Gavin de Becker, Bestselling Author, The Gift of Fear:
Your work reminds me of this important truth: Everyone might be a target at times, but not everyone must be a victim. I’m honored to be part of what you do.
John Walsh, Founder of America’s Most Wanted:
Erin has honored her friend by starting this program and empowering women. I really think women need to know they can fight back.
VeryWellFit voted Girls Fight Back –
2021 Best Online Self-Defense Class for Groups & Organizations!
“We were so excited to partner with Girls Fight Back to host a virtual self defense training session as part of our Empowerment Summit Digital Learning Series, which is a program geared towards high school students who identify as female. From start-to-finish the process was informative, collaborative and seamless. Nicole is an absolute rock star and made a virtual event fun, engaging and empowering for all who attended. As a result of the session, young women in our community are now more equipped with practical and empowering options for violence prevention and self-defense.”– Denver Broncos Community Development
“Nicole’s class gave me the tools to identify and combat predatory behaviors. As a young woman, these tools are invaluable in the obstacles we face both from strangers and familiars; Nicole’s hands-on approach to teaching cemented these strategies and I left feeling empowered and confident.” – UCLA Student, Virtual Workshop
“Nicole’s self-defense workshop opened my eyes to the power I have within my own body to fight and protect myself and that is a priceless gift. Thank you so much, Nicole.” -Kaitlin Rodriguez
“Thank you, Nicole. Your presentation was just what we needed—expert information and very engaging presentation. It’s not easy to find great content and a great presentation in one package, but you delivered both.” -Andrea Grindeland, PTSA Education Chair, Monta Vista High School
“It was AMAZING having you host this event. Everyone loved you, your energy, and the skills/tips you provided. I just want to thank you 100 more times!!” -Nikia Acy, Santa Barbara Young Black Professionals- Marketing Director
“We loved it! Nicole was great she was really helpful and the students enjoyed the event as did I. Thank you for working with us! I hope we can have more events together in the future.” – Brenda Bravo, Latinas In Power, Westchester Community College
“Throughout my session with Nicole, I felt empowered and able to put my all forward into the self-defense exercises, which were an incredible opportunity to understand the variety of situations we, all as citizens, may be put in. I hold a vast amount of respect towards Nicole and the ways in which she provided an open and comfortable space to indulge in Empowerment Self Defense. I look forward to using such techniques and working with Nicole, possibly offering such classes for others in the future, as well. Thank you Nicole!”– UCLA Student, Students Fight Back/YIHS
“Nicole was fantastic and the presentation went really well. It was great to have such an interactive virtual experience. I’ll be in touch in the coming weeks about a potential partnership for another one of our fall Virtual Retreats–it was great to have Nicole as a guest speaker and we’d love to have her back.” – Sarah Cannery, Rise.Run.Retreat Virtual Women’s Retreat
“Thanks for the workshop Nicole. I’ve done a bunch of training including defensive tactics instructor courses and this was the best, most affirming, and positive I’ve seen. Your approach is very empowering! You’re an awesome teacher and facilitator.” -Brie Chartier, Workshop Attendee, June 2020.
“Nicole is incredibly knowledgeable about self-defense and is generous in her approach. She focuses on risk recognition in a way that opens up possibility rather than shutting it down. She encourages discussion with a curiosity of spirit and a sincere interest in what participants have to say. Her enthusiasm and her warmth are contagious; students invariably come out of her classes feeling stronger, happier, and more confident than when they came in. Nicole makes self-defense training fun as well as informative.” — UCLA Student, Students Fight Back/YIHS
I”t is not always that I send out a note of thanks following contracted training, but sometimes payment cannot cover the gratitude of great inspiration when flawlessly provided. Nicole’s unique style and passion for giving the world a fighting voice is amazing. I have received countless messages from all over the Coast Guard regarding your training and the positive message it contained. I wanted to personally thank you for sharing your talents with our members, and changing the conversation to one of empowerment, not fear. You are truly a leader in violence prevention, and we welcome you to share again with the United States Coast Guard. Thank you for a job well done!” – Andrea Mckie, CIV, COMDT, September 2020
“If you’re looking to spur positive change, inspire hope, and motivate courage in people’s lives then look no further. Nicole delivered an impact filled presentation on the importance of boundaries, using one’s voice, standing up for ourselves and others. She also presented thought provoking information on personal safety, awareness and other facets of human psychology. Her compelling training sparked stirring discussions and helped all of us understand the significance of our emotions, our interactions with others and intuition. She is a true advocate in every sense of the word. Our experience in working with her was professional and flawless from the start, even with the COVID-19 implications. Her adaptability in providing us with such an engaging and compelling virtual training was truly exceptional. We are grateful to have had this opportunity of working with her and highly encourage others to invite Nicole into their community for a truly captivating and passionate experience.” -Teresa Loya, Vandenberg Air Force Base, SAPR Victim Advocate, May 2020
“Wanted to tell you what an amazing job Morgan did Monday night. She was amusing and very engaging with the audience. You could tell that she had a wonderful connection with ALL the ladies that attended. She made Shannon proud!” – Cindy McNamara, mother of Shannon McNamara, February 2016
“Nicole was amazing. She was high energy for both presentations, with a willingness to connect with the students and share more tips during lunch. I appreciated her from the first planning meeting over the phone to the day of her presentation. Her willingness to incorporate University of Redlands bystander information added an extra level of excitement.” – Erica Moorer, Title IX Coordinator, University of Redlands, March 2019
“I was there with my 14-year-old daughter! So impressive. I am a fire and life safety educator for Massachusetts and can honestly say Nicole’s presentation was by far the best. What a phenomenal organization! Keep up the fantastic work.” -Liz Shannon – Mom from a Nantucket, MA Community Event, March 2015
“ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Nicole was awesome and we look forward to doing more work with you all soon. I know our students were very interested in the Self Defense training class so we may be in touch regarding the course. But overall, everything was awesome. Thank you!” – Darius Darling, Student Life Coordinator, Indiana Tech University, 2018
“GFB is truly sensational and inspirational. I love that she didn’t make me fearful of attackers or of being attacked. Instead, it made me aware of my surroundings, and her techniques made me feel safer. This presentation is one that I would definitely see again.” -Suzanne Smith, Texas A&M University
“She was fantastic at engaging students and keeping their attention. Good energy and mixture of activity and lecture. People who we never see at our events came up to us and thanked us for bringing her to campus.” – Ashley Hoffman, Student Programming Board Chair, University of Minnesota – Crookston
“Nicole was wonderful, the students loved her! She is very warm and welcoming and has a great energy about her.” – Shandy Stomieroski, Assistant Director of Student Life, Cascadia College.
“I’d like to thank Bree Swartz for participating in Safe Break on March 9, 2016 at the University of Oklahoma. Safe Break was established in 2004 by two sorority sisters to honor the memory of our daughter, Lisa Wieder, who died during Spring Break that year. My husband and I tell Lisa’s story each year at OU during Safe Break, and Bree’s presentation was a wonderful addition to the overall program. Bree did an awesome job with the limited time given, and we hope she’ll be able to come back to give the entire program at some point. Girls Fight Back is an awesome program and a wonderful way to honor the life of Shannon McNamara. We are thankful to the OU family for honoring our Lisa each year, and we hope we can honor Shannon as well by getting the word out about Girls Fight Back. Thank you again!” – Becky Wieder, mother of Lisa Wieder, March 2016
“GFB is amazing at getting this important information to women in a way that is empowering and engaging. I don’t think that I have ever heard anyone speak about self-defense with that much enthusiasm and humor.” – Stephanie Ahrens, Baylor University
“GFB is truly sensational and inspirational. I love that she didn’t make me fearful of attackers or of being attacked. Instead, it made me aware of my surroundings, and her techniques made me feel safer. This presentation is one that I would definitely see again.” – Suzanne Smith, Texas A&M University
“Nicole was WONDERFUL. We have a small campus and sometimes our audiences can be small. In the past, this has almost bothered presenters in some way (much more intimate than they are used to, I suppose). Nicole was not bothered at all. She embraced all of the students and made great use of the intimate setting. She is such a dynamic and engaging speaker, and the students really enjoyed her. I cannot praise her enough.” – Student Affairs Professional at a small, public university
“Bree was AMAZING!!! She was personable and very knowledgeable. Our guests had a great time and learned a wealth of knowledge that could help save their lives.” –Caleb Fils-Aime, Nova Southeastern University
“Students Fight Back was the perfect combination of informative presentation coupled with audience interaction. Nicole did a great job of keeping our students engaged the entire evening! The progression of the presentation from hands-off skills (intuition, awareness, boundary-setting) to basic self-defense moves was terrific. The level of student engagement at the end of the night made it obvious that Nicole’s presentation was very empowering and left the students wanting to learn more. Because of this, we look forward to having Students Fight Back programming on our campus again in the future! “- Indiana Tech, March 2018
“I’ve worked in Student Activities for some time now, and Girls Fight Back completely blew me away with their presentation. They were prepared, prompt, engaging, and professional. I haven’t been this impressed with an event in quite some time. Bree was engaging, dynamic, and poised. She connected with our group of students, and kept the presentation fun and interactive.” – Sarah Hilston, HACC – York
“Girls Fight Back was an awesome and fun event! The subject matter was of special interest on our campus, and we had an awesome turnout! Bree was able to make the subject matter serious, yet fun!” – Ali Morrissette, St. Xavier University
“Girls Fight Back was easily the best program I have seen come to Denison since I have been here. It was educational and entertaining. The women who went could not stop talking about it the next day. I will take what I learned from Erin and use it for the rest of my life.” – Blair Dunlevy, Denison University