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 5 #16: Dr. Ronda Hamm – Passionate About Providing Enriching Science and Agriculture Experiences For Everyone


Dr. Ronda Hamm is an entomologist, educator, and a princess in Reinvented Magazine’s Princesses with Powertools calendar. Dr. Hamm and Hazard Girls Host Emily Soloby discuss her unique story and her passion for insects, agriculture, and STEM.


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.


Dr. Ronda Hamm

Dr. Ronda Hamm is passionate about providing enriching science and agriculture experiences for everyone. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education at Fresno State University. She was a high school teacher before starting her graduate education. She received her Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in Entomology at Cornell University. Currently, she develops and implements strategies and relationships to promote people and innovations for the future of agriculture.  She has previously held roles as a Senior Biologist conducting both laboratory and field research in Urban Pest Management and Northern Crops, a Patent Liaison, and Six Sigma Project Leader. 

In 2019, Dr. Hamm was named an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) If/Then Ambassador and was recognized as an Indiana Woman of Achievement with Distinction in Science Education. She is the 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Informal Educator Award from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) for her work in founding three successful science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs (two while in graduate school and one at Corteva Agriscience) that continue to grow.  One of these programs reached more than a half million people in the first 5 years and engages students around the world. 

Find out more about her past experiences at www.linkedin.com/in/ronda-hamm

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