Tradeswomen Talk

Judaline Cassidy & Andrea Harris

Tradeswomen Talk is a podcast inspired by the narrative of women and men of the building trades. We share stories, insights, and knowledge about how to survive and thrive in male dominated industries. People who work in trades peculiarly women have amazing life altering, mountain climbing stories to share. Their stories goes far beyond them finding their niche in construction. Join us as we discover their truth together and be inspired.It's our time to do more than survive. It's our time to thrive! We Can Do It!

Mother  & Daughter Building Together: Hellen Harris & Carey Mercer.
May 8 2022
Mother & Daughter Building Together: Hellen Harris & Carey Mercer.
With excitement…introducing …..Hellen Harris retired union labourer ( Andrea Harris Mom ) andCarey Mercer local 28 sheet metal worker ( Judaline Cassidy Daughter. This episode is special Mother’s Day episode is sponsored by our friends at RIDGID and Greenlee Tools.  These professional tool brands believe in empowering women and supporting the next generation of tradespeople. Working in the trades can be a daunting challenging experience for women, but with people who believe and support the idea that the future of the trades is DIVERSITY we can inspire a new generation of girls and women to pick up the tools and join the ranks of tradeswoman. Listen as we learn that not only sons follow their fathers into the trades. On this episode  Hellen Harris  shares her experience and pride about her daughter that followed her into the trades; and Carey mercer she is an experience as the daughter of a woman, and what she believes is the future of the skill trades. Connect with RIDGID + Greenlee :Website:  & Tiaras Merch: It Happen! Plumber Judaline Cassidy you enjoy our podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review and rating on Apple Podcasts/iTunes? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really makes a difference in helping to convince hard-to-get guests.  We truly appreciate and love reading your reviews. RIDGID + GREENLEE TOOLS RIDGID®: Built For Those Who Know™ Emerson. Consider It Solved. ™Support the show
Connecting Architecture To Purpose: D’ Smith Alexander
Feb 3 2022
Connecting Architecture To Purpose: D’ Smith Alexander
With excitement, let us introduce to you Dwayne Smith Alexander.Mr Alexander is a proud first generation Jamaican American base between New York City and the Caribbean.  He earned Bachelors of Architecture degree at Howard University and is a proud member of NOMA ( National Organization Of Minority) D’Smith does it all, he’s  is an architectural designer, urban theorist, singer/songwriter and real estate investor. In acting that would be a triple threat but in the world of construction he’s a boss.He’s designed housing civic and cultural structures for the benefit of African American and Caribbean communities.  His surroundings has inspired his design, the sub cultures of African and Caribbean communities influences he choices for concept to completion. Mr Smith knows that it’s important that as he he climbs he lifts, So in spare time he gives architectural lectures to art student at The New School and John Jay College in New York. And if all of this is not impressive he still found time to start a mastermind with his brother The League of Exemplary Men. Remember his name you’re going to see more great architectural designs created  by him.Connect with D Smith:LinkedIn:  & Tiaras Merch: you enjoy our podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review and rating on Apple Podcasts/iTunes? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really makes a difference in helping to convince hard-to-get guests.  We truly appreciate and love reading your reviews. Support the show (
Metal Fabrication is Her Business:Gabrielle Shelton
Dec 15 2021
Metal Fabrication is Her Business:Gabrielle Shelton
With excitement, let us introduce to you Gabrielle Shelton Gabrielle is a sculptor, architectural metalworker, and founder of Shelton Studios Inc. in Brooklyn, NY has been described as “the rare combination of craftsperson and artist”(Becca Bull, 1stdibs.com). She’s been featured in numerous publications including Architectural Digest.Being a mother and wife sparks the creative magic within her to continue expressing herself through her magnificent creations. She’s creating a strong foundation by putting the pieces together.  To us and many she’s a bona fide fabrication, machining, and finishing badass, whose  command of carbon steel, brass, bronze, aluminum, zinc, copper, iron and stainless steel is unparalleled... and awe-inspiring.Bio:Shelton Studios Inc was formed in 2000 by sculptor Gabrielle Shelton. A Los Angeles native, Gabrielle earned her BFA at the Art Institute of Chicago before moving to Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1995. Shelton Studios operates out of a 2500 sq. ft. studio in Greenpoint and focuses on the tradition of craft as it applies to functional and decorative objects.Shelton Studios Inc specializes in architectural metal fabrication and the fabrication of sculptures for artists. The studio works closely with architects, designers, artists and contractors to produce and coordinate the specialized needs of each project. Services include fabrication, machining, and finishing. Materials used are carbon steel, brass, bronze, aluminum, zinc, copper, iron and stainless steel.In addition to commissioned work, Gabrielle continues to produce her line of custom library ladders, bathroom accessories and shelving as well as her own sculptures and custom chess and checkers sets.Connect with Gabrielle:Website: : It Happen! Plumber Judaline Cassidy you enjoy our podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review and rating on Apple Podcasts/iTunes? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really makes a difference in helping to convince hard-to-get guests.  We truly appreciate and love reading your reviews. Support the show (
Tradesman + Educator = Trailblazer : Dwight Threepersons
Nov 10 2021
Tradesman + Educator = Trailblazer : Dwight Threepersons
With excitement, let us introduce to you                                       Mr Dwight Threepersons.When you listen to his story, you hear his PASSION,  PURPOSE, AND POWER.Purpose: He succeeded on purpose. Power: He identify the problem and gives power and energy to the solution. He focuses on the actions that produce results.Passion: Passion is his key in leading, creating and believing in making it happen the impossible happen. As he continues to create and educate. He strongly believes in "I can, I will and I must do!”ABOUT DWIGHT Dwight Threepersons have been a groundbreaker Boilermaker, Ship-fitter, Welder and Educator. Dwight is an expert in registered apprenticeships and founded several successful apprenticeships in New York City and New Jersey. He’s passionate about addressing the critical shortage of CTE Teachers.  Dwight is a man  of action he produces results, his SVA program for the New York City Department Of Education is the most successful CTE teacher recruitment and training program in the United States. Dwight knows that it’s important that traditional barriers in the male dominated trades has to be inclusive. That’s why he was instrumental in adding the first female aviation powerplant airframe teacher and the first female automotive teacher in NYC CTE courses.He didn’t stop there he made sure that many of the CTE courses were taught in Spanish as well as English. This man is a disruptor and continues to help shape the city education for the betterment of all.  Connect with Dwight  :Websites : It Happen! Plumber Judaline Cassidy you enjoy our podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review and rating on Apple Podcasts/iTunes? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really makes a difference in helping to convince hard-to-get guests.  We truly appreciate and love reading your reviews. Support the show (
Plumbing Against Everyone : Hugo Sajid
Oct 18 2021
Plumbing Against Everyone : Hugo Sajid
With excitement, let us introduce to you Hugo SajidThe one word that comes to mind when I listen his story is “Mindset”Mindset is all about the moment you wake up to the moment you rest your head at night.  He is speaking, feeling, and working his goals and mission into existence. All challenges that arises he attacks them as “ fuel for my fire!”Yes, he is an apprentice for Plumbers Union Local 1; however, he has the mindset of a leader.His leadership skills shows by his actions and the integrity of his intentHere are some significant words from this leader.Dedication KnowledgeHard workRespectIntegrity  He’s captivated by purpose and his vision is beyond himself.Hugo Sajid was born in Mexico in the town of Huamuxtitlan, Guerrero. At the age of three his  parents brought him to New York City. After High School he worked different jobs until i he was introduced to what would become his career, by a close friend plumbing in 2008. A few weeks into the job Hugo knew that this is where he belonged and the plumbing trade became his career. He’s very passionate about the trade and what it stands for. Hugo mission and goal is to take the plumbing trade to new and higher level of respect, through hard work, dedication. Through the sharing of  knowledge, respect, and integrity. Hugo is currently an apprentice for Plumbers Local One  New York City and in the pursuit of becoming a more knowledgeable and skilled plumber.Connect with Hugo Website: It Happen! Plumber Judaline Cassidy you enjoy our podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review and rating on Apple Podcasts/iTunes? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really makes a difference in helping to convince hard-to-get guests.  We truly appreciate and love reading your reviews. Support the show (
Sistas’ Behind The Mic: Andrea Harris & Judaline Cassidy.
May 2 2021
Sistas’ Behind The Mic: Andrea Harris & Judaline Cassidy.
With excitement, Introducing the hosts of Tradeswomen Talk  Andrea Harris and Judaline Cassidy Andrea Harris Here is a quote about Andrea that will stand out when you hear her story “She led the way and embraced change”.Let’s take a quick walk through her career as a Mason. She initiated her career through Mason Local 780 where she worked on bridges, tunnels and high rises. She left high rise construction to enter the private sector Department of Homeless Services. She left DHS and became the city’s first female cement mason at FDNY.She didn’t leave each position she made a change to become the leader of her career. On that note, let’s change the word left to lead. Every change she created another pathway to rise. Through her whole career she led by example.  She created a bridge for a pathway to allow other women to: Walk in your purposeFace your fearsBelieve in the journeyTake the first step towards the new chapter in your life.The bridge will always be the connection between your goals and accomplishments. She built the high rises to show other women it's possible to: Rise up!Stand up for what you believe in! Don’t be afraid for change!Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today!Reach higher; you got this!Judaline Cassidy. Judaline  was born to be a winner! Girl + Women + Lady = Overwhelming grace.She enjoyed the beauty of becoming.This GirlA girl with a dream allowed her to become a woman.This WomanThis woman is determined to rise, which allowed her to appreciate the lady she has become.This LadyThis lady shows up every day to remind herself that kindness is a choice that comes from her incredible strength. She is a feminist, plumber, tradeswoman, activist, motivational speaker, and advocate. She’s a native of the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago! Judaline  is a proud member of Plumbers Local Union No. 1 in New York City. In 2017, she started “Tools & Tiaras Inc. ” as a way to expose, inspire, mentor, and show the next generation of young girls and women how the trades are a lucrative  meaningful “non-traditional” career path for women. Her daily Affirmations for all women: I am worthy I am loved I am smart I am enoughConnect with Andrea & Judaline:Websites: It Happen! Plumber Judaline Cassidy you enjoy our podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review and rating on Apple Podcasts/iTunes? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really makes a difference in helping to convince hard-to-get guests. I truly appreciate and love reading your reviews.  Support the show