Carla Lane, President & CEO

Carla Lane is President and CEO of Lane Staffing. Lane

Staffing is the largest minority woman owned employment

solution provider in the southwest.

Ms. Lane was hired as Senior Vice President and Chief

Operating Officer of DiverseStaff in 2003, where she was

responsible for the company’s overall financial strategy and

financial processes as well as branch operations in Houston,

Texas. Ms. Lane purchased the brand name in 2006, since

that time she has transformed its business strategy, adding

new higher-margin business lines and increasing community

involvement. In 2008, Ms. Lane expanded the service

offerings and rebranded the firm “LaneStaffing”. Ms. Lane’s

overall business strategy is “take care of the people and the

bottom line will grow”.

A firm believer of supplier diversity with “…high goals with high standards intact.” she

oversaw the implementation of an enterprise-wide technology system to allow the firm

to realize greater operating efficiencies and profitability improvements. Allowing the firm

to bid and win business in markets in which technology would have previously limited its

ability to bid and win.

Under Lane’s leadership, LaneStaffing has expanded the footprint of the organization by

seven states and expanded its client base of Fortune 100 and 200 clients and has

become a leader in government contracting.

Ms. Lane began working in the staffing industry while attending the University of

Houston as an accounting student. In 1993, she became the first staff member of

BestStaff Services, formally the largest minority owned staffing firm in the South. She

worked as an accounting clerk until completing her education at the University of

Houston and accepting a full-time position as Accounting Manager in 1996. She left

BestStaff as Vice President of Accounting and Finance and was responsible for

accounting operations in fifteen (15) states.

Ms. Lane is an American Staffing Association, Certified Staffing Professional. Known as

a strong proponent of job training, she actively supports workforce development

initiatives. Ms. Lane annually hosts a Job Fair in partnership with the Texas Black Expo

that connects hundreds of job seekers with government agencies, Fortune 500

companies, and small businesses.

Ms. Lane has won numerous awards and honors, including: the Pinnacle Award, the

highest award for entrepreneurial excellence by the Greater Houston Black Chamber of

Commerce, named one of the “30 Top Women in Houston” by D-Mars Magazine,

Strategic Teaming Award and the Emerging 10 award by Houston Minority Supplier

Diversity Council, named one of the 40 under 40 rising business leaders by Houston

Business Journal, the Minority Achievers Award by the YMCA and the Vanguard Award

by Texas Business Alliance. The firm was named one of the Top 500 African American

owned Companies in the US and one of the Top 100 Woman owned firms in Texas by Ms. Lane was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by the

University of Houston, inducted into the Greater Houston Black Chamber of

Commerce’s Hall of Fame, and has been featured in the Ebony, Black Enterprise and

Forbes Magazine. Her firm was also part of the inaugural class of the Cougar 100, a list

of the 100 fastest growing companies owned by University of Houston Alumni,

LaneStaffing was number 28.

Ms. Lane serves on the board of the Institute for Family Renewal, and the Family Press.

She is a lecturer with the Career and Education Seminar held annually in her hometown

of Dallas, Texas. She also serves on the Texas Black Expo Board of Directors, the

Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce’s Advisory Board and the Texas

Business Alliance’s Advisory Board. Ms. Lane also writes two monthly columns, “The

Right Lane” and “Ask Carla” for several Business Journals. She was recently made the

first female member of the Across the Track Pac, a political action committee comprised

of the owners of Houston’s largest African American owned businesses.

Ms. Lane is also founder of This Woman’s Work a 501(c)(3)non-profit founded

specifically to help women improve their economic independence and emotional well-
being through an innovative series of programs designed to provide support to women

as they work to improve their lifestyle and financial position.

She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., National Women’s Presidents

Organization, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, National Association of

Female Executives, American Staffing Association, Texas Association of Staffing, and

the National Human Resource Association.

Ms. Lane is married and is the proud mother of a teenage daughter.