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 #20 Hanna Weaver: Working as a Woman in Automotive Mechanics

Today’s guest is a true pioneer in her field, being both the first woman to hold the Teaching Lab Technician position at Sinclair Community College and the youngest member of the department! Welcome to Hanna Weaver, an ASE certified master tech, full-time lecturer, and now a Master’s candidate. We talk to Hanna today about how she first got into the male-populated field of mechanics, and why she has transitioned into the world of lecturing. We discuss the differences in attitude needed across the different worlds, and her experience of being a young woman in an aggressive, competitive work environment. Hanna gives some great advice on how to improve young women’s confidence and desire to enter the world of mechanics, and what she feels automotive companies can do to increase female representation. Tune in to find out why Hanna is so appreciative of the Hazard Girls community, and so much more, on another glass-ceiling shattering episode!

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.


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Hanna Weaver

Hanna Weaver now works at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio as a teaching lab technician in the automotive department. Hanna is an ASE Certified Master technician accompanied with an A9 Diesel Certification and an L1 Advanced Engine Performance Certification. She graduated Sinclair in 2017 with an Associates in Automotive Technology, completed a Bachelor’s of Applied Management from Ohio University in summer of 2021, and is currently working on her Masters of Education at Wright State University. Hanna’s goal is to move into a tenure track position at Sinclair and teach full time in the automotive department.

Before working at Sinclair Hanna worked as a diesel technician for Kokosing Construction. Her main focus was a Duramax and semi fleet she helped keep up and running for the company. She spent her time learning to diagnose real life problems and use her skills to make a living. Hanna also owns a 2011 Ford Focus as her daily driver and a 1995 GMC 1500 with a 5.7L as her project truck. She loves to read and has a 5 month old kitten Peeves, named after the poltergeist from Harry Potter. More than anything, Hanna wants to be a role model for young girls, in all career paths. Her main priority being to help them find their confidence early in life.

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