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, #18 Dr. Nancy Williams: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome isn’t something that people are simply born with. More often than not, it’s a consequence of a wounding experience. Joining us today to talk about this and so much more is musician, culture consultant, and leadership and life coach, Dr. Nancy Williams. Dr. Williams has an impressive musical background, with a doctorate in musical arts, clarinet performance, and musicology, and many years of experience as a self-employed performer, educator, and ensemble leader. Most recently, she has taken her skills in music education into the business world and beyond, starting her own culture consultancy business as well as working as a leadership and life coach for high-achieving women. In our conversation with Dr. Williams, she reflects on the patriarchy in the musical field and her personal experience of unconsciously altering her behavior to make her male colleagues feel comfortable. We talk in depth about imposter syndrome: what it is, what causes it, how to overcome it, and how it differs from a lack of confidence. Dr. Williams explains what gaslighting looks like in a professional environment, shares some of the challenges that high-achieving women are faced with, and defines the subsequent overwhelm of overachieving. In closing, we hear what it takes for women to set compassionate boundaries and value their own time and energy, without the guilt! Tune in to find out what you can do to define and protect your limits and learn to say, “No!”


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.


Dr. Nancy Williams

Having taught hundreds of elite musicians and led an internationally recognized music ensemble, Dr. Nancy Williams helps overachieving leaders create cultures of joy and empowerment originally as a Culture Consultant and Coach, and then as a Leadership and Life coach. While starting her music business, Dr. Williams supported herself through corporate temping, and realized that her skills as a music educator transferred powerfully into the business world.


Dr. Williams decided to help leaders create positive and productive work environments, not through short-term strategies but through systematic culture change. Her Leadership G.I.V.E.S. Empowerment Method is based on Dr. Williams’s process of building cultures of excellence in her own career as a band director, musician, music educator, and business owner. Her mission as a music educator and coach remains constant: to inspire awareness and empowerment so that others can be agents of positive change in the world.


In her first year of coaching, Dr. Williams discovered that leaders needed as much assistance in creating joy and empowerment in their lives as in their work. She also started applying her Empowerment method to her own life with dramatic results, resulting in her title change to Leadership and Life Coach.

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