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, #3 Mitzi Perdue: “Rice, Chicken, and Agriculture” Part 2

Welcome back to part two of this interview with businesswoman, author, and a master storyteller, Mitzi Perdue. As the past president of the 40,000 member American Agri-Women, the widow of chicken magnate Frank Perdue, and the daughter of Sheraton Hotels Founder Ernest Henderson, Mitzi has been deeply involved in some highly successful U.S. family businesses. She has also forged her own path, creating a lasting legacy in her own business ventures. She has authored 22 books, is a syndicated columnist with over 1,600 articles, and has even hosted her own 400-episode television series, Country Magazine, which was syndicated to 76 stations. She is the founder of CERES Farms, a real estate investment company that has owned rice fields, commercial and residential real estate, and successful vineyards. These days, Mitzi spends most of her time fighting against modern slavery as part of a global effort to combat human trafficking, and is the founder of WTF, which stands for Win This Fight, through which Mitzi enables wealthy donors to convert high-end jewelry or works of art into cash that is then donated to anti-trafficking organizations. In this episode, you’ll hear more from Mitzi about making a family business last, the pros and cons of coming from a famous family, and her time on television, as well as how Mitzi is working to put an end to human trafficking. Make sure to tune in!


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.


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