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. 2, #18 Tanya Ragan: Preserving the Cities That Make Us


With a background in energy, finance, and real estate, the owner and president of Wildcat Management, Tanya Ragan, brings to the table a multi-faceted skillset that’s diverse and incredibly powerful.

But leading Wildcat Management to success comes with another big responsibility — that of stewardship. Regardless of the projects she and her team work on, Tanya steers the company to take a very active role in the communities they invest in and to uphold responsible development practices. In fact, Tanya and her team preserved the largest commercial building in downtown Dallas by relocating it just eight blocks away, brick-by-brick, to the historic farmers market.

Tanya is also extremely passionate about lifting up women in the workplace. That’s why she looks to hire female contractors, vendors, and business partners to show the integral need for women in real estate, development, and urban revitalization.

Through innovative techniques, a love for the authentic charm of cities, and dedication to giving women a space in the industry, Tanya is paving the way for a revolution of thoughtful restoration and building.


Photo courtesy of Ashley Landis and the Dallas Morning News


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.


Tanya Ragan

President of Wildcat Management, Tanya Ragan is an entrepreneur, activist, and leader of the movement to redevelop Downtown Dallas. A visionary business-owner, Tanya has conquered the real estate, venture capital, and energy industries. Her company, Wildcat Management, focuses on scaled, locally-financed projects in up-and-coming urban areas. Tanya has been a part of the Dallas business community for several years and has played an integral role in developing large real estate projects and properties all over the country, taking great pains to practice responsible development and stewardship. Currently, Tanya is performing a $15M redevelopment on the Purse Building in Downtown Dallas’s historic West End neighborhood, and is leading the efforts as Chairman of the West End Association, a non-profit organization tasked with transforming Dallas West End, to revive and reacti-vate the entire downtown district as a place to live, work and play. Tanya is also committed to helping women in real estate and

construction achieve their full potential, and is intentional to bring woman-operated vendors and contractors onto projects with her. Altogether, Tanya’s diversified experience, undeniable work ethic and disruptive energy have made her a go-to industry ex-pert and a visionary leader in commercial real estate, construction, and development for the past 15 years. A resident of Down-town Dallas herself, she is a tireless community activist and works to both understand and maintain the delicate balance between transforming and preserving the character of the city.

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