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 4 #17 Jennifer Todd: Taking up Space in Construction and Beyond

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Joining us today on the Hazard Girls podcast is the inspirational Jennifer Todd. Jennifer is a lawyer, the founder of an NPO called A Greener Tomorrow, and the founder and president of LMSGeneral Contractors and is here with us to discuss being a woman in the construction industry. We discuss Jennifer’s journey to getting her law degree, starting her company and her NPO, and the importance of having a ‘why.’ You will hear all about how and why Jennifer became a spokesperson for women in construction, her course to assist women in the industry, why confidence is essential, and how we can apply ‘typical male advice’ to women in construction. We also go into the importance of speaking out against wrongdoings, why lip service is dangerous, how to handle mansplaining, and how to create and support male allies. Finally, Jennifer delves into why we need more women in construction (because women are amazing!)

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

Jennifer Todd

Jennifer Todd is President of LMS General Contractors. Based in South Florida, LMS is a woman-owned, demolition and environmental services contractor which completing work across California and the Southeast. She is also the Founder of A Greener of Tomorrow, a 501c3 nonprofit geared toward the skill trade advancement of minorities and women.

Todd is a 2020 Engineering News-Record Top 25 Newsmaker, 2020 Construction Business Owner Magazine Outstanding Women in Construction finalist, 2021 Engineering News-Record Top 20 Under 40 Professional, and 2021 Engineering News-Record Southeast Young Professional.

Jennifer Todd is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers Industry Leaders Council and the National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC).

Todd is an ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law graduate and acquired her PM Certificate from Emory University.

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