ActOne Group: Janice Bryant Howroyd

Janice Bryant Howroyd
Marcus Marritt for NPR
Janice Bryant Howroyd

Marcus Marritt for NPR

In the late 1970s Janice Bryant Howroyd moved to Los Angeles and began temping as a secretary.

She soon realized there were many other young people in situations similar to hers.

So with $1,500 in her pocket, Janice rented an office in Beverly Hills and created the staffing company ACT-1.

Today, ActOne Group is an international workforce management company, making Janice Bryant Howroyd the first African-American woman to own a billion-dollar business.

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