Warren honors Heather DiPrato of Yardley in Year of the Pennsylvania Woman ceremony
HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Perry Warren today honored Heather DiPrato of Yardley during a Capitol ceremony marking 2018 as the Year of the Pennsylvania Woman.
A Bucks County native, DiPrato is the co-founder and publisher of Yardley Living and Newtown Neighbors. Prior to launching those publications, she rose from an entry-level position to become a senior vice president in a 25-year marketing career.
DiPrato graduated from Neshaminy High School and attended Bucks County Community College.
According to the Center for American Progress, only 25 percent of executive and senior level officials and managers are women. Business ownership is a growing sector. There are nearly 10 million women-owned businesses in the U.S., and more than 2 million businesses have been opened by women in the last 10 years. According to the National Women's Business Council, women-owned businesses across the nation generated $1.4 trillion in receipts and now represent some 38 percent of all U.S. businesses.
“A champion for her community, Heather is at the heart of so much success for our local businesses,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “Her work embodies what makes women leaders so valuable: energy, strength and the ability to connect with people over what’s most important to them and their businesses."
DiPrato also serves as president of the Yardley Business Association, helping local businesses create effective campaigns to increase awareness, visibility and word-of-mouth growth. She’s also a member of the Yardley Harvest Day Committee and the Development Committee for Potential Inc. of Newtown, a non-profit organization that assists people with autism, like DiPrato’s son, to realize their full potential.
The Year of the Pennsylvania Woman was created by a House resolution co-sponsored by Warren. The resolution focuses on the positive acts and accomplishments of women who have made a difference and who strive for success. The resolution bestows honor on women in many walks of life – including the arts, business, medicine, government, entertainment, sports and philanthropy.
“By naming 2018 ‘The Year of the Pennsylvania Woman,’ we’re encouraging all women to pursue and attain their dreams and goals,” Warren said. “Today’s awardees are an inspiration to women like my three daughters and all women in our communities.”