Behind Her Empire Podcast: How A $900 Loan Turned Into a Billion Dollar Business

Yasmin Nouri

Yasmin is the host of the "Behind Her Empire" podcast, focused on highlighting self-made women leaders and entrepreneurs and how they tackle their career, money, family and life.

Each episode covers their unique hero's journey and what it really takes to build an empire with key lessons learned along the way. The goal of the series is to empower you to see what's possible & inspire you to create financial freedom in your own life.

Behind Her Empire Podcast: How A $900 Loan Turned Into a Billion Dollar Business
Janice Bryant Howroyd

Janice Bryant Howroyd's entrepreneurial journey had very humble beginnings. She's the founder and CEO of ActOne Group, a multibillion dollar global business providing workforce solutions.

On this week's episode of Behind Her Empire, hear how Howroyd, as a temporary secretary for her brother-in-law's company, saw an opportunity in the market where other executives were looking for quick and effective clerical help. She decided to branch off on her own and start an employment agency with only $1,500 in her pocket, $900 of which she borrowed from her mother. Forty years later, the company earns over $1 billion in net sales and is in 19 countries with over 17,000 clients.

Howroyd has been recognized on Forbes' list of America's Richest Self-Made Women and is known to be the first Black woman to own and operate a billion-dollar company. She is incredibly talented, passionate and a fierce business mentor who shares a wealth of knowledge around what it means to be authentic and successful on your entrepreneurial journey.

Want more? Subscribe to Behind Her Empire on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify iHeart Radio or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Here's What Netflix's New 'Culture Memo' Says About How the Company Has Changed

Kristin Snyder

Kristin Snyder is an editorial intern for She previously interned with Tiger Oak Media and led the arts section for UCLA's Daily Bruin.

Here's What Netflix's New 'Culture Memo' Says About How the Company Has Changed
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Netflix promised change after its poor first-quarter earnings. One of the first targets: the Netflix Culture document.

The changes, which Variety reported on Thursday, indicate a new focus on fiscal responsibility and concern about censorship. While promises to support honest feedback and open decision-making remain, the memo’s first update in almost five years reveals that the days of lax spending are over. The newly added “artistic expression” section emphasizes Netflix’s refusal to censor its work and implores employees to support the platform’s content.

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‘Raises’: Mahmee Secures $9.2M, Wave Financial Launches $60M Fund

Decerry Donato

Decerry Donato is dot.LA's Editorial Fellow. Prior to that, she was an editorial intern at the company. Decerry received her bachelor's degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to write stories to inform the community about issues or events that take place in the L.A. area. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the Angeles National forest or sifting through racks at your local thrift store.

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In this week’s edition of “Raises”: It was another slow week on the deal front, but one maternal health startup, with a mission to fight maternal mortality, landed a deal with growth equity business Goldman Sachs. Meanwhile, a Los Angeles-based investment firm is launching its 8th digital asset fund of $60 million.
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