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, self-defense expert and international speaker Nicole Snell took over as owner and CEO of Girls Fight Back. Our personal safety and self-defense seminars aim to make risk recognition, preventing violence, and fighting back an approachable topic for everyone on college campuses and beyond.
We offer gender inclusive programs that are empowering, evidence-based, trauma-informed and victim centered. We believe that we can simultaneously work to prevent violence through culture change and offer people the skills to manage their safety in the present. No victim blaming! No restrictions on life activities! We focus on providing you with the options to open up your world.
Nicole believes that when we are empowered to live our lives freely and confidently, there is no limit to what we can do!
We serve diverse communities including: college/university, high school, corporate, conferences, non-profits, outdoor groups, retreats, military/DoD, private groups and more!
Watch Nicole’s YT Series Outdoor Defense! She’s been empowering solo adventurers with simple self-defense strategies since 2019. There are 60 episodes available on YouTube.
Girls Fight Back!
Girls Fight Back is the world renowned personal safety and empowerment self-defense program for women and girls worldwide since 2001! We specialize in educating groups at colleges, universities and K-12 schools however, we can and do, empower any group of women in any industry, organization or private group! The GFB Seminar combines core values, a fun and empowering attitude, and the best safety and self-defense methods available to increase confidence in your ability to effectively defend yourself and set boundaries that work for your life. You are worth fighting for!
97.9% of audiences rated our programs both useful & engaging!
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.
98.6% of audiences would recommend our programs to their friends!
Yes I’m Hiking Solo
Ever been worried about your safety when hiking solo? Do you want to feel confident and independent venturing out on your own? Then join Nicole as she shares simple self-defense strategies to empower you to feel more confident about exploring the outdoors, running, hiking, camping, fly fishing, backpacking, solo traveling or wherever your adventure takes you. Inspired by her Outdoor Defense online series. This program is 60-75 minutes + 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.
IMPACT Personal Safety
IMPACT is a 3 or 5 hour full contact, adrenaline based self-defense program. It is a perfectly designed program to follow up one of our core programs and is designed to be an intensive for a smaller group of attendees.
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.
The Awkward Hug: How to Set Clear Boundaries, Communicate Them to Others, and Live a More Empowered Life
Have you ever participated in unwanted conversations, hugging, kissing, other physical contact or even … relationships? Want to know how to handle the awkward in an empowered, respectful and socially acceptable way? Setting personal boundaries that work for us is essential to living a healthy, happy and empowered life. The tools we will learn can be used every day and the practice of them can ultimately lead to forming stronger relationships in our work, romantic and friendly interactions, along with helping us feel more confident in our day to day social exchanges. Join us for an interactive workshop designed to fine tune your intuition, help you learn to set boundaries and use your voice and take full control of your choices. This program is ideal for groups from 10 to 80 people.
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