Janice Bryant Howroyd left her North Carolina hometown in 1976 with $900 in her pocket to start a business that would help others find employment. Two years later, she launched Act1, an international talent firm.
Fast forward 40 years, and Howroyd holds the title of the first African-American woman to own a billion-dollar business. Her company is now the largest female minority-owned employment agency in the country.
“I’ve always imagined success,” the founder and CEO told TODAY in an interview last week. “You see the evolution in technology, you see the transparency that the world offers, but the fundamental things that we built the business from have stayed the same, and I really think that’s more the secret to the success.”
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