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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Sn5 #4 Dr. Hannah Shows: At The Intersection of Mathematics, Engineering And Communication

On this episode of Hazard Girls, we welcome Dr. Hannah Shows, Artificial Intelligence Specialist at Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld LLP. When Dr. Shows was in tenth grade, her geometry teacher told her he would be placing her in a remedial math class “as a favor to her” because she would never use math in her future, he unknowingly set her on a course that changed her life. When she arrived at college she opted to take the more difficult of the available math classes to prove to herself she could do it. It was in that class she found her love for math and math education thanks to a more accessible, open, and diverse teaching style. Since then she’s never looked back.
During her Ph.D. studies, Dr. Shows was working as a programmer. It was there she realized one of the things she loved about the work she was doing was the communication aspect. Her work required her to facilitate collaboration between multiple technical and clinical departments. Overcoming the significant communication barriers between departments is where Dr. Shows found her passion for communication combined with mathematics and engineering.
Outside of her role at the law firm, she helps bridge similar, highly technical communication gaps. Her social media, particularly Instagram, serves as a science communication platform where she helps people overcome the fear and loathing that often comes with math. Her goal is to create a community and foster communication in the interest of changing the landscape of STEM education while growing inclusivity in an often gendered space.
During their discussion, Dr. Shows and Emily touch on unlearning gender code-switching, keeping your femininity when entering traditionally male-dominated fields, strategic gender-typing in the workplace as a norm enforcement mechanism, and strategies for converting bystanders into allies.

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.


Dr. Hannah Shows

Dr. Hannah Shows is an Artificial Intelligence technical specialist at Haynes, Beffel & Wolfeld, LLP. Prior to transitioning into patent law, Hannah spent over a decade working as a biomedical engineer in both academia and the public sector. Hannah has first-hand research experience studying various computer engineering applications in medicine. She has worked with technologies such as computational modeling and simulation (CM&S), AI, and blockchain.

Hannah holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Wright State University, as well as degrees in both biochemistry and mathematics from the University of Iowa. She has published articles in leading academic journals, presented her work at several international conferences, and is a contributing author to academic textbooks in pharmacology and toxicology.

Hannah is passionate about technical communication that prioritizes accessibility and brevity. Clients appreciate her enthusiasm for novel technology, as well as her aptitude in both business and engineering. Hannah firmly believes in drafting patent applications that reflect a profound respect for the creativity and complexity of her clients’ inventions. In particular, she specializes in patent drafting for technologies related to Bio Tech, Fin Tech, and InfoSec.

In her free time, Hannah engages in advocacy work for inclusivity in STEM with a special focus on gender equity and disability activism. She volunteers as a math educator and is widely recognized for her online presence as a voice for creating accessible math.
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