Meet Our CEO

Janice Bryant Howroyd is Founder and CEO of the largest privately-held, woman and minority owned workforce management company in the U.S.

Mrs. Bryant Howroyd was ranked on Forbes’s 2017 list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women, and highlighted for her professional accomplishments on NBC’s TODAY Show as part of their “Summer of Secrets: Successful Women” series.

She serves on the Board of Trustees for North Carolina A&T State University. She is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board for Harvard University—John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is on the Board of Councilors for University of Southern California—Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Janice Bryant Howroyd

Janice Bryant Howroyd's Bio

Janice Bryant Howroyd, a North Carolina native, left her hometown in 1976 armed with $900. Since then, she has dedicated her efforts to building an organization that is committed to keeping the humanity in human resources.

Mrs. Howroyd’s commitment to excellence has grown ACT•1 Group to 19 countries, including Canada, India, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, South Korea, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, Hong Kong, Japan and the USA. She works to ensure that ACT•1 Group professionals bring expertise in delivering corporate HR initiatives to local and global markets. Heading a company with over 17,000 clients and more than 2,200 employees, she founded and leads the largest woman-minority owned workforce management company in the US.

She serves as an Ambassador of Energy by appointment, at the White House, of Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz. Her appreciation for international business growth is enhanced by her understanding that every part of the world is more visible today, than ever before.

Mrs. Howroyd leads her teams to build business success based on the ability to connect great companies with great talent. Her passion for education, mentorship, and self-empowerment initiatives have earned her many professional and philanthropic recognitions.

Janice learned early in her life that it does take a village to raise a child. Her commitment to working to ensure educational opportunities for all and to supporting women in business are central to how she leads, and to how she lives. JBH couples community service with business service, saying “One cannot effectively lead without passionately serving.”