About the Producer

Jocelyn Riley produced the Her Own Words ® Women in Nontraditional Careers series of media programs, career cards, resource guides, and posters. Riley has interviewed nearly 200 women working in a wide variety of jobs that are not thought of as being typically held by females.

Riley serves on the board of the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education Foundation; she was its Vice President 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 was honored with the Write Women Back into History Award from the National Women’s History Project. Riley discusses the power of role models in “Breaking the Gender Barrier” published by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).

“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 

“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

“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