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, #10 Isra Banks: Architecture for Healthier, Just, and More Sustainable Cities

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It was Isra Banks’ mother who first encouraged her to become an architect. Now a mother herself, Isra is passionate about building healthier, just, and more sustainable cities for the next generation. As a licensed architect in Massachusetts, two years ago Isra launched her own architecture firm, TriVek Architects. She also has a YouTube channel and is working on a book. Today she joins us on Hazard Girls to share her journey with us. Tuning in, you’ll hear how she realized she wanted to be an architect, and how long it took her to get there. She explains why she decided to start her own architectural firm, the challenges and fears she had to overcome in the process, and her passion for creating sustainable and viable neighborhoods. Isra expresses that the focus of all that she does is to improve physical and mental health through design. To find out how architecture can foster good health, the importance of natural light and spending time outdoors, and why it’s so important that architecture integrates with nature, tune in today!


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.


Isra Banks

Isra O. Banks, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C: is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, founder, and principal of Trivek Architects, and a faculty at Boston Architectural College. She received her Master of Architecture from Boston Architectural College. Isra has over fifteen years of experience designing large and medium scale projects ranging from $2M to $57M in Boston, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. With a focus on mixed-use, sustainable and viable neighborhoods, dormitory, and hospitality.

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