Brynn Everett, Women In Trucking Association
952-442-8850 ext.220, brynn@WomenInTrucking.org
Women In Trucking
Announces its 2020 May Member of the Month
WI – May 1, 2020 – The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced
Emily Soloby as its May Member of the Month. Soloby is the co-owner of AAA
School of Trucking, based out of Philadelphia, PA, and the Founder and CEO
of Juno Jones Shoes, a new company creating stylish steel toe work boots
for women. She is also the founder of the group Hazard Girls (Women in
Nontraditional Fields), and the host of the new weekly Hazard Girls show on
the WAM (Women and Manufacturing) podcast.
had a lifelong love of boots, but started her career on a different path.
While majoring in Women’s Studies at the University of Minnesota, she
volunteered as a courtroom advocate for abused women. That experience led
her to apply to law school, and she later graduated from Temple University
School of Law.
earning her law degree, Soloby became a legal aid lawyer, helping women and
children in divorce, child custody, and abuse cases. After a few years, she
decided to return to graduate school for her Master’s Degree. While
studying for her Master’s, Soloby met her future husband. After receiving their
degrees, they developed an interest in a family business, AAA School of
Trucking, located in Harrisburg, PA.
her husband both went to work for the business, learning it from the ground
up and eventually buying and expanding the business. They opened a second
campus in Philadelphia, where they live. Her husband focused on overseeing
the day to day operations of the school while Soloby focused on
procurement. Together, the couple grew the business through both government
and private contracts, and have now been successfully operating the school
for over a decade. Under their leadership, AAA School of Trucking provides
CDL training and licensing as well as equipment and safety consulting both
locally and nationwide, and has amassed a long client list of high-level
government agencies and billion-dollar companies.
things Soloby loves about her work at AAA School of Trucking is the
opportunity to help others. With her background assisting disadvantaged
families in legal cases, it was a natural fit for her to find a way to help
people through the new career opportunities that trucking provides. AAA
School of Trucking works closely with a variety of organizations that
provide funding for individuals to get new career training and job
placement assistance, which AAA has excelled at for over 20 years.
during these years at AAA School of trucking that Soloby often had to run
from client meetings to busy work sites, and couldn’t find the footwear she
needed. She was looking for something with heavy tread and safety features,
but that was still stylish and would look good with both jeans and her
professional clothing. She scoured the internet, and found nothing even
close to what she wanted. That’s when she decided to combine her love of
boots, her background in helping women, and her decade of running a
successful transportation safety company, to create Juno Jones.
spent two years heavily researching the market, and speaking with hundreds
of women in trucking, trades, engineering, construction, and many other
fields, to learn exactly what was missing for them in safety footwear. She
built a team including her husband and business partner, former Cole Haan
designer Amanda Butler, and many industry professionals and advisors, and
Juno Jones was born.
first release, the Meti Boot, is a classic Jodpur style ankle boot with a
side zipper, steel toe, puncture-resistant midsole, and slip-resistant
rubber outsole with a heavy lug tread. It’s water resistant and has a
removable comfort insole. The boots are ASTM certified and OSHA compliant.
But the thing that sets the Meti Boot apart the most is its style—it was designed
to give women options in safety footwear, and to provide something they can
wear from dropping off the kids, to the office, to the work site, and out
to dinner. Soloby personally oversaw design and development of the boot,
including eight prototypes and countless fit-testers for comfort.
launched the Meti Boot on Kickstarter in February 2020, and reached its
funding goal in just 29 hours. The boots are now available for pre-order on
the Juno Jones website, www.junojonesshoes.com.
Soloby had the honor of debuting the Juno Jones Meti Boot at Philly Fashion
Week, and Juno Jones was honored to be selected as a Company in Residence
for the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s.
also founded the Facebook Community “Hazard Girls (Women in Nontraditional
Fields)”, which is a positive place for women in transportation,
engineering, trades, and all traditionally male-dominated fields to come
together for networking, support and friendship in a positive environment.
The group also holds in-person educational events to inspire young women
and girls who may be interested in nontraditional careers.
Soloby’s new weekly Hazard Girls show on the WAM podcast by Jacket Media,
where she is the host, interviewing members of the Hazard Girls about their
experience and advice working in different industries.
an eye out for Soloby at the WIT Accelerate!
Conference in September, where she will be available to talk about AAA
School of Trucking, Juno Jones Boots, and Hazard Girls.
for the Juno Jones email list at www.junojonesshoes.com,
and follow them across social media @junojonesshoes.
In Trucking Association, Inc.
Women In Trucking, Inc. is a nonprofit
association established to encourage the employment of women in the
trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles
faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited
to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission.
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