Last Updated: 01 Sep, 2023 | Views: 151
Other Profession(s): Business Women, Author, Entrepreneur
Famous For: First African American Woman To Build And Own A Billion-Dollar Company
Higher Education: North Carolina A&T State University
Net Worth: $420 Million Approx.
Janice Bryant Howroyd was born on September 1, 1952. She is an entrepreneur, a businesswoman, and an author. Her company, The ActOne Group, is the largest minority-owned personnel company in the US. She is the first African-American woman to own and build a billion-dollar company.
Janice Bryant Howroyd Career:
Janice Bryant Howroyd Early Life
• In 1952, Janice Bryant was born to an 11-child family in Tarboro, North Carolina. She was one of the first African American students to desegregate her town's high school as a teen. She earned a degree in English from North Carolina A&T State University.
Janice Bryant Howroyd Worked As A Temporary Secretary In 1976
• Her brother-in-law, Tom Noonan, hired Howroyd as a temporary secretary at Billboard magazine in Los Angeles in 1976. Noonan introduced Howroyd to business executives, celebrities, and travel while at Billboard.
Janice Bryant Howroyd Launched Her Own Company, The ACT•1 Group
• Janice Bryant Howroyd founded The ACT•1 Group in Beverly Hills, California, in 1978, with her first client, Tom Noonan, on a budget of approximately $1,000.
• Janice Bryant Howroyd is an ambassador for the Department of Energy's Minorities in Energy Initiative. She serves on numerous boards, including the Workforce Initiative Board of the Department of Labor, the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, WeConnect, and the National Utilities Diversity Council.
Janice Bryant Howroyd Received A Key Presidential Appointment In 2016
• Janice Bryant Howroyd was appointed by President Obama to the Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities in May 2016. She joined the FCC's Diversity Committee in 2017.
• Janice Bryant Howroyd has served as Treasurer on the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Board of Directors since 2016.
Janice Bryant Howroyd Philanthropy
• Her boards of directors include the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation and the Kennedy School of Government/Harvard Women's Leadership Board.
Janice Bryant Howroyd Personal Life:
• Janice Bryant Howroyd married Bernard Howroyd in 1980. Katharyn and Brett were their children. There are residences in England, North Carolina, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Los Angeles, California, for the family. He died in September 2020 after suffering from Alzheimer's.
Janice Bryant Howroyd Awards:
• 2008: The BET Honors Entrepreneur Award
• 2011: Honoree of the National Association of Women Business Owners Hall of Fame
• 2015: "National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame" Inductee
• 2016: Black Enterprise A.G. Gaston Award
• 2022: Women's Entrepreneurship Day Organization Business Pioneer Award