our founder

HARRIET SCOTT

FOUNDER, POSITIVE SPIN, INC.

Ms. Harriet L. Scott is known by some in her native home of Tampa, as a “Mother Teresa” for this city.  It seems she was born to be a compassionate helper of those truly in need of support and advocacy.  Ms. Scott is known for advocating for those facing social, physical, emotional, and economic challenges.  She takes on the legitimate fight of others as if it is her own for she believes, “except for the grace of God go I”.

Ms. Scott is the 8thchild of thirteen born to Deacon Harold B. Scott, Sr (Deceased) and Mrs. Lucile B. Scott.  She is a life member of Greater Bethel M. B. Church where she has been a dedicated Sunday School Teacher for Adult Classes, First President and Teacher for the Women’s Ministry, Asst. Youth Director, Usher, and Missionary serving in Kingdom building activities.  Harriet’s favorite scripture is Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter; Fear God and keep His commandments; for this is the whole duty of man”.

Ms. Scott is a Master’s level Social Work Administrator, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.  She earned the Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and Sociology from Florida A & M University.  Ms. Scott is a Management Fellow Graduate from the State of Florida Leadership and Management Training Program.  Her academic foundation was formalized at Harlem Elementary School and Academy, Booker T. Washington Junior High School, and Howard W. Blake Senior High School, all of Tampa. 

Ms. Scott’s devotion to seeking justice and fairness for all was witnessed by many who joined her as a founding member of the Tampa Bay Area Association of Black Social Workers in 1977 -1982 when she led minds and hearts in coming together with the National Association of Social Workers to join forces in the struggle for Interracial Adoptions vs Hispanic and African American Children lingering in the child welfare system of care for years, understanding that genuine love is the primary necessity, not color of skin.  Ms. Scott is a Life Member of the National Council of Negro Women-Tampa Section, having been introduced to the Council by her Godmother and Council member for many years, Mrs. Mary Alice Dorsett.  Ms. Scott is a member of the Fla. A & M University National Alumni Association and the Tampa Alumni Chapter; she is a member of the Tampa Chapter NAACP, and Founder and Vice President of the Board of Directors for Positive Support for Parents in Neighborhoods, Incorporated (aka Positive Spin).  An agency receiving exceptional recognition and ratings from government, law enforcement, business, other nonprofits, and community residents.  To all of this Ms. Scott declares, To God Be the Glory!

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