299: Janice Bryant Howroyd | First African American Woman To Run A $1-Billion Business


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Growing up in the segregated South in a family of eleven children and nurtured by a loving mother and father, Janice Bryant Howroyd faced racism and sexism in addition to the challenges faced by every new business owner. None of that stopped her from becoming the first black woman to own a billion-dollar business.
Janice Bryant Howroyd, a North Carolina native, left her hometown in 1976 armed with $900. Two years later she founded ActOne, which she grew into a multibillion-dollar global organization that now leads the human resources industry. With 2,000+ employees across more than twenty countries, ActOne Group is the largest privately held, woman-owned workforce solutions company in the world. A businesswoman, entrepreneur, educator, and ambassador, Janice has also worked with U.S. presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. In 2016 she was appointed by President Obama as an advisor on HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), and continues her service. Her passion for education, mentorship, and self-empowerment initiatives has earned her extensive professional and philanthropic recognition. Her passion to support women and next generations in achieving their dreams of self fulfillment are key motivators to her sharing her story.
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