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, #15 Janet Ruth Bates: Changing the Face of the Construction Industry

Many women in the construction industry come to the sector via another career, and today’s guest is no different. When Janet Bates studied theater and dramatic literature, she never envisioned she would be the trailblazer she is today. Currently, Janet is a Client Solutions Manager at JE Dunn and is also involved in a number of organizations in Charleston. In this episode, Janet talks about her career journey and shares how she uses her theater skills in her work today. We discuss Janet’s desire to change the face of the construction industry, and she shares some of the actionable strategies we can take to normalize careers in construction for women. Once women are in all roles in construction, we get closer to a more equitable industry. Our conversation also touches on the issues with childcare in construction, Janet’s incredible morning routine, and the power of planning.


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.

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Janet Ruth Bates

A construction industry veteran, Janet Bates is the client solutions manager at JE Dunn Construction, responsible for business development in Charleston and the surrounding Lowcountry. Bates heads JE Dunn’s efforts to build long-term strategic relationships with clients in the commercial office, education, hospitality, and healthcare markets. While construction was not where she planned on ending up, after over a decade in the industry, it’s very clear she’s found her home. She is passionate about building the community she loves and is driven to change the face of construction so young girls and boys can see themselves in all roles in the industry.

Janet is the Immediate Past President and a founding member of the Palmetto Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), and the 2020-2021 NAWIC South Atlantic Regional Membership Chair and National Chapter Development Co-Chair. Janet is a member of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Leadership Charleston Class of 2021, a member of Commercial Real Estate Women of Charleston, the Urban Land Institute, and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Regional Policy Council.

Her work with NAWIC garnered her national recognition as the NAWIC 2019 Future Leader of the Year. She holds her MBA in General Management and Sustainable Enterprise from the University of North Carolina Kenan Flagler Business School and her BA in Theatre and Dramatic Literature from The George Washington University. A graduate of the Tuck School of Business Bridge Program at Dartmouth, Janet began her career at Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation, and at Fathom, an agency known for its award winning brand development and creative material, before entering the construction industry.

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