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. 3, #23 Stephanie Garcia: NAWIC, WIC Week, and Pink Hard Hats

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This episode’s guest is the incredible Stephanie Garcia, who’s here in her pink hard hat to tell you not to let anyone dull your sparkle! She’s the Quality Manager for Rogers-O’Brien Construction, has been in the construction industry for seven years, and is currently the secretary for the San Antonio chapter of the National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC). We’re thrilled to have her join us today as we kick off the conversation with all the exciting offerings that the San Antonio branch has prepared for the 2022 Women In Construction Week, from workshops to Habitat for Humanity involvement, and a whole lot more. Hear about her experience stepping into the amazing leadership community with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) national committee, and the two incredible publications NAWIC has on the go, plus Stephanie sends out a call for writing submissions from single moms in construction! We then touch on Stephanie’s fascinating arc, from an upbringing in the construction world to getting two degrees and doing lots of traveling before entering the world of construction – and she hasn’t looked back since. Learn about her typical workday, her sparkly new entrepreneurial venture, and why plants are such a source of calm and joy for her. Plus the listener will hear some wise words on why she’s a fierce advocate for keeping your humor and authenticity no matter where you go. Tune in to hear another badass conversation from another incredible Hazard Girl in construction.

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.


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Stephanie Garcia

Hola my name is Stephanie Garcia, been working in the construction industry for the past 7 years and proudly work for Rogers O’Brien Construction as a bi-lingual Quality Manger. My main tasks include document control, reviewing submittals & creating RFI’s. I am a National Association of Women in Construction member and participate at local and national levels. At the local level, I am the secretary for the San Antonio Chapter #11 and this year’s WIC Week Chair, Women in Construction Week will be celebrated March 6-12 and its 24-year anniversary! Check out our events at www.nawicsatx.org/wic-week and lets us know if you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering. At the national level, I am a communication pillar for the DE&I Committee, which stands for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. I help support NAWIC’s two publications, the Association magazine NAWIC Today & The Connection Newsletters. Please let us know if you are interested in writing any content for our publications.

I love to travel the world, hike, and bike. See the world through my lens as I love to photograph my adventures. Follow me on IG Stephtastic_13. One of my hobbies is jewelry making. This year with two of my best friends we are launching a handmade jewelry and crafts business called Las Tres Amigas, the three friends in Spanish. Check out our IG Lastresamgias.tx. Gardening is my escape from all the daily struggles. My favorite quote is “No mud, no lotus”. To be extraordinary, beautiful one must transformer the struggles into sparkles. And don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle. I am also a pet mom to two dogs and a cat. Onyx is 18 years old and is a Pomeranian-weenie mix. Max is 13 years old and is a yellow lab. Sphinx is 7 years old and is a Tabby domestic short hair.

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