Diversity Management
ACT•1 - Talent and Technology for the 21st Century Workforce

The Largest Certified Woman-Minority-Owned Staffing Agency in the U.S.

Janice Bryant Howroyd founded ACT•1 in 1978 with a single personnel office in Beverly Hills. Since then, ACT•1 has grown into a network of over 70 strategically positioned offices across the United States, and employs more than 65,000 temporary employees and over 300 direct hire employees nationwide.

The Spirit of Diversity - Because a Diverse Workforce Makes Good Business Sense

At ACT•1, we believe that diversity of thought forms the basis for true diversity. All of ACT•1's recruitment efforts are undertaken in the spirit of recruiting for diversity. ACT•1 firmly believes that a diverse workforce is important, not only in terms of creating opportunity, but because diversity in the workplace truly provides the basis for a stronger and more competent organization.

ACT•1 is deeply committed to employing small, disadvantaged, woman-owned and minority-owned businesses as suppliers and as support vendors. ACT•1 actively seeks and recruits qualified woman- and minority-owned suppliers to help provide professional staff to our clients.

Recognized as an Industry and Community Leader

ACT•1 Personnel became a National Corporate Plus Member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council in 1999. Nominated for this honor by the Ford Motor Company, ACT•1 is one of only 70 companies, out of 16,000 minority-owned businesses nationwide, to achieve Corporate Plus membership. Corporate Plus membership is a defining moment for minority-owned businesses that have proven their ability to provide innovative, quality solutions to both national- and international-size clients.

Since its founding, ACT•1 has received many awards and accolades. In 2001, ACT•1 was recognized as Supplier of the Year by the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, and became a mentor in the State of Georgia Governor's Mentor-Protégé Program - the only minority-owned company to be named as a mentor. Other honors have included:

  • 2016 Peter Yessne Staffing Leadership Award
  • 2015 SCMSDC Leadership Excellence Award
  • 2004 Henry Ford Health Systems Supplier Diversity Excellence Award
  • 2000 Western Region Supplier of the Year
    (National Minority Supplier Development Council)
  • 1999 Business Owner of the Year
    (National Association of Women Business Owners)
  • 1995 Madame C.J. Walker Award
    (Los Angeles African-American Women's Political Caucus)
  • 1995 Gas Company Prime Time Award
    (for support of women, minority, and service disabled veterans)
  • 1994 Arizona Department of Commerce Minority Enterprise
    (Development Week Achievement Award)
  • 1993 Distinguished Service Award
    (from the Joint Conference, Inc. for "emerging minority and woman-owned businesses")
  • 1992 Certificate of Achievement Award
    (Northern California Regional Purchasing Council)
  • Largest US Staffing Firm 2018