News Staff September 12, 2019

Janice Bryant Howroyd will be speaking at the annual MSDUK conference on International Day which will be held on September 16th in London.

MSDUK is the only UK based organisation which helps ethnic minority-owned businesses (EMBs) and has, since it was formed in 2006, worked with over 125 global brands and more than 1,500 EMBs introducing hundreds of new ideas, products and supply chain solutions and securing £735m worth of business for EMBs.

Janice Bryant Howroyd is globally recognised as the first black woman to own and run a billion-dollar company, is on the Forbes list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women and lauded by CNBC as one of the 14 black women who changed business and finance. Bryant Howroyd is a businesswoman, entrepreneur, educator, author, mentor and recipient of a key White House appointment from former US President, Barack Obama.

As the Founder and CEO of the ActOne Group, she leads a multi-billion dollar, award-winning, international talent and talent technology enterprise with multiple divisions that serve all areas of employment and provide total talent management solutions.

Founded by Bryant Howroyd in 1978, the ActOne Group now operates in 32 countries and offers staffing services via AppleOne, A-Check Global, ActOne Government Solutions, AllSTEM Connections, and MSDUK’s ‘Building Business Leaders of the Future’ programme sponsor, AgileOne.

Mayank Shah, CEO of MSDUK, spoke of Bryant Howroyd’s involvement saying, “Janice’s understanding of global market demographics and trends has made her a highly sought-after ambassador, speaker and commentator on global business issues and we are incredibly fortunate to have her speak on our International Day at our annual conference. This year’s theme is ‘Better Ideas for a Better World’ and I cannot think of anyone better placed to address our attendees and members than Janice.

“With AgileOne’s support we have been able to create our Building Business Leaders of the Future programme and commit to running it for the next three years. Janice is joining us to congratulate our first graduating cadre as well as speak to us about the importance of building business on values for long term success – something she is very, very familiar with and is part of her own phenomenal success.

“At MSDUK we dedicate ourselves to inspiring the next generation of ethnic minority founders offering them a platform to showcase their innovative ideas and provide them with access to knowledge, investment and the market thereby helping them grow and achieve their dreams. Building Business Leaders of the Future is just one such programme and sits extremely well alongside other key initiatives that MSDUK takes including our Innovation Challenge which helps get ideas in front of global brands and investors. Our finalists for the 2019 Innovation Challenge will battle it out on Day 2 of our conference in front of our panel of judges, sponsors and our audience.”

Bryant Howroyd, whose second book ‘Acting Up: Winning in Business and Life Using Down-Home Wisdom’ is listed on several best-seller lists on Amazon.com added, “Personally, I don’t believe that you can effectively lead without passionately serving. My professional mantra captures the fact that strong values drive me and that is, to never compromise who you are personally to become who you wish to be professionally. I am delighted to be attending this important conference and to celebrate the graduation of our first cadre. I am very much looking forward to our continuing support for this programme.”
The day’s events will conclude with an international reception hosted by Digital Catapult at their state-of-the-art futuristic lab. Digital Catapult, the UK Government’s advanced digital technology agency, sponsors MSDUK’s Innovation Challenge the winners of which will be announced on the 17th September, Day 2 of the MSDUK’s annual ‘Better Ideas for a Better World’ conference.

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