An independent agent's group in New Jersey will hold the firstmeeting of a newly-created forum for women next month in an effortto advance women's ability to own agencies, the chairwoman of theprogram said.

Donna Cunningham, treasurer of the Professional Insurance Agentsof New Jersey and president of ADP/Statewide Insurance Agencies inCedar Knolls, N.J., heads up the PIANJ Women's Business Forum.

Ms. Cunningham said that despite advances women have made in theworkplace, and the predominance of women working in the industry,there remain few opportunities for women to advance to the upperlevels on the agency side, including ownership.

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