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, #3 Rebecca Francis: Harnessing Diversity and Inclusion to Build Success

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Today’s guest, Rebecca Francis, is a Diversity and Inclusion Specialist with IEA, Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives Inc. Tuning in, you’ll hear what her role entails and how she uses her background in education to teach employees on who to go to if they have a complaint, and Rebecca shares what she thinks about the goal of diversity to build a more sustainable workforce. Find out why it is so important to represent all races, genders, and sexualities, and why there is such a growing need for Diversity and Inclusion Specialists, as well as why inequity is at the root of every problem while diversity and inclusion are the fruit, which enables companies to find the best talent within every culture and ensure its success. Rebecca also shares her career trajectory with listeners and tells us how her studies and experience have enriched what she brings to her work today. We touch on some of Rebecca’s other business pursuits, including vending machines for high-quality hair products, and she shares her advice for women who want to advance in these areas: just go for it! We hope you join us to hear from this inspiring woman 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.


Rebecca Francis

Rebecca Francis is a Diversity and Inclusion specialist for IEA/William Charles Construction. IEA is the mother company of William Charles Construction. A native of Rockford, Illinois, Rebecca has grown a passion for public policy, diversity/equity/inclusion, and the various functions of a business. Outside her busy work schedule, she finds time to create a hair vending company where she still focuses on celebrating diversity. However, all roads always lead back to how to create a more equitable life for all.

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