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, #11 Kristina Mahler: Normalizing Women As Construction Workers

As a woman in the construction industry, all you want is to be treated as an equal in the workplace. Joining us today to discuss this topic is the director of Crew Collaborative, Kristina Mahler. We talk about how far the company has come since we last met with Kristina, the difficulties of starting a non-profit organization during a pandemic, and the company’s Classroom Talks and Ambassador Program projects. We also discuss their mission to change the face of construction and the stigma around a career in this industry. Next, we go into why we need to support women in construction being attacked on social media and why focusing on other people’s opinions can be detrimental. We then delve into why women in construction don’t want to be singled out and how the best thing we can do to support them is to treat them as equals. Finally, we discuss the importance of supporting the mental health of employees and how we can champion actual change in the industry. To hear all this and more, 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.


Kristina Mahler

Kristina is a motivational construction industry thought-leader with over 20 years of experience in team leading, marketing strategy, workforce development, and operations know-how. She is a strong collaborator with a successful track record of forming powerful relationships, discovering and capitalizing on opportunities, and shining a light on the blue-collar industry. She is both professionally and personally driven to have a positive impact in the world. Currently, she holds the Director of Marketing position with Greiner Construction based out of Minneapolis, MN and also volunteers her time as Executive Director of Crew Collaborative, a nationwide construction workforce development nonprofit. She is known for her unapologetically passionate writing calling out the shifts needed in the blue-collar industry to support workforce growth.

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