Beam Suntory HR Manager ensures everyone has a voice

Beam Suntory HR Manager ensures everyone has a voice

 March 08, 2021

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Angela Brandford-Stevenson is a Senior HR Manager at Beam Suntory who is building the next generation of Beam Suntory leaders in Kentucky and serving as a strategic partner to help ensure that everyone has a seat and a voice at the table.

Focusing on all things people-related

In her role at Beam Suntory, a world leader in premium spirits, Angela works directly with the employees at the Bottling Center of Excellence (known as the Old Grand Dad Plant) in Frankfort, Kentucky, where they bottle Jim Beam, Cruzan Rum and many other Beam Suntory products. She leads the Beam Suntory Kentucky Internship Program, and as she describes it, “does all things people-related.”

Standing up for those who are silenced

From when she earned a place in the gifted and talented program at her elementary school in Chicago and where she later attended Catholic high school, to her professional career, Angela felt like a lot of Black people who were “the only” people who look like them in a room.

“I would ask myself, ‘who is Angela and what do I stand for?,’” she recalls. Angela made a choice to stand for those who are silenced and seek to uplift those who are sidelined due to their differences.

Supporting women and diverse talent

Angela brings that commitment to Beam Suntory’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. She is a member of the Kentucky Diversity & Inclusion Council, for which she has been instrumental in driving the D&I agenda to recruit, retain and develop more women and diverse talent.

She is also on the company’s Black Employee Impact Group’s (EIG) Kentucky chapter’s leadership team and is a valued contributor to the Women’s EIG.

Importance of education, charity and legacy

She earned a bachelor's degree from Purdue University and master's degree from Xavier University. She is currently at Xavier pursuing her doctoral studies with an emphasis on education and leadership.

Angela’s family instilled in her the importance education, charity and legacy. Upon her father’s passing in 2019, she realized that leaving a legacy means preparing and leading the next generation. Angela is a proud mother of two, “only children,” a son who is a college senior at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a son in kindergarten.

An event planner and craft artist

Outside of Beam Suntory, Angela is a Leadership Kentucky Alumni, she holds leadership positions with the Women in Manufacturing (WIM) Kentucky Chapter and Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She is very active in her church and several ministries.

She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. In her free time, she is a freelance event planner and master craft artist.

Join women like Angela who are making a difference at Beam Suntory

Beam Suntory believes people grow together in diverse and inclusive environments where their unique insights, experiences and backgrounds are valued and respected. That means having both a seat and a voice at the table. By fostering a culture of inclusivity and leveraging the power of diversity of thought, experience and culture in its employees, Beam Suntory is unlocking insights and capabilities that drive individual and business growth. 

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