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
DiversityBusiness.com 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.