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 #20: Haleigh Fickett is a Truck Driving Champion

Haleigh Fickett

Professional Truck Driver Haleigh Fickett made a name for herself by competing in the National Truck Driving Championship and winning first place in the Tanker Class. This makes her first female in the state of Maine to ever take first place in any class as well as the youngest female in the nation to ever compete in the National Truck Driving Championship. As professional truck driver for Kris-Way Leasing Haleigh continues to be a trail blazer for women in any male-dominated industry. Haleigh takes time out of her busy schedule to sit down with Hazard Girls Podcast Host Emily Soloby to share her story and 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.


Haleigh Fickett

My name is Haleigh Fickett, I am a 25 year old female truck driver. I obtained my CDL in 2014 at the age of 16 and have been working in the industry most of my adult life. I spent the winter season of 2017-2018 operating a plow truck on the interstate system of Maine. In the summer of 2018 at the age of 21 I obtained my hazardous materials endorsement and spent the next four years working in the fuel industry primarily delivering gasoline and fuel products to gas stations. In May of 2022 I competed in the Tanker class at the Maine Truck Driving Championship and became the first female in the state of Maine to ever take first place in any class as well as the youngest female in the nation to ever compete in the National Truck Driving Championship which I attended in August of 2022. I am now currently working for Kris-Way Truck Leasing driving standard freight rather than hazmat, and still loving being a part of the trucking industry as well as doing my best to be an encouragement to all women in or around male dominated industries through my social media channels on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.

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