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Women's Business Forum

To empower women to advance in their careers and to achieve the highest level of success through PIANJ.

Combatting Unconscious Bias and Creating an Upstander Culture

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11 a.m.
Forsgate Country Club

375 Forsgate Dr., Monroe Township, NJ 08821
This event is open to everyone.

Most of us understand that we can’t discriminate against someone and treat them differently because of their race, sex or religion. But, what about unconscious discrimination?

During PIANJ’s Women’s Business Forum, Katherin Nukk-Freeman, co-founder of Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C. Employment Attorneys, will discuss how to identify unconscious bias and the science behind why people may instinctively make certain choices.

Plan to attend this forum if you are interested in learning how:

  • Assumptions about social identities (e.g., race, sex, age, sexual orientation, religion and disability)—without awareness or conscious control—shape likes and dislikes and judgments about ability, potential and character.
  • Unconscious bias presents in the workplace and community.
  • The Implicit Association test along with other studies have helped bring these biases to light.
  • Inclusive leadership and inclusive cultures are the keys to achieving a positive impact.


Katherin Nukk-Freeman is the co-founder of Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C. Employment Attorneys, one of the most highly ranked Labor and Employment Law Firms in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Nukk-Freeman is also the co-founder of SHIFT HR Compliance Training. Leveraging more than 20 years of success as a trusted adviser to corporate leaders, she enables companies to proactively address and effectively manage workplace issues related to harassment and discrimination complaints, COBRA compliance, disability and leave law, wage and hour disputes, social-media risks, staff reductions in force, and high-risk terminations.

Listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers for the past seven consecutive years as one of the “Top 50 Women Lawyers” in New Jersey and as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers” in the state, Nukk-Freeman is ranked as a “Leading Individual” in Chambers USA and has won numerous additional awards.

Past forums

January 24, 2019

Women Mentoring Women:Women are responsible for opening doors for others

The PIANJ Women’s Business Forum started its 2019 season with special guest speaker Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioner Marlene Caride, on Jan. 24, at the Forsgate Country Club, Monroe Township, N.J. Nearly 80 participants attended the sold-out event. More …

May 1, 2018

Women Mentoring Women: Reaching New Heights Together

More than 60 attendees heard Cynthia Heismeyer, vice president, director of marketing, Selective Insurance, discuss growth, opportunities and how to create a supportive network for women. More …

Sept. 19, 2017

Lieutenant Gov. Kim Guadagno

PIANJ held its fall Women’s Business Forum on Sept. 19, 2017 at Forsgate Country Club, Jamesburg, N.J. Insurance professionals from across the state attended the event to hear from the state’s first Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno. More …

Oct. 27, 2016

Washington Economic, Policy and Political Updatey

Joan Woodward, executive vice president for public policy at Travelers, gave us an update on policy and politics in Washington, D.C., in the midst of one of the most hotly contested and unpredictable election cycles. More …

May 17, 2016

How professional insurance women can overcome obstacles and biases in the industry

Jeanette Iglesias, of JI Coaching and Consulting in Princeton, NJ, facilitated an interactive workshop that focused on leadership and women's empowerment. Participants brainstormed practical solutions and possible approaches to counter biases and obstacles in the insurance industry. More …

Oct. 13, 2015

Networking luncheon with Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-12

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman took time out of her busy schedule to come and discuss the power of women in the insurance industry as well as business and politics in general. She talked about how women are now more than ever serving in in stronger roles in what has been primarily male dominated industries and the importance of continuing to do so. More …

May 12, 2015

Productivity Hacks: Today's Tools and Tips for Getting it All Done

On Tuesday, May 12, Deborah Smith, president of Foxtrot Media LLC, discussed the strengths women bring to the insurance workplace and shared the tools and tactics she uses to manage her business and personal life. More …

Nov. 12, 2014

Women and Wealth: Financial Planning Strategies (across a lifetime) for Women

On Wednesday, Nov. 12, Wendy Murphy, CFP, financial advisor, financial planning specialists, The Murphy Group; Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, shared tips, tricks, advice and her experiences on building wealth across a lifetime.. More …

May 15, 2014


Over 30 women came together for an interactive discussion with four distinguished female agency and company executives on May 15th at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township. The forum, which featured women at different stages in their careers, consisted of a question-and-answer format with free-flowing conversation. Attendees learned how the panelists chose insurance for their careers, why they stayed, and what's on the horizon for tomorrow. More …

Nov. 21, 2013

Stress Less! Strategies and Exercises to Manage Your Stressors

Attendees gathered at Forsgate Country Club on Nov. 21, 2013 for the luncheon program "Stress Less! Strategies and Exercises to Manage Your Stressors". Speaker, author and trainer Della Menechella facilitated the interactive session helping women to identify their top stress-producing situations and acquire the skills to manage them more effectively. More …

May 23, 2013

Powerful Women, Powerful Choices

Professional Insurance Agents of New Jersey held its spring Women's Business Forum on May 23, 2013, at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township. Donna Cunningham (ADP/Statewide Insurance Agencies), Angela Bossbaly (Travelers Select), Karen Murdoch (Plymouth Rock Management Company) and Kathleen Scales, AAI, CIC (J.S. Braddock Insurance Agency), conducted an executive panel "Powerful Women, Powerful Choices" exploring the importance of women in the industry and the paths they have chosen to become leaders in a field which serves people and businesses in all walks of life. More …

Oct. 3, 2012

Developing Your Corporate Social Media Strategy

The Professional Insurance Agents of New Jersey held its autumn Women's Business Forum, Oct. 3, 2012, at the Hyatt House in Branchburg. Deborah Smith, social media consultant, trainer and president of Foxtrot Media, LLC, presented a program geared to "Developing Your Corporate Social Media Strategy." Attendees enjoyed the networking luncheon and learned how to use blogs; Facebook; LinkedIn; and Twitter to build their professional brand, capture leads and keep the conversation going with customers. More …