Many women, contrary to their male counterparts, hold back from applying for positions because they feel under-qualified. Our guest today is an example of someone who refused to fall into the imposter mindset and went for the position she deserved! Joining us on Hazard Girls is the awe-inspiring Buna George, Executive Director for The Greater Yuma Port Authority, real estate agent, and cancer survivor. Buna is proof that it is okay to learn on the job, and that, with a positive attitude and dedication, you can achieve anything. In this episode, Buna fills us in on the work she’s doing with the Port Authority in Arizona, and her journey to landing her position and thriving in it. We learn how she started dabbling in real estate as a side hustle long before it was all the rave and the effect her upbringing had on her mindset! She candidly shares her cancer journey, and the profound insights it has imbued in her. Tune in to hear Buna’s story and her invaluable advice on mindset, goals, and hard work!
Sn. 3, #22 Buna George: Overcoming Obstacles and Holding Your Own
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.
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Raised in the Border town of Yuma, AZ, Buna grew up in a bi-cultural community and strong family ties. Growing up, her father worked for a large home builder. Buna and her older brother Edgar found themselves working in the new home subdivisions on the weekend’s whist in grade school. They swept houses that were recently framed and picked up trash as their father worked. Buna always looked forward to going to work with her dad. “He paid us $1/house”. It wasn’t until years later, once Buna was active in real estate, did she realize it was grunt work that no one wanted to do during working hours. “Kudos to my dad and his way to make a chore something we looked forward to.”
Buna currently serves as the Executive Director for the Greater Yuma Port Authority, a quasi-governmental nonprofit agency focused on port efficiency, economic development and strengthening bi-national relationships within the Arizona/Sonora Mega Region.
“My life took a turn in 2015 when I was diagnosed with Stage III Colon Cancer. I am happy to say that I am officially in remission and have worked hard to shift my mindset to that of a fortunate, intelligent favored woman. I took a 180 in my career, with my relationships and my focus.”
Buna is ready to speak about her illness, her decisions, and her persona. A transparent unapologetic beautiful and happy person.