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. 4, #7 Julie Laughton: Why Women Make Great Leaders in Construction

Today’s guest has been in the construction industry since the 80s, a time when gender equality was not what it is today. Julie Laughton is a designer, general contractor, and the CEO of Julie Laughton Custom Homes, a unique one-stop-shop design-build service. Between New York City, where she began her career, and Orange County, California, where she is now based, Julie has designed over 500 spaces. Today she joins us to share some of the wisdom she has gained in her decades spent in the male-dominated industry of construction and design. Tuning in you’ll hear how Julie’s mom raised her without any boundaries around what women can or can’t do, how she started her business, some of the most notable projects she has been involved in, and what it’s like being a woman in a leadership role in a male-dominated industry. You’ll find out how Julie’s process works, why her company’s employee retention is so high, and how she developed the leadership skills that she has today. She also shares insight on her involvement in HGTV’s Frozen in Time. Julie is the epitome of what Hazard Girls is all about, so tune in today for this inspiring conversation!


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.


Julie Laughton

Julie Laughton is a designer, general contractor and CEO of Julie Laughton Design Build and JLGC. She provides a unique one-stop shop Design Build service for her clients. She draws the plans as the designer and runs the job as the general contractor, overseeing all aspects of the project from conception to completion with her hand-picked team of experts.

Julie is a graduate of Iowa State University where she studied Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Mechanical Engineering and Interior Design. After graduating in 1985, she moved to New York City where she spent the first seven years of her professional career working for two different architecture firms and the top five developers in Manhattan. In 1991, Julie left New York City, moved to Los Angeles and quickly found her way to Laguna Beach where she started and built her successful business. Julie’s motto is, “It all starts with a good plan.”

With three decades of experience building and remodeling custom luxury homes, Julie consistently provides a stress-free process for homeowners, delivering a 5-Star product every time. For more information on Julie go to her website julielaughton.com

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