Agnes L. Scott is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. A matriarchal family structure prepared her to speak and apply truth to justice, peace unity and diversity. That foundation also provided a platform for her to attain educational pursuits, develop a highly regarded work ethic, have respect for others, and honor a higher being.
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. She is practically pursuing her ABD status in the University of Toledo’s Higher Education Administration’s PhD program. She, also, holds a certificate in An Introduction to Cooperative Entrepreneurship from Tennessee State University.
Her professional experiences include: Secretary – Tennessee Department of Personnel, Tennessee Department of Employment Security, Ford Motor Company’s 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 – Metropolitan Development Housing Agency’s Gernert Resident Association; Executive Director – NeighborH.O.O.D. (Hands on Our Destinies).
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.; created, 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 an employee-owned apparel manufacturing company business plan for the University of Northern Iowa’s College of Business Administration (UNI CBA); acted as a facilitator among First of America Bank, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, the Diocese of the Episcopal Church and BBMBF to establish a plan of economic justice for underserved communities; 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 and as a board member on the State of Iowa’s Human Resource Committee; collaborated and implemented, as Director of BBMBF, with the University of Michigan-Dearborn (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; served as a Eucharistic minister and secretary of St. Catherine’s Chapter of Daughters of the King; performed as substitute teacher in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools; implemented programs, as President of Gernert Resident Association, a senior citizen MDHA complex, in art, Black history, karaoke, breast cancer awareness, spiritual bonding ceremonies with the Church of the Redeemer, and DeFord Bailey tribute events. As the current president of NeighborH.O.O.D., an organization designed to create cooperative businesses, using the arts as a backdrop, Ms. Scott conducted courses in fashion, design, illumination, and merchandising; produced aprons for Tom Morales, then owner of Woolworth on Fifth; is presently serving on the Community Development Corporation of Nashville’s advisory board; wrote the lyrics to NeighborH.O.O.D.’s theme song, Building Block Destinies, and also scripted the play, The Coming, illustrating how community synergism builds an equitable neighborhood; instituted a mural concept (under the auspices of Metro Arts THRIVE micro-funding award), Edgehill Envisioned, that portrayed justice, peace, unity, and diversity, illustrating the dedicated leadership of, back in the day, Nashville Edgehill icons, and is fulfilling the mandates of a recently received Metro Arts THRIVE award, a graphic novel, Andrew, A Boy Called Hair, and the Edgehill Polar Bears Use Their Superpowers to Save Their Community; co-led, in collaboration with Lipscomb University’s Serving and Learning Together program and MDHA, an Eliminating Racism certificate seminar; and participated in a nine-month biblical program with Gotham’s Nashville Institute for Faith & Work, in association with Christ Presbyterian Church regarding how the integration of faith and work build meaningful and sustainable communities.
These experiences afforded her the opportunity to gain extensive experiences in: education and business planning and program development; Christian service; resource generation, management and budgeting; public relations; community advocacy; budgeting/resources management; forging links between diverse community groups; establishing for-profit and non-profit business ventures; human resource management; working in a curriculum and instruction environment; performing in governmental agencies; initiating, implementing and maintaining student development support programs; 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.
- She is the author of Bullies in the Ivory Towers: An African American Women’s Fight for Educational Justice and a PhD.