Black Women Entrepreneurs Who Changed The Game — And Made History

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Running A Billion-Dollar Business: Janice Bryant Howroyd

“Discipline is not a dirty word. There is far more freedom and opportunity for creativity and success in enjoying discipline. Years ago someone I very much respect told me the reason they were successful is that they embraced doing what other people resent or are reluctant to do.”

Never heard of her? Well, you should have. Janice Bryant Howroyd is the first black woman to own a billion-dollar business–Act•1 Group, an international recruitment and business management firm. Her company is the nation’s largest black female-owned business and in 2012 it had revenues of $2 billion. Launched in 1978, today the firm, which offers various services from employee background checks to executive travel management employs, more than 1,300 people in 240 U.S. offices and eight other countries.

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