Janice Bryant HowroydActOne Group
North Carolina native and entrepreneur Janice Bryant Howroyd headed to Los Angeles to follow her dreams with nothing more than $1,500, a $900 loan from her mother, a fax machine and a phone. Through hard work and perseverance, she is now the first African American woman CEO and Founder of the largest privately held, minority-woman-owned billion-dollar company. Operating in more than 19 countries around the world, ActOne Group is a global leader in providing employment, workforce management, and procurement services to a wide range of industries. In addition to creating cutting edge solutions that serve business communities around the globe, she serves as an educator, ambassador, author and mentor. Bryant Howroyd was appointed a USA Ambassador of Energy at the White House and received an appointment by President Barack Obama in 2016 as a member of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Year appointed: 1978