ABOUT

Girls Fight Back was born in direct response to the June 2001 murder of a dynamic, athletic, and loved college student named Shannon McNamara. After Shannon’s death, her friend and sorority sister, Erin Weed, realized the need for practical and empowering options for young women in college to learn violence prevention and self-defense. By combining core values, a fun and empowering attitude, and the best safety and self-defense methods available, Girls Fight Back was born.

In 2020, Nicole Snell took over as owner and CEO of Girls Fight Back. Our empowerment self-defense (ESD) seminars strive to make risk recognition, preventing violence and fighting back an approachable topic for everyone on college campuses and beyond. Our programs are evidence based, trauma informed and victim centered. We believe that we can simultaneously work to prevent violence and offer people the skills to manage their safety in the present.

Nicole believes that when we are empowered to live our lives freely and confidently, there is no limit to what we can do!


PROGRAM OPTIONS

Students Fight Back

Students Fight Back offers the same basic skills in Girls Fight Back, because contrary to what society might tell us, people of all gender identities can benefit when it comes to learning personal safety and self-defense. And, we can all come together to be active bystanders and create safer communities on campus and beyond. This program has a strong emphasis on how we can all partner together to put an end to violence. It is gender inclusive and Title IX compliant. This program is also 75 mins + Q&A.

Fight Back on Spring Break!

Fight Back on Spring Break is a specialized version of Students Fight Back. It is also gender inclusive and puts special attention on how we can be safer and look out for each other more actively on Spring Break or any time we want to be social, have a good time, or travel away from home. This program is also 75 mins + Q&A.

SAVE

SAVE (Safety, Assertiveness, Violence Prevention, Empowerment), is a gender inclusive, comprehensive, interactive seminar that is designed for companies, businesses, or private groups that want to empower their employees or community with personal safety strategies and discussions on how to set boundaries to address awkward social interactions with colleagues and co-workers. We also address techniques for professionals in industries that require being alone with strangers and clients or who travel regularly. No one should have to choose between their safety and their livelihood. This program includes hands on practice for setting boundaries in a respectful, confident way in addition to working on physical self-defense techniques. The material can be customized to fit your organizations needs and messaging.

PREVIOUS CLIENTS INCLUDE:

UCLA
Denver Broncos
HOKA One One
College of St. Scholastica
Carthage College
Texas Christian University
Northern Illinois University
University of Redlands 
University of Richmond
Texas A&M University, Commerce
Western Oregon University
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Texas Tech
Ohio Wesleyan
Keuka College 
Davenport University
Cal State Dominguez Hills

US Air Force
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Indiana Tech
Walla Walla Community College
Spokane Falls Community College
Cal State Sacramento
University of Illinois-Springfield
Bradley University
Eastern Connecticut State University
Campbell University
Lamar State College
St. Mary’s University
Youngstown University
University of Texas Permian Basin
American University
University of Riverside