ActOne Group: Janice Bryant Howroyd (2018)

Janice Bryant Howroyd is the founder of Act-1.
Marcus Marritt for NPR
Janice Bryant Howroyd is the founder of Act-1.

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.