "Billion Dollar Businesswoman Receives Top Award". Blackenterprise.com. 2016-04-22. Retrieved 2017-02-28.

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