Hazard Girls:
Women in Non-Traditional Fields

Host Emily Soloby, founder of Juno Jones Safety Shoes, interviews women who have successfully broken barriers in traditionally male-dominated fields. These dynamic women share their stories and advice for the next generation. Emily's goal with this podcast series is to show listeners that there are many ways to be successful - and being successful often requires hard work, community, and creativity, even when faced with adversity.

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Sn. 3, #5 Allison Jencson: The Power of Tradeswomen Supporting Tradeswomen

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As many of you may know, we were recently at the National Association of Women in Construction Annual Conference (NAWIC) in Charlotte, North Carolina. While we were there, we got to meet so many interesting women, working on all kinds of innovative and exciting things in construction, but one of our favorite presentations was the NAWIC PPE Fashion Show. That’s right; kick-ass women’s workwear brands on the catwalk! It was so powerful and, today, we are pleased to welcome one of the awesome leaders who modeled Juno Jones boots in that presentation. Her name is Allison Jencson, known as the Tradeswoman Tigress, and she is the President and CEO of Frontline Floor Coatings in the Greater Colorado Springs Area. She is also the founder of Girder Skirts, a community for tradeswomen to support and connect with one another, and a sought-after speaker, bringing her insight, experience, and rebellious spirit to the stage with a passion to inspire her audiences to step into their confidence and unleash the badass that she believes resides in all of us! In this episode, discuss some of the challenges Allison has faced as a female founder, how she overcame them, and how she acts as a catalyst for the change she wants to see. She also shares what the word rebel means to her, how she came to be known as the Tradeswoman Tigress, and some tips and tricks for celebrating your femininity in the male-dominated construction industry. You’ll hear all this and more in today’s episode of Hazard Girls, so make sure not to miss it!

MEET YOUR HOST

Emily Soloby

Emily received her BA in Women’s Studies and JD from Temple University. Early on, she worked as a legal advocate for women in domestic violence cases. After practicing law, Emily began working on the business side of things. She is the co-owner of AAA School of Trucking, a truck and heavy equipment safety training firm, which she has spent the last 10 years growing into a thriving national business through government and military contracting and corporate partnerships.

As an executive in the transportation industry, darting from client meeting to trucking range required safety boots that met her style standards, and when she couldn’t find them anywhere, she created Juno Jones Shoes. Emily trained in shoemaking in Cuernavaca, Mexico and at the Brooklyn Shoe Space, and assembled a powerhouse team of designers, consultants, and industry experts to bring Juno Jones to life. Through Juno Jones Shoes, Emily is fulfilling her dream of not only providing women with safe, stylish footwear options for their jobs but of helping to normalize and empower women in traditionally male-dominated fields.

For more information go to junojonesshoes.com.


SPECIAL GUEST

Allison Jencson

Allison “Ally” Jencson, sometimes called the Tradeswoman Tigress, is fiercely passionate about helping women be successful in the construction and trades industries. As the leader of her own trades business, Ally discovered that there aren’t many resources for the 2% of female construction workers who are tradeswomen. And so, being the resourceful rebel that she is, Ally created Girder Skirts™. A community for tradeswomen to support and connect with each other, just like a girder does for a physical structure. She has over 15 years of trades business experience to back up what she teaches. Ally knows it takes more than hard work and dedication to run a family and a business at the same time. It takes being a rebel and doing things differently!

Ally brings her insight, experience and rebellious spirit to the stage with a passion to inspire her audiences to step into their confidence and unleash the bad ass she believes resides in all of us. As a female business owner in the construction trades, Ally has been on both sides of the proverbial fence.

She’s been in the trenches doing the dirty work as well as the “behind the scenes” challenges of running a business as the CEO. She had to learn on her own how to be brave and embrace her leadership abilities. Through overcoming business and personal challenges, Ally has aligned with her “inner rebel” AND built bad ass businesses. Ally is so approachable and authentic. She has an uncanny ability to tune-in with her audiences, connecting with them on a deeper level and creating experiential keynotes with great take-aways

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