WAM Podcast Host Linda Rigano welcomed Emily Soloby, Founder and CEO of Juno Jones Shoes to the show.
Shortly after, she took a job as a nonprofit lawyer, advocating for women in domestic violence cases. The years of high stress and tragic scenarios of clients led Emily to start a new chapter. She decided to go back to graduate school to get her Masters Degree. At Temple University, she met her husband Ryan and they took over a small family business in Harrisburg, PA. Together, they worked hard to recruit and train men and women for truck driving positions – an industry suffering from lack of talent. Thanks to Emily’s efforts, they took on a contract with the U.S. Coast Guard to help train drivers to move cargo, and the company quickly grew a national reach.
Emily’s entrepreneurial bug kicked in again as she noticed that many women in logistics and manufacturing industries had limited options for safety footwear that is rugged, comfortable and stylish. Enter – the premier of Juno Jones Shoes, Emily’s brand-new venture manufacturing just the kind of footwear women have been waiting for! Emily hopes that her line of fashionable steel toe boots will help to normalize the presence of women in non-traditional fields. The right gear not only helps women feel safer on the job, but creates a greater sense of belonging in what are usually male-dominated fields.
Hear Emily’s inspiring story including the role models in her life who helped her all along the way. And, please join the Kickstarter campaign for Juno Jones and be a part of something great! CLICK HERE to learn more.
Meet Our Guest, 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.
Meet Your Host, Linda Rigano
Linda Rigano is the Principal Consultant of The Rigano Group. Her expertise and enthusiasm for strategic and effective communication permeate all that she does as a consultant to B2B and B2C technology, manufacturing, supply chain, and publishing organizations to improve business performance and stakeholder relationships by building highly successful and measurable communications programs.
With over 20 years of industry experience, Linda has excelled in helping organizations advance the discussion of important industry issues. She was central to the development and promotion of ThomasNet’s annual Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) survey on the state of manufacturing, the ThomasNet/ISM “30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars” Recognition Program, and ThomasNet’s North American Scholarship Program. Linda also served as Director of Strategic Alliances for ThomasNet, and for many years was the Publisher of the Thomas Food Industry Register.
Throughout her career, Linda has been an active participant and presenter for manufacturing, supply management, and business associations. She is widely quoted in business and trade media, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Nightly Business Report, and Industry Today. Linda holds an MBA in marketing from Fordham University.
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