BENTON HARBOR, Mich., (March 24, 2022) – Cornerstone Alliance, Berrien County's lead economic development agency, hosted FLEX: Female Leadership Excellence this evening, a women-led panel discussion at Union + Social Event Venue in St. Joseph.

In recognition of National Women's History Month, Cornerstone Alliance presented a panel discussion led by women in powerful executive leadership roles. FLEX is focused on career acceleration, personal development, and excellent leadership for women in business.

"FLEX tickets were sold out two weeks prior to the event," said Chris Frank, Cornerstone Alliance Vice President of External Affairs. "The support shown for this event proves there is a demand for development opportunities for women who strive to accelerate their personal and professional growth."

The panel discussion was moderated by Frank. Participating panelists included:
• Krista Flynn, former President of West Michigan Region, Huntington Bank
• Jen Nelson, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
• Sonia Hollies, Senior Vice President, Perrigo Company
• Pam Klyn, Senior Vice President, Whirlpool Corporation
• Lynn Chen Zhang, Chief Executive Officer, Zhang Financial
• Lynn Jekkals, Central Regional Leader, Aon

Several ticket options were offered to those interested in attending FLEX, including a corporate sponsorship package for companies to reserve a table for employees. A total of 12 companies were represented. In an effort to make this event truly inclusive and an opportunity for everyone to attend, a free option was available for general admission. Over 200 people were in attendance.

“FLEX is a celebration of just a few of the many incredible female leaders in Michigan. We’re grateful for their willingness to share successes and lessons learned with future leaders in our community. The success of this sold-out event would not be possible without the support of the Berrien County business community," said Rob Cleveland, Cornerstone Alliance President and CEO. "These businesses understand the importance of investing in their team members and creating an inclusive workplace where all opinions are welcome and valued. This work is never finished, and we’re already planning for the next FLEX event.”