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, #8 What it Takes to Run a Million-Dollar Business with Kate Hancock

Today’s guest is on a mission to provide you with the community and education you need to scale your business, be a high-performance leader, and achieve the success you deserve. Known as the Pivot Queen, Kate Hancock is a serial entrepreneur, international speaker, and community builder who has founded ventures such as Bintana Sa Paraiso, a high-end boutique hotel in the Philippines, and …

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Sn. 3, #7 Amy Nicklaus: Risk-Taking and Team Building with the Founder of Nicklaus Marketing & PR

In this Episode of Hazard Girls we are joined by Amy Nicklaus to chat about entrepreneurship, the risks involved, the obstacles faced, and the importance of building the right team. Amy is the founder and CEO of Nicklaus Marketing & PR, a full-service marketing agency with a heavy focus on digital marketing and product development. …

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Sn. 3, #6 Jennifer Zhang: Selling a Learning Experience and Introducing STEM to a Larger Audience

Jennifer Zhang started a watch company six months out of college. She was broke and had just quit her full-time job. Within two weeks, she had launched a successful Kickstarter campaign and turned a $1,000 investment into $91,000. Her company, Rotate Watches, which offers novice engineers all-in-one kits to build their own mechanical watches, went …

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Sn. 3, #5 Allison Jencson: The Power of Tradeswomen Supporting Tradeswomen

As many of you may know, we were recently at the National Association of Women in Construction Annual Conference (NAWIC) in Charlotte, North Carolina. While we were there, we got to meet so many interesting women, working on all kinds of innovative and exciting things in construction, but one of our favorite presentations was the …

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Sn. 3, #4 Julia Hodum: Fostering Diversity and Inclusion

This week on Hazard Girls we continue our conversation on diversity and inclusion. Here to help us shed further light on the topic is Julia Hodum, Director of Inclusion and Diversity for the North American arm of the Schindler Group, a Swiss company and leading global mobility provider of escalators, elevators, and related services. In …

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Sn. 3, #3 Rebecca Francis: Harnessing Diversity and Inclusion to Build Success

Today’s guest, Rebecca Francis, is a Diversity and Inclusion Specialist with IEA, Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives Inc. Tuning in, you’ll hear what her role entails and how she uses her background in education to teach employees on who to go to if they have a complaint, and Rebecca shares what she thinks about the goal …

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Sn. 3, #2 Sarah Marie Liddle: Building Small Scale Happiness and Self-Compassion

On this episode, we chat with Sarah Marie Liddle, a certified professional coach for small businesses and individuals seeking to live well and productively. She is based out of Canberra, Australia, where she offers positive psychology and wellness tools to help professionals bring more balance and productivity into their day. You’ll hear how Sarah Marie …

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Sn. 3, #1 Paige Loew: Personal Safety and How Things are Made

Do you ever wonder how things are made? Paige Loew, a safety specialist at 3M, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, works with end-user customers across nearly every industry from healthcare and construction to manufacturing, and she gets to see it all! In today’s episode, you’ll hear about Paige’s journey to her current position, how she can …

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Sn. 2, #25 Lupita Vazquez: Cutting Through When Things Get Hard with the Queen of Concrete

On today’s episode, we are visited by the Queen of Concrete, Lupita Vazquez, a leader in the male-dominated construction industry and an integral figure in the Hispanic construction community. Tune in to hear Lupe tell the story of how she entered the world of construction after being told it wasn’t for her, the elevator pitch …

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Sn. 2, #24 Michelle Seiler Tucker: Excelling as a Woman in the Male-Dominated World of Mergers and Acquisitions

Excelling as a woman in a male-dominated industry is no easy feat but, looking at Michelle Seiler Tucker’s career, it is clear that with the right focus, tenacity, and ability, it is totally achievable. On today’s episode, Michelle tells us the story of how she came to build a hugely successful business, offers listeners expert …

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Sn. 2, #23 Dr. Nicole Tschierske: Advancing Your Career in STEM Through Coaching

Our guest today is Dr. Nicole Tschierske, founder of Into Action Coaching, is a scientist who has turned herself into a career coach, specifically to help women in science and technology get noticed in their companies and grow in their careers. Dr. Tschierske studied food chemistry and holds a Ph.D. in chemistry. When she felt …

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Jill Morley: Fighting Like a Girl

Jill Morley is an award-winning screenwriter and documentary filmmaker. Her feature documentary, Fight Like a Girl, is about women using boxing to fight their demons and empower themselves. In addition to her many award-winning screenplays and films, she is a contributing writer to periodicals like The Village Voice, Bust Magazine, and The New York Press, …

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Sn. 2, #21 Anne Pfleger and Kristey Stewart: Supporting the Growing Influence of Women in the Construction Industry

In today’s episode of Hazard Girls, we are visited by two impressive guests from the National Association of Women in Construction, Anne Pfleger and Kristey Stewart. We open today’s episode with a conversation about how Kristey and Anne entered the world of construction and the ‘aha moments’ that sparked their passion for empowering women in …

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Sn. 2, #20 Valencia McDaniel and Erica Jean-Baptiste: Equipping, Growing, and Building

Valencia McDaniel and Erica Jean-Baptiste are on a mission to solve the issue of the skills trade gap in construction through the company that they co-founded; Women Gone Global Partners. Both women come from different backgrounds, but they have the same dream, and their partnership is giving the construction industry a female face. In this …

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Sn. 2, #19 Geraldine Anello: Women in Broadway Music and Home Improvement

When people think of male-dominated fields, broadway music is not usually the first to come to mind, but the truth is that women are a minority in orchestra pits. Today we talk to Geraldine Anello, a Broadway musician who has worked as a conductor, keyboardist, and pianist for many well-known shows, including Kinky Boots, School …

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Sn. 2, #18 Tanya Ragan: Preserving the Cities That Make Us

With a background in energy, finance, and real estate, the owner and president of Wildcat Management, Tanya Ragan, brings to the table a multi-faceted skillset that’s diverse and incredibly powerful. But leading Wildcat Management to success comes with another big responsibility — that of stewardship. Regardless of the projects she and her team work on, …

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Sn. 2, #17 Jen McGowan: Directing, Filmmaking and Feminist Horror Movies

If we only rely on the people who are being disenfranchised to solve that disenfranchisement, then it will never change. In today’s episode we speak with Director and Filmmaker Jen McGowan whose recent feminist horror, Rustcreek was lauded by Harper’s Bazaar as being “Exactly What Hollywood Needs Right Now”. Jen is the founder of Glass …

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Sn. 2, #16 Judaline Cassidy: Jobs Don’t Have Genders

Only 3.5% of jobs in the trades are held by women. Judaline Cassidy, our guest on today’s show, is a tradeswoman on a mission to change this. As a young girl growing up in Trinidad and Tobago, Judaline’s dream was to study law, but circumstances led her to become a plumber, and this was the …

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Sn. 2, #15: Allison Grealis: Empowering Women in Manufacturing

29 percent of the manufacturing sector is made up of women and very few of these are in leadership roles. Our guest on today’s show, Allison Grealis, is passionate about changing this. Allison is the founder and president of Women In Manufacturing, a national trade association focused on supporting, promoting, and inspiring women in the …

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Sn. 2, #14 Kate Day: Empowering Women Through Apparel with Dovetail Workwear

Kate Day has had a long-standing love for the environment, in all its forms. Whether as an arborist or eco-research assistant, she always puts her best foot forward to ensure that our natural resources are protected and preserved. Kate’s devotion to environment and community led her to Indonesia with Mercy Core where they work tirelessly …

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Sn. 2, #13 Agri-Women, Policies, and Advocating for Agriculture, with Karolyn Zurn and Alisha Nord

Enhancing lives by advocating for agriculture is something that our guests today are passionate about doing for agriculture and the families behind it. Karolyn Zurn holds many positions within the agricultural world; she is the current President of American Agri-Women, the past President of Minnesota Agri-Women, and the lead Minnesota farmer for Farmers Feed the …

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Sn. 2, #12 Lynley Oakes: Carpentry, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship

Today on the Hazard Girls Podcast, we talk to tradeswoman and businesswoman Lynley Oakes of Wild Oaks Creations. Lynley is a carpenter and lumber saleswoman based in Jacksonville, Florida. She started out in a corporate office, and then from there switched into trades as a construction site assistant. Within a week, she was promoted to …

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Sn. 2, #11 Allyson Hawley, Charli K. Matthews, and Blair Fraser: Working Towards Eradicating Gender Discrimination in Male Dominated Industries

Brought up in a mining family that had no time for gender stereotypes, Allyson Hawley, our guest on today’s show, was surprised when she began her mechanical engineering degree with hardly any fellow women students. Throughout her career in the male-dominated mining industry, Allyson has received a lot of support but has also experienced a …

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Sn. 2, #10 Alicia Woods: Creating Gender Equality in the Workplace

Not only does clothing have the power to impact our confidence and productivity, but, in industries like mining, it is also essential for keeping people safe. However, when items are designed only with men in mind, they can do the opposite of what they are intended for when worn by women. Our guest today, Alicia …

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Sn. 2, #9 Rachel Street: DIY Network’s Philly Revival on Historical House Flipping and Getting Your Own TV Show

Your gender doesn’t limit your abilities or your career options. As a woman, you are just as capable as any man to be successful in building your own business. Today’s guest is Rachel Street, the President of Hestia Construction. She is also a real estate agent, designer, TV star, and the host of the television …

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Sn. 2, #8 Chaya Milchtein: Automotive Independence Through Education

When your car breaks down it can feel like defeat, and shopping for a car without the right knowledge can be overwhelming. That’s why today’s guest has created a safe space to help the average consumer learn how to better buy and understand their vehicle investment. At Mechanic Shop Femme, car education is empowerment, and …

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Sn. 2, #7 Rita Brown: Working Toward Parity and Equity in Construction

The construction industry is one of the best industries for women to gain parity and is a sector with one of the smallest gender pay gaps. This does not mean there is not still a great deal of work to be done in the space. Rita Brown is a passionate and proven advocate for the …

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Sn. 2, #6 Emily Pilloton: Creating Truly Diverse Leadership Positions

There is something so transformative and powerful, especially for young women, when your own hard work and skills are out in the world, being utilized for good by other people. Today’s guest is Emily Pilloton, the Founder and Executive Director of Girls Garage, a non-profit that has taught thousands of young girls how to use …

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Sn. 2, #5 Caeley Looney: By Girls in STEM, For Girls in STEM

Just because you may work in a field dominated by men doesn’t mean you can’t be glamorous. Scientists and engineers can look however they want to look, all the while doing some really awesome stuff. Today’s guest is a rocket scientist by day and an editor in chief by night. Having graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical …

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Sn. 2, #4 Jhanel Wilson: From Chemical Engineer to Real Estate Investor

Transitioning from one male-dominated industry to another is not easy, but it is something today’s guest, Jhanel Wilson, has managed to do successfully. Jhanel is a Philadelphia-based chemical engineer turned real estate investor with a portfolio of over 10 million dollars. Her strategy focuses on small multifamily buy-and-hold, and she now teaches others in STEM …

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Sn. 2, #3 Mitzi Perdue: “Rice, Chicken, and Agriculture” Part 2

Welcome back to part two of this interview with businesswoman, author, and a master storyteller, Mitzi Perdue. As the past president of the 40,000 member American Agri-Women, the widow of chicken magnate Frank Perdue, and the daughter of Sheraton Hotels Founder Ernest Henderson, Mitzi has been deeply involved in some highly successful U.S. family businesses. …

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Sn. 2, #2 “Rice, Chicken, and Agriculture” with Mitzi Perdue: Part 1

Today’s guest is Mitzi Perdue, a businesswoman, author, and a master storyteller. She is the past president of the 40,000 member American Agri-Women, the nation’s largest coalition of women in farming and agribusiness. She is also the widow of chicken magnate, Frank Perdue, and has been deeply involved in the Perdue family businesses for many …

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Sn. 2, #1 Developing the Construction Workforce with Kristina Mahler of CREW Collaborative

As women in construction, planning to change the dynamic of our industry seems feeble if our meetups, retreats, and gatherings consist solely of women talking to women about how great women are and how to get more women on job sites. Today we welcome Kristina Mahler, a marketing-minded, small business strategist who has found her …

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Sn. 1, #23 Exploring the World of Land Surveying with Amanda Allred

Amanda Allred is a professional licensed land surveyor in six Western states, and she joins us today to talk about the educational and career journey that got her to where she is today. Amanda has owned and operated her own surveying firm and is the district land surveyor for the US Army Corps of Engineers …

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Sn. 1, #22 Safety Wear for Hardworking Women with Melissa Gaglione

This week we welcome Melissa Gaglione, the president of Safety4Her, a women’s safety and work gear brand aimed at supplying women with personal protective equipment (PPE). In this episode, she joins Emily to talk about her experiences as a woman in a male-dominated industry. Melissa also works in the trucking industry, running operations with her …

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Sn. 1, #21 STEM, Rocket Science, and Girl Power with Joan Melendez-Misner

Today on the podcast, we speak with Joan Melendez-Misner, a rocket scientist, science communicator, and influencer who has 14,000 followers on Instagram. When she is not making waves with her TikTok videos, Joan is a Mission Integration Systems Engineer at NASA, where she works for the Launch Services Program, managing space and aeronautical flight systems …

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Sn. 1, #20 Women in Geology: A Conversation with Jessica Scanlan, Christa Loucks, Alicia Randall, and Rachel Toler

Today’s guests are four women who make up an all-female geologist crew in Montana in the United States, in one of the world’s largest platinum mines. The mine they work in is part of a leading international precious metals mining company with a diverse portfolio of platinum group metal operations, known as PGM in the …

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Sn. 1, #19 Being an Empowered Leader in the Transit Industry with Inessa M. Vitko

Although women are contributing to the transformation of public transport, they frequently remain less visible and their role in making transit safer, more inclusive, and sustainable is not always acknowledged. Today’s guest is Inessa M. Vitko, the Chief Operations Officer of CTRAN in Vancouver, Washington. Inessa leads C-TRAN’s largest department, which includes all fixed-route and …

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Sn. 1, #18 Move Over Bob – The Inspiring Story of Angela Cacace

Today we welcome Angela Cacace to Hazard Girls – a woman who has continuously inspired women throughout her career. From being a barber, to a business-owner, to founding the viral hashtag “#MoveOverBob,” Angela has had a profound impact on the way that women take on non-traditional fields. Listen to Angela’s inspiring story!

Sn. 1, #17 Instilling Confidence in Girls Through the World of Building with Katie Hughes

Many factors prevent women from being represented in the trades, one of these being the perfectionism a lot of girls feel very early on in their lives. Not only does this stop them from trying new things, but it also makes them believe that being skilled should come naturally. One non-profit, Girls Build, is looking …

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Sn. 1, #16 Empowering Women in Construction, with Richelle Moreno

Often times, as women, we are forced to be more thoughtful and intuitive about how other people respond to us in these specifically male-dominant fields. We then have to sometimes alter our own behavior based on how we think someone else is going to respond. Our guest today is Richelle Moreno, a single mother of …

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Sn. 1, #15 Empowering Women in Industry: Tradeswomen of the Year 2020, with Deila Ray

Learning something new is always a challenge, especially when it involves a trade. Getting your certification and qualification as a trades-person is a journey often filled with failure and in such a process, it is important not to let the moment of failure negate the longevity of success. Our guest today is Deila Ray. Deila …

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Sn. 1, #14 Women in the Automotive Industry with Laurina Esposito

The automotive industry is still resistant to the idea of women as powerful drivers, that drive sports cars, and that build and work on cars themselves, but one woman is working to change that. Today, we are joined by EspoResto’s CEO and the founder of Women in Porsche, Laurina Esposito. With nearly 30 chapters worldwide, Women …

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Sn. 1, #13 Working to Close the Gender Gap in STEM with Chloe Gharios

There is a persistent gender gap in STEM careers across the world. This gap begins in education, fueled by gender stereotypes and expectations regarding “women’s work,” but one woman in STEM is looking to stomp out those stereotypes! Today’s guest Chloe Gharios, a Civil Engineer working in the power industry in Los Angeles. She has …

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Sn. 1, #12 The Power of “Can” with Charli K. Matthews

In this episode of the WAM Podcast, your host Emily Soloby speaks to Charli K. Matthews, the founder and CEO of Empowering Brands and also the founder of Empowering Pumps & Equipment, and Empowering Women in Industry. Charli is a truly dynamic individual who has had a fascinating career path, from working in the pumps …

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Sn. 1, #11 Creating Spaces for Women in Construction with Kathryn Hart

Camaraderie and a support system are an important part of what makes a job welcoming. For women in construction, who find themselves in this male-dominated space, reaching out isn’t always so simple. This is what prompted today’s guest, Kathryn Hart, to create the online community, Space to Build, where women in the sector can access …

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Sn. 1, #10 Celebrating Pride in Winemaking with Remy Drabkin

Remy Drabkin is a pioneering winemaker who impacts her industry as a top producer of non-traditional grape varieties. From an early age, Remy was inspired to preserve and promote the spirit of Oregon’s winemakers, designing her first wine label in 5th grade. Today, she is the owner of the renowned Remy Wines, Three Wives Wines, …

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Sn. 1, #9 Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Engineers with Amy Kaur, Co-Founder of Engineering Gals

Engineering is a typical example of a field that has been traditionally male-dominated. Our guest today, Amy Kaur, and her online community Engineering Gals, are doing a great job in trying to disrupt this status quo. Amy is a civil engineer in training, employed in the water industry. She is a graduate of California State …

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Sn. 1, #8 Women in Maritime Engineering with Serena Webber-Bey

Maritime engineering is a very male-dominant field, often with only one or two women aboard a ship at a time. Our guest on today’s episode of Hazard Girls is Serena Webber-Bey, a United States Coast Guard licensed Chief Engineer of Steam and Diesel Unlimited Horsepower Vessels. She has been sailing with the Maritime Engineers Beneficial …

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Sn. 1, #7 Turning Challenges into Successes with Skyler Mapes

Today on the show we welcome Skyler Mapes, a native of Oakland, California. Skyler is the co-founder of EXAU Olive Oil, which she founded in 2017 alongside her husband, Giuseppe. Prior to starting out in the olive oil business, Skyler worked in both the design and wine industries. She became interested in olive oil after …

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