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, #27 Nouchelle Hastings: Being a Bold Leader

Nouchelle Hastings thought she was going to be a doctor, but when got to college she realized what she really wanted was a different kind of challenge and chose to pursue a career in business development. Today she is the holder of two prestigious accolades; Women of the Year and Most Powerful and Influential Black Professional in South Florida! In today’s episode we discuss what Nouchelle’s fascinating career path has looked like, including her 12 years in the construction management industry, working with Paul Newman, running Omega Tactical with her husband, and founding her own organization; Women Empowering Women in Development. Nouchelle also opens up about the abuse that she experienced at the hands of her ex-husband, and how took back her power and stepped into her boldness to become the influential leader that she is today!

*Please Note: This episode contains sensitive content regarding Domestic Violence.*

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

Nouchelle Hastings

Nouchelle has always believed in the power of one’s voice. She began making her own voice heard at an early age, advocating, and talking to anyone within earshot, constantly inquisitive, and continually seeking knowledge and understanding. Today, Nouchelle stands as a leading woman who has found success in a male-dominated architectural, construction, and engineering industry who has worked directly with some of our world’s greatest talents and change agents such as the late, Paul Newman and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, (Walt Disney Imagineering Animal Kingdom),  Darden Olive Garden Remodels,  and  Health Facilities Designs and MOBs (to name a few).   In the middle of life, Nouchelle suffered a life-altering automobile accident and was not believed to ever walk again but with God’s grace, she prevailed, regained mobility after nearly two years in the wheelchair and several surgeries made a comeback.  In 2018, she relocated to South Florida and joined with a forensic engineering firm that focuses on high-rise structures in the condo/HOA sector with a specialization in litigation cases.

Nouchelle along with her husband owns a growing business and gives back through #omegacares.  Nouchelle found a way to mix her passion for humanity with her profess to form Women Empowering Women in Development (#wew)  – to create a safe space for women to engage, educate and support one another.   In 2021 she was listed as Woman of the Year for her town and Most Powerful and Influential Black Professional in South Florida. Nouchelle gives God all the Glory!

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