About the Producer

Jocelyn Riley produced the Her Own Words ® Women in Nontraditional Careers series of DVDs, resource guides, and posters. She has interviewed nearly 200 women working in a wide variety of careers that are not thought of as being typically appropriate for females.

Riley serves as Vice-President of the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education Foundation; she has been active in NAPE and the NAPE EF for many years.

Riley has a B.A. degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and earned a GCDF (Global Career Development Facilitator) certification from the Center on Education and Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Riley’s work has been recognized by the State of Wisconsin with the 2018 Governor’s Trailblazer Award for Women in Business and honored with the Write Women Back into History Award from the National Women’s History Project. “The best part about my work,” Riley says, “is meeting the wonderful women who work in a wide variety of challenging careers and presenting their stories to girls and women who are searching for meaningful and family-sustaining work. Not every woman will choose a ‘nontraditional’ career, but every girl and woman should have the opportunity to consider that choice.”




“We show the Her Own Words: Women in Nontraditional Careers DVDs during our CareerFests. The DVDs are very easy to use and the pictures really get attention.”

– Larry Lee, Dean of Business, Professional, & Technical Education, Del Mar College, Texas


“Research indicates that access to role models is one of the most effective strategies for expanding women’s consideration of nontraditional careers. The videos and posters developed by Her Own Words provides a great media vehicle for bringing these role models into your classroom. Even better are the resource guides that can help you use these materials most effectively with your students. These materials are on my highlighted resources list whenever I conduct training with teachers on how to increase the participation and completion of women in nontraditional career preparation programs.”

– Mimi Lufkin, CEO, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity


“We are very impressed with the quality and content of the material highlighting women in nontraditional careers.”

– Pamela Ayers, Program Analyst, US Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau


“Encouraging women to consider nontraditional careers can be very challenging, but when there are excellent DVD resources like Her Own Words, women can SEE and HEAR for themselves the benefits of pursuing such occupations. The fact that these are real women working in nontraditional careers gives a significant advantage to those viewing by providing an inside look into the field. It is almost like doing an informational interview from the comfort of your own home or computer!”

– April McHugh, Career Counselor and Career Developmennt Facilitator & Instructor, LPC, NCC


“My library owns a copy of Jocelyn Riley’s excellent series on women in non-traditional careers—Women in Engineering, Women in Welding, etc. ”

– Laura Staley, Media Librarian, Renton Technical College Library