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 #22: Liz Prestella – NASCAR Crew Member and Clothing Company Founder

Liz Prestella

Liz Prestella is a tire specialist and mechanic in NASCAR as well as the founder of Torq’d Clothing, a clothing line that makes work wear designed for women by women in racing and similar trade industries. On today’s episode of the Hazard Girls podcast, Host Emily Soloby sits down with Liz to learn all about how following her passions led her to where she is today.


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.


Liz Prestella

Liz Prestella a Lake Tahoe, CA native is a NASCAR crew member and the founder of Torq’d Clothing, A clothing line that makes work wear designed for women by women in racing and similar trade industries. Liz has over a decade of experience in racing working in roles such as tire specialist and tire changer along with designing work wear with those types of careers in mind.

Liz always knew that she wanted to work in racing from a young age but there were several challenges like in many other male-dominated careers and one that she set out to solve after years of frustration was creating properly fitting clothing for women that work in demanding trade industries.

Most work wear is not created equally for women so in 2017 Liz set out to make clothing that’s not only functional but better adapted to women’s bodies to offer them a look that raises confidence and comfort while still handling the day to day grind. Liz wears Torq’d Clothing in her job as a tire specialist and mechanic in NASCAR at the track and in the shop as she works for a race winning organization at the highest level in the Cup series.

Torq’d clothes can be found all across the United States in a variety of places from the Indy 500 to the starting lanes of NHRA races along with a variety of other fields where women are looking for dependable, durable and flexible pants made for them.

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