Phyllis Friscia Scott received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Daemen College (then Rosary Hill College), and then served as a VISTA volunteer in Chicago and in Milwaukee in 1967. She also holds a master of arts degree in human resources management from the Milano School of the New School for Social Research.
Originally from the New York City metro area, Scott returned to that region in 1969 and began her human resources career in the corporate training and education division for Citibank. Over her 40-year career, she has held human resources generalist and specialist positions at Citibank and Exxon Mobil, as well as at smaller regional employers in Philadelphia and Northeastern Pennsylvania.
From 2011-16, Scott served on the talent acquisition staff at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., where she recruited research, laboratory medicine, non-licensed clinical staff, and administrative staff. She then accepted a position with Geisinger’s MyCode Community Healthcare Initiative, one of the largest and most advanced genetic studies ever conducted.
Scott was one of the first Daemen students to live on campus who was from the New York Metro area. As a student, she learned that her academic talents were better suited for the social sciences and changed her major. She was later awarded the ceremonial flannel “sociology bathrobe” based on her score on the Sociology Comprehensive Examination.
“I am very proud to be an alumna and a member of the Daemen family,” said Scott. “The college was a model organization with strong women leaders who achieved prestigious academic credentials, and encouraged all students to pursue excellence. It has never entered my mind that women are not equally capable of the greatest success as leaders of organizations and leaders of society.”