40 Under 40 The Class of 2016

Elizabeth Angelos

Co-owner and Director of Curriculum, InspireWorks Enrichment; Talent Data and Strategy Analyst, Brooks Brothers; Age 31

Elizabeth Angelos

Elizabeth Angelos

There’s a lot going on in Beth Angelos’ life, but she sees connections everywhere: between her two career paths (now happening concurrently), between having fun and learning, and among the people she meets as a business owner, corporate professional, volunteer, and civic leader.

Angelos is co-owner and director of Curriculum for InspireWorks Enrichment Inc., which offers after-school and summer-camp programs to school-aged children with an emphasis on learning. Campers might be building rockets and robots, for instance, but they’re learning programming code in the process. The same goes for programs focused on art, science, cooking, athletics, and more.

The business began while Angelos was still in college. She was working on a business plan for a class in entrepreneurship, and her boyfriend — now her husband, InspireWorks Executive Director and past 40 Under Forty honoree James Angelos — encouraged her to take the plan out of the classroom and into real practice.

Nine years later, InspireWorks is thriving, and Angelos has added another facet to her professional life as a talent data and strategy analyst with Brooks Brothers, a position that allows her to work on the leading edge of human-resources practices.

“It started three years ago, when I wanted to understand more about HR as a small-business owner,” she explained. “I wanted a better education, and at the time, the company was taking on big changes that created opportunities to get involved with different projects. I hopped on for experience, and was put on the talent data and development team.”

That team led the first successful implementation of Talent Central, the first human-resources information system platform ever used by Brooks Brothers in North America. A promotion and a new title followed for Angelos, along with the opportunity to continue implementing that new platform globally.

Angelos’ heart is always in community endeavors, however, and she devotes much of her time to volunteering — as a 13-year radKIDS personal empowerment and safety education instructor, for one, and a board member and events committee chair with the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield. She also organizes opportunities for co-workers to volunteer in the Springfield area through Brooks Brothers’ Suited for Service program.

“That’s all part of what has made me, me,” she said. “Part of the reason I started the company was because my mother always exposed us to programs; whether they were sports, art, or volunteering, we were always exposed to a variety of things. When I grew up, I realized that not everyone gets that exposure.”

— Jaclyn Stevenson

Photography by Leah Martin Photography

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