Janice Bryant Howroyd
Founder & CEO
The Act •1 Group
Businesswoman, entrepreneur, educator, author, mentor, and Presidential Special Appointee, Janice Bryant Howroyd is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Act •1 Group, a global leader providing customized cutting edge workforce solutions in the human resources industry.
The Act •1 Group is a multi-billion dollar (USD) award-winning, international Talent and Talent Technology enterprise with multiple divisions that each service unique areas of employment and provide talent management solutions.
The Act •1 Group, (www.Act1Group.com) founded by Janice in 1978, now operates in 19 counties and offers services via AppleOne
(www.AppleOne.com Staffing), A-Check Global (www.ACheckGlobal.com Background Checks & Screening) and Agile-1 (www.Agile-1.com Workforce solutions delivered to mid-market and enterprise sized companies).
Janice has significantly invested in creating the industry’s most advanced technology and talent platform serving the ever-changing utility, energy and broadband communication space. Her vision, as an industry leader, is fostering connectivity between these sectors giving competitive advantage to clients engaged in cyclical markets. Her understanding of global market demographics and trends has made her a highly sought after ambassador, speaker and commentator on global business issues.
Notable business accolades are in 2015, Janice was featured in the May issue of Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Richest Self-Made Women at number 24, above Madonna and Beyoncé. In 2014, Mrs. Bryant-Howroyd was recognized by Black Enterprise as the first black woman to own and operate a billion-dollar company. Ms. Howroyd was BET’s first ever BET Honors Entrepreneur of the Year and received Black Enterprise’s Business of the Year award.
Recognized by both past and current Presidential Administrations, in 2013, Janice was appointed and continues to serve as U.S .Ambassador for the Department of Energy, Minorities in Energy at the White House, U.S. International Trade Advisory Commission Board, and most recently President Obama Key Administration appointment to the Board of Advisors for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s).
Mrs. Howroyd is nationally recognized for Board of Director assignments to women’s support organizations, such as Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), minority serving organizations National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), and the Urban League, and media engagement and mentorship through such outlets as NBC Today Show induction to the NBCA Hall of Fame.
Janice has traveled to over fifty countries promoting education and the powerful impact it has on communities both domestically and globally. Through scholarship funding, and personal service supporting universities like (Harvard’s Women’s Leadership Board of the Kennedy School of Government, University of Southern California, California State University, San Bernardino and her own Alma Mater, North Carolina A&T.
More specially, as a Board of Trustee at North Carolina A&T, Janice has been instrumental in NC A&T prioritizing the objective of graduating the largest number of African American engineers and has the fastest growing number of women graduating in engineering. Likewise, Ms. Bryant Howroyd has been a driven force advocating for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education as one of the great equalizers in 21st century employment market.
In the hallway of her headquarters hangs a painting inspired by the U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown vs. the Board of Education, which outlawed school segregation, because, says Howroyd, “I’m a product of that energy.” Janice’s 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.”