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, #3 Libby Mendiratta: Championing Women to Elevate in the Construction Industry as Leaders

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Our guest today is Libby Mendiratta, the Executive Vice President at G.E. Frisco Company, a family-owned business specializing in supplying lumber and building materials across the Mid-Atlantic region. Libby has been in the construction industry for over 20 years and she oversees the entire division of the business that serves state and federal contracts. She is also the chair of the Women Building Washington Committee, an active member of the Washington Building Congress, and on the programming and stewardship committee of the Annual Women in Construction Conference in DC. Libby teaches younger generations about the construction industry and trades, and is passionate about inspiring more women to enter the construction industry and elevate to leadership positions! Tuning in, you’ll hear more about her background, how she became the CPO and what that means to her, how she believes we can increase awareness of jobs in construction for women, and approaches that can elevate women into leadership positions in the industry. For all this, and more, join us for today’s episode of Hazard Girls!

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.


SPECIAL GUEST

Libby Mendiratta

Libby Mendiratta is the Executive Vice President of G.E. Frisco Company, Inc. – a family owned business specializing in supplying lumber and building materials across the Mid-Atlantic region. As an Asian- owned MBE company, Libby oversees the entire division of business that serves the state and federal contracts and has been in the construction industry for over 20 years. Recently, she has also taken on the people and culture role of the company, working towards creating and maintaining a winning team culture rooted in inclusion, gratitude, respect, and high performance of all employees. She believes that their people are the company’s greatest asset. She is the Chair of the Women Building Washington Committee in Associated Builders and Contractors Metro Washington, an active committee member of Washington Building Congress, and on the programming and stewardship committee of the annual Women in Construction Conference in DC. She volunteers in project SheBuilds and National Rebuilding Day with Rebuilding Together Montgomery County to help renovate and provide critical repairs to the vulnerable population. She is a champion of helping the younger generation learn more about the construction industry and trades as well as uplifting the voices of women to inspire more females to enter the industry and elevate into leadership positions. She believes in women having a seat at the table and would love to see even more women at the head of the table.

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