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 #19: Abby Ferri – Keeping The Workplace Safe Is No Accident

Abby Ferri

Abby Ferri, Chief Risk Officer at Insurate, and Hazard Girls podcast Host Emily Soloby take a deep dive into Abby’s important work in the field of safety and beyond. They touch on everything from the selection and fit of PPE for women (never DIY your PPE!), the pay gap, and making sure the construction field is welcoming to women who want to work in the trades, management, safety, and other paths. Throughout their amazing conversation, Abby shares with us a wealth of information and resources on mentorship, sponsorship, salary resources and so much more.


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.


Abby Ferri

As the Chief Risk Officer at Insurate, Abby Ferri has over 20 years of experience providing practical, creative, and innovative risk and safety management solutions for many industries. From construction to healthcare and everything in between – Abby is a valuable asset in all areas of worker safety and health. Some notable moments in her illustrious career include leading the ASSP/ISEA technical report committee establishing guidelines for the fit and selection of PPE for women, establishing safety education for construction management students, leading an international professional society’s women in safety group, and receiving multiple awards including the International Safety Equipment Association’s Distinguished Service Award and ASSP’s Safety Professional of the Year.

Other accomplishments under her belt include speaking at conferences throughout the US and global events virtually, founding and cohosting the global top 200 podcast “Safety Justice League,” and leading several initiatives to increase girls’ interest in trades and EHS careers.

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