Agnes L. Scott is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. A matriarchal family structure (including four siblings) gave her a foundation that prepared her to evaluate truth and justice situations that benefit mankind. That foundation also provided a platform for her to learn negotiation skills, lead or follow, attain educational pursuits, develop a great work ethic, learn respect for others, believe in herself and in a higher being, to follow her dreams and to help others do the same.
Ms. Scott graduated from Pearl High School in Nashville, Tennessee in Business Education; Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Education and the University of Northern Iowa with a master’s degree in Student Personnel Services and is All but Dissertation (ABD) at The University of Toledo in Higher Educational Administration.
Her professional experiences include: Secretary – Tennessee Department of Personnel, Tennessee Department of Employment Security, Ford Motor Company (Glass Division); President – Ark Electrical Supply & Service, Co., Inc., Ark-Ken Cable Supply Co., Inc. and Building Black & Minority Businesses Foundation, Inc.; Coordinator of Diversity Programs – College of business Administration, University of Northern Iowa; Substitute Teacher – Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools; Eucharistic Minister and Secretary Daughters of the King, St. Catherine’s Chapter – Christ Church Cathedral; President – Gernert Resident Association; Executive Director – NeighborHOOD.
In more detail, Ms. Scott:
Established, owned, operated and controlled the day-to-day functions of two privately held Detroit, Michigan-based electrical/electronic and CATV companies, Ark Electrical Supply, Co., Inc. and Ark-Ken Co., Inc.; established, operated and controlled the day-to-day functions of a non-profit Detroit, Michigan-based company, Building Black and Minority Businesses Foundation (BBMBF); researched, wrote and presented a business plan for an employee-owned apparel manufacturing company for the University of Northern Iowa’s College of Business Administration (UNI CBA); acted as facilitator to bring about a collaborative effort between First of America Bank, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, the Diocese of the Episcopal Church and BBMBF to establish a plan of economic justice; assessed proposals and approved funding for Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young’s Job Training Partnership Act; served as a member of the Waterloo, Iowa Race Relations committee; served as a board member on the State of Iowa’s Human Resource Committee; collaborated and implemented, as Director of BBMBF, with the University of MichiganDearborn (UM-D) and New Detroit., a speaker series in Mayor Coleman A. Young’s name; sat on the UM-D’s School of Management Future Entrepreneurs’ Conference Committee; functioned as an advisor to the UNI CBA’s Executive Advisory Council; assisted in restructuring the UNI’s CBA’s development program, EXCEL, for minority students; recruited and secured employment for minority students in the UNI’s CBA’s EXCEL program and created and implemented a UNI CBA four-week summer Minority Business Institute for high school students; is a Eucharistic minister at Christ Church Cathedral and secretary of St. Catherine’s Chapter of Daughters of the King; substitute taught for a cadre of teachers in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, on a regular basis; implemented numerous programs as President of Gernert Resident Association, a senior citizen MDHA complex, such as art, Black history, karaoke, breast cancer awareness and a DeFord Bailey tribute event, where Mayor Megan Barry attended and presented a proclamation.
These experiences afforded her the opportunity to gain extensive experience in: education planning and program development; Christian service; business-planning and program development; public relations; community involvement; budgeting/resources management; forging links between diverse community groups; establishing for-profit and non-profit business ventures; directing and supervising human resources; working in a curriculum and instruction environment; performing in governmental agencies; initiating, implementing and maintaining student development support programs; generating monetary resources and managing operating expenditures; media exposure.
Her awards and honors include:
- Outstanding Business Achievement, Governor James Blanchard, State of Michigan;
- Women’s Business Enterprise Award, Association of Minority Contractors;
- Enterprise Spirit Salute, Avon Women of Enterprise Award;
- The University of Michigan –Dearborn, School of Management, Future Entrepreneurs’ Conference, Expression of Appreciation;
- Crain’s (magazine) Detroit Business – top minority business revenues in Detroit;
- Michigan women (magazine) – top 50 women business owners;
- Electrical Wholesaling (industry magazine) – women executives;
- Waterloo Courier (magazine) – University of Northern Iowa’s College of Business Administration’s women’s apparel manufacturing company.
- She was also nominated for the J. C. Penny Golden Rule Award.