#95 Meet Emily Soloby – Empowering Women to Find their Voice & Boot Style
MEET YOUR HOST
Linda Rigano is the Principal Consultant of The Rigano Group. Her expertise and enthusiasm for strategic and effective communication permeate all that she does as a consultant to B2B and B2C technology, manufacturing, supply chain, and publishing organizations to improve business performance and stakeholder relationships by building highly successful and measurable communications programs.
With over 20 years of industry experience, Linda has excelled in helping organizations advance the discussion of important industry issues. She was central to the development and promotion of ThomasNet’s annual Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) survey on the state of manufacturing, the ThomasNet/ISM “30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars” Recognition Program, and ThomasNet’s North American Scholarship Program. Linda also served as Director of Strategic Alliances for ThomasNet, and for many years was the Publisher of the Thomas Food Industry Register.
Throughout her career, Linda has been an active participant and presenter for manufacturing, supply management, and business associations. She is widely quoted in business and trade media, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Nightly Business Report, and Industry Today. Linda holds an MBA in marketing from Fordham University.
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Our guest today, Emily Soloby, has been on a mission to help women since the start of her career. From being a women’s rights lawyer to owning two companies, Emily has always placed empowerment at the core of what she does. She has moved between many different industries throughout her career, and while she found these moves tough, she also discovered some unexpected links between them. Through both her time as a lawyer and as the owner of a trucking school business, she was able to assist people – women specifically – in profound ways.
Emily’s journey started at the University of Minnesota where she received a degree in Women’s Studies; followed by a law degree from Temple University.
Shortly after, she took a job as a nonprofit lawyer, advocating for women in domestic violence cases. The years of high stress and tragic scenarios of clients led Emily to start a new chapter. She decided to go back to graduate school to get her Masters Degree. At Temple University, she met her husband Ryan and they took over a small family business in Harrisburg, PA. Together, they worked hard to recruit and train men and women for truck driving positions – an industry suffering from lack of talent. Thanks to Emily’s efforts, they took on a contract with the U.S. Coast Guard to help train drivers to move cargo, and the company quickly grew a national reach.
Emily’s entrepreneurial bug kicked in again as she noticed that many women in logistics and manufacturing industries had limited options for safety footwear that is rugged, comfortable and stylish. Enter – the premier of Juno Jones Shoes, Emily’s brand-new venture manufacturing just the kind of footwear women have been waiting for! Emily hopes that her line of fashionable steel toe boots will help to normalize the presence of women in non-traditional fields. The right gear not only helps women feel safer on the job, but creates a greater sense of belonging in what are usually male-dominated fields.
Hear Emily’s inspiring story including the role models in her life who helped her all along the way. And, please join the Kickstarter campaign for Juno Jones and be a part of something great! CLICK HERE to learn more.