benefitexpress March 8, 2021 5 min read

Melanie Hallenbeck invited to join Chief’s private network as benefitexpress celebrates International Women’s Day 2021

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.—As part of its celebration of International Women’s Day 2021, benefitexpress™ the market-leading benefits administration solutions provider with first-class customer service, industry-leading technology and deep domain knowledge, announced today that Melanie Hallenbeck, chief growth officer, marketing officer, has been recently accepted into Chief, the only organization specifically designed to support women in leadership roles.

Chief’s illustrious membership have invited Hallenbeck to join them in their work of driving broader female representation in the upper echelons of business leadership.

“For many years, I was a single mom working in a career that typically had been dominated by men,” shared Hallenbeck, “but I never let those hurdles stop me from pursuing my professional passions — empowering women and leading successful sales teams. Joining the Chief network is a natural next step in my journey toward helping other organizations realize the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce.”

With her more than 20 years of leadership, relationship building and partnership development expertise, Hallenbeck was hand chosen by benefitexpress leadership in January 2020 to be its chief growth officer, guiding all areas of benefitexpress’ sales organization. In March 2020, she assumed the added responsibility of chief marketing officer and established the first integrated sales and marketing team for benefitexpress.

Hallenbeck champions benefitexpress’ ambitious mission to deliver ever-improving solutions that simplify benefits management for employers, insurance carriers, brokers and employees. She focuses her daily efforts on building, developing and managing industry-leading teams that connect benefits administration and health insurance professionals to administration outsourcing solutions and services.

“Melanie was the perfect addition to our leadership team, and we are proud to see her efforts and successes recognized by Chief,” said benefitexpress chief executive officer, Michael Sternklar. “Melanie’s career is emblematic of the great strides women have made in business, but her decision to join Chief reminds us of the hard work that remains.”

Please join benefitexpress in congratulating Hallenbeck on her induction into Chief. Additionally, in celebration of International Women’s Day 2021, benefitexpress will highlight other female leaders at the organization through a series of LinkedIn posts. Follow along at


About benefitexpress

benefitexpress is a market-leading benefits administration solutions provider with first-class customer service, industry-leading technology and deep domain knowledge.

By offering a SaaS solution that integrates all benefits activity in one centralized platform, benefitexpress provides simplicity to complex plans and offers a custom-made experience that engages and educates employees while offering employers high-touch benefits management that is unmatched in the market.

benefitexpress offers a suite of end-to-end solutions, including benefits enrollment, management and administration, ACA compliance, COBRA and direct bill services, reimbursement account administration, carrier bill reconciliation, dependent verification, and a full-service call center designed to act as an extension of its clients’ benefits department.

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About Chief

Chief is a private network of professional women striving to support aspiring and current C-level executives. Chief members work together to support and strengthen their shared leadership journeys, cross-pollinate ideas across industries, and improve workplace equity from the top down.

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About International Women’s Day

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

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