Business and Professional Women of Upper Perkiomen

P.O. Box 212

Red Hill, PA 18076


March is Women in History Month.

2017 Theme

"Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business"

  Three essays written by high school students will be selected and read at our April dinner meeting. 

If you are a student at the Upper Perkiomen High School or know of a student go to the History Department Head for more info on the essay contest. 



2017 National Women’s History Month Honorees

  • Rebecca Anderson (1940) Community and Economic Development Organizer
  • Barbara Hackman Franklin (1940) Former Secretary of Commerce
  • Alexis Herman (1947) Former Secretary of Labor
  • Lilly Ledbetter (1938) Equal Pay Activist
  • Kate Mullany-(1845 – 1916) Organized First All-Female Labor Union
  • Lucy Gonzalez Parsons- (c. 1853- 1942) Labor Organizer and Socialist Leader 
  • Barbara “Dusty” Roads (1928)?Flight Attendant’s Union Leader
  • Andra Rush (1952)?Founder/ CEO, -Rush Group
  • Nina Vaca (1971)?CEO and Chairman of Pinnacle Group.
  • Yvonne Walker  (1959) President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000
  • Maggie Lena Walker (1864 – 1934) Businesswoman and Community Banking Leader 
  • Addie L. Wyatt (1924 – 2012)?Labor Union Leader and Civil Rights Activist
  • Norma Yaeger (1930)?First woman stockbroker to be permitted on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). 
Congratulations to Loretta Pigeon Upper Perkiomen BPW 2016 Women of the Year!

Loretta has been a member of Upper Perkiomen BPW since 2013. In her time as a member she has served on the Women’s Expo, Job fair and Mentor committees. She is the 2016 Individual Development Program State speak off winner and currently serving as the Upper Perkiomen 1st Vice President. She also serves BPW/PA as the District 11 Young Careerist chair and Individual Development Program facilitator.

Loretta has been employed with Family Caregivers Network since March of 2013. During her employment she has been a scheduling coordinator, new employee trainer and now service as the Director of Community Relations.

Loretta is a 2005 graduate of the Katherine Gibbs School where she became a certified Medical Assistant. In 2014 She graduated from Immaculata College with her Bachelors in Healthcare Management.

In her free time Loretta volunteers as the President of the Upper Perk Girls Basketball Club. She is a Grandview Hospital Hospice volunteer and the first woman referee for Team X youth flag football.

Loretta has a strong sense of self, a success-driven work ethic and the extraordinary accomplishments to show for it. Her commitment, vision and talents make her true leader in BPW. Loretta affirms that gender equality and women’s empowerment are central to the achievement of the Upper Perkiomen BPW.

As the Programs Chair Loretta is constantly looking for new outlets that will benefit all members of our local organization. Her goal is to provide education to women that will benefit them for years to come. In her role as first VP Loretta is head strong to make sure all members are given fair opportunities to grow within the organization, that their ideas are recognized and that voices are heard.

Upper Perkiomen BPW 2016 Employer Of The Year -

Family Caregivers!

Family Caregivers Network is a Home Care Agency licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. It is owned and operated by Gerry Fioriglio, Registered Nurse & Certified Dementia Practitioner with over 35 years’ experience in caring for others. Family Caregivers Network understands the needs of seniors and the family members caring for them. As a community based healthcare organization, Family Caregivers Network provides a full range of in-home healthcare services in Montgomery, Upper Bucks, Berks, Southern Lehigh, and Northampton County. Specializing in the care of seniors Family Caregivers Network helps individuals maintain independence and improves one's’ quality of life. All staff have certified training in Alzheimer’s Care, Dementia Care, and End of Life Care. The educational programs, care management programs, and community outreach programs offer families the necessary to understanding of care giving and helps alleviate caregiver stress.

Family Caregivers began in the year 2000 in the home of Gerry Fioriglio and started with three women. Over the past 16 years Gerry dedicated herself to the success and growth of not only her business, but her employees as well. Family Caregivers currently employs 69 people, 64 of which are women. While Gerry has achieved many accomplishments as a business owner, one of her greatest strengths is her investment in her employees and her willingness to promote within. While Gerry is invested in her employees and their professional growth, she is also an employer who is committed to personal growth. Family Caregivers offers the employs a work environment that provides a work- life balance, encourages educational growth and training, and supports personal and professional advancement.

As a female business owner, Gerry Fioriglio, encourages all of her female employees to join BPW and participate in the Individual Development program. Family Caregivers Network is comprised mostly of women, and will thrive because of it’s dedication to the employees and the advancement of women. It is a company that was built by a female entrepreneur who found her business on the belief that women are equal. Through success and mentor-ship, Family Caregivers Network is a business that is actively molding the next generation of business and professional women.


Woman of the Year/Employer of the Year Awards Night

The Pajama Project
Kaitlyn Berger, The PJ Project
Kaitlyn Berger granddaughter of BPW member Claudia Kulp gave a presentation and update on the PJ Project at our January Dinner Meeting.

Kaitlyn who is 15 years old started the PJ Project in 2010 when she heard about the children in need at the Delaware County Shelters.  Hense grew the PJ Project.  Pajamas new and used are collected for the children in need.  Why PJ's.  Kaitlyn explains because pajamas make you feel safe and at home even if we aren't.  So far the project has helped over 1,000 children in need. 

If you wish to help pajamas in any size, gender, and season are accepted.  New and used pajamas are accepted.  Current drop off locations are;

Sweet Beginnings in Boyertown
St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Pennsburg
Howard L. Kulp, CPA in Pennsburg
or you can call to arrange a pick up, 610-326-7502.