NJCCC Vice President Catherine Fruge’ Starghill Speaks at NJBIA’s New Jersey Women Business Leaders Forum

Karla Roth-Bardinas

Think Media Communications

karlab@thinkmedianj.com or 732-996-9789

Atlantic City, NJ, September 29 , 2022 –  Catherine Frugé Starghill, Esq. was chosen by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) to speak at its 8th Annual New Jersey Women Business Leaders Forum (WBLF) today in Atlantic City where more than 450 business leaders, entrepreneurs, and students gathered.

Catherine Frugé Starghill, Esq. is the Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships for the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) and the Executive Director of the New Jersey Community College Consortium of Workforce and Economic Development. She is also the former Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL).

As a presenter on the WBLF Leadership Panel, Starghill told the crowd, “You have to practice who you want to be. If you want to be a leader, then practice being a leader in all things you do – whether at home, at work, in your community, and at your place of worship.”

NJBIA’s New Jersey Women Business Leaders Forum is the state’s largest professional women’s conference. Each year it brings together hundreds of women and men for engaging workshops, dynamic TED-style talks, and one-on-one coaching opportunities.

“Take your vision and make it a reality. Leadership is an experience that you grow from one opportunity at a time. Each experience will provide lessons that get you to the next step which will help you find your authentic voice,” added Starghill.

Catherine Starghill at NJBIA's NJ Women Business Leaders Forum


Starghill was named Deputy Commissioner of the NJDOL in October 2016. As Deputy Commissioner, she led many of the Department’s program areas including Research and Information, Income Security, and Labor Standards and Safety Enforcement. She started with the NJDOL in 2012, previously serving as Executive Director of Workforce Operations and Business Services where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the One-Stop Career Centers and the integrated business outreach of workforce field staff with other state and local workforce partners. In that role, she was responsible for more than 300 employees and a $45 million budget.

Prior to joining the NJDOL, Starghill was the Acting Director of the Division of Housing and Community Resources and Equal Employment Opportunity Officer at the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. Much of her state government career was spent as the expert on the Open Public Records Act on the Government Records Council and the Privacy Study Commission.

Before joining the public sector, she spent many years in the private sector, working in Tax and Legal Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers and on the Corporate Finance Staff of Ford Motor Company.

Starghill simultaneously earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Accounting from the University of Michigan. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School and a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

She was married to the late Rev. Dr. Britt A. Starghill and is the mother of two children, Britt Andrew, and Brie Alexandra.


About the New Jersey Council of County Colleges

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) was created in 1989 to support and promote New Jersey’s 18 Community Colleges that now enroll more than 300,000 people each year in credit, non-credit, and workforce development courses at more than 70 campuses throughout the state. More than 200,000 students – over half of all undergraduate students in public colleges and universities in the state – are enrolled at New Jersey’s Community Colleges. The Community Colleges also enroll nearly 100,000 students in non-credit programs and partner with thousands of businesses to meet their training and workforce needs.

The primary goal of New Jersey’s 18 Community Colleges is to meet the ever-changing educational needs of our great state’s residents. Today, through more than 1,700 degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit courses and customized workforce training programs, New Jersey Community Colleges are helping more students than ever. Further, equity and access priorities are advanced every day with over half of the total undergraduate enrollment in New Jersey Community Colleges coming from minority and traditionally underrepresented populations.

To learn more about NJCCC and New Jersey’s Community Colleges, go to www.njccc.org. Follow us @NJCommColleges on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube to learn more about our latest programs and initiatives.