I’ve been secretly ‘stalking’ Janice Bryant Howroyd, Founder & CEO of The Act One Group, for nearly 30 years. Back in the early days of my first business, I wanted to make an extra $500 per month in order to ask my roommate to move out of the loft (true story), so I went on a search for success stories of entrepreneurial women. Janice Bryant Howroyd’s name kept coming up everywhere I looked. Janice took $900 from her mom and turned what is now known as The Act One Group into a billion-dollar company.
“JBH” as she likes to be called, is #39 on the Forbes list of “America’s Richest Self-Made Women,” and in 2014 she was recognized by Black Enterprise as the first black woman to own and operate a billion-dollar company.
Along with several other incredible accolades, JBH received a special invitation from President Barack Obama to be a member of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
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Never compromise yourself personally for who you wish to be professionally.” – Janice Bryant Howroyd
- What happened when Janice “looked after the office” for her brother-in-law while he was away
- Her creative strategy when she first started out (hear how operating her business in a rug shop was a GENIUS idea)
- The moment she recognized she was on to something (oh the joys of a phone and fax machine!)
- How just one conversation with a mentor truly EXPANDED her vision and a life-long seed was planted (that one conversation lead to millions in growth over the years)
- How being 1 of 11 children shaped her life and business
- Her BEST Productivity Tip
- What she considers to be her SUPERPOWER
- What it was like to receive an honored invitation from Barack Obama
- The CLASSIC Mistake she sees Women Entrepreneurs making today
- The SECRET to a long, healthy, marriage
- and much, much more!
I learned more from my mom and dad, growing up in their home, than I did from any institutions, and I’ve had the advantage of some really incredible opportunities academically.” – Janice Bryant Howroyd
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When I started my business, I had no visions of where I wanted my business. I knew where I DIDN’T want to be.” – Janice Bryant Howroyd