We have several dynamic presentations to choose from depending on your goal, audience, and programming time frame. More about each below or visit a full list of Nicole’s programs here: FULL LIST OF PROGRAMS
All of our programs are also available as ONLINE/VIRTUAL interactive webinars!
Contact us for details!
Girls Fight Back!
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 to learn violence prevention and self-defense. Inspired by the way Shannon fought her attacker, Erin immersed herself in training with the best violence prevention experts and self-defense trainers in the world and, from this, developed the GFB seminar. By combining core values, a fun and empowering attitude, and the best safety and self-defense methods available, Girls Fight Back was born. This sisterhood of the traveling bad asses continues to grow and strive to make preventing violence and fighting back an approachable topic for everyone with the addition of two other great programs, Students Fight Back (gender inclusive and Title IX compliant) and Fight Back on Spring Break (gender inclusive and specialized with Spring Break safety tips).
The program is 75 minutes + Q&A and includes these key components:
- Using your intuition
- Safety Strategies – awareness, eye contact, verbal boundaries
- How to be an active bystander and a good ally
- The definition of consent
- How to support a survivor
- How to set boundaries that work for you
- Verbal de-escalation skills
- The basics of self-defense in our Badass Basics (or Terminator Tango)
- Plus a discussion on weapons, ground fighting, and how to sign up for a full-contact adrenaline based self-defense course near you!
Students Fight Back offers the same basic skills in Girls Fight Back, because contrary to what society might tell us, people of all genders can sometimes use a helping hand when it comes to learning personal safety and self-defense. And, we can all come together to be active bystanders and create safer communities. This program has a little less girl power and 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. More information
Ever been worried about your personal safety when hiking solo? Do you want to feel confident and independent venturing out on your own? Have you been wanting to learn some badass simple and effective self-defense moves? Then join Nicole as I share self-defense strategies to empower you to open up your world and feel more confident about exploring the outdoors, running, hiking, backpacking, camping, fly fishing, backpacking or wherever your adventure takes you! Inspired by my online series Outdoor Defense. This program is 60-75 minutes + Q&A. More information
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 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 designed for companies, businesses, or private groups that want to empower their employees or community with both personal safety tools and discussions on how to avoid awkward social interactions with colleagues and co-workers by setting clear boundaries. SAVE is a gender inclusive, comprehensive, interactive seminar that 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. More information
This interactive and gender inclusive program is designed for any group that wants to feel confident setting boundaries in professional and personal settings. Want to know how to handle awkward encounters with people you know in an empowered way? Want to learn how to end unwanted physical contact, like hugs, in a respectful way? Then this session is for you! We’ll discuss the importance of speaking up for your needs, trusting your intuition, and using clear, assertive communication. It will provide tools to help you recognize manipulative behavior as well as feel better equipped to be an active bystander. The goal is to enable you to confidently enforce your boundaries in direct and respectful ways using actionable strategies.
The tools learned can be used every day and the practice of them can ultimately lead to forming stronger relationships and more confident interactions!
PAY IT FORWARD and Spread the Good Word of Personal Safety and Self-Defense
The Girls Fight Back Team is offering a Pay It Forward special to allow colleges and universities already bringing one of our programs to their campus (Girls Fight Back, Students Fight Back, Fight Back on Spring Break, or Boundaries for Personal Empowerment) to host a second program at a local junior high or high school of their choice for a deeply discounted fee.
We know that reaching students at younger ages can be incredibly impactful in helping them live healthier and safer lives, but sadly, those in the greatest need of our message often have the least funding to bring us in. You can be a big part of helping future college students get this training at a younger age. In addition to being useful as a service project for your students, you will have the added benefit of connecting with a student body full of potential future students for your college or university.
For high schools reading this now . . . if you are in need of our programming and are having a hard time with funds, ask us how we can assist you in connecting with campuses in your area to propose a dual venture!
- For an additional $1100 to a standard contracted show, we will provide a second show on a high school/junior high campus within 40 miles of the initial show location on the same day.
- For an additional $1300 to a standard contracted show, we will provide a second show on a high school/junior high campus within 40 miles of the initial show location the day before or the day after your show date.
For more details and to check available dates, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention the code PAYITFORWARD
We look forward to partnering with you in creating safer campus communities for everyone.
JUST THE FAQ’s MA’AM
Can I register for a GFB presentation in my area?
We get this question a lot. 99% of the GFB programs are booked by private groups and are for that specific college, campus, company, or organization, so they aren’t open to public registration. If you would like to organize your own private GFB program for you group, you can reach out to us about that here. Nicole also offers One-On-One virtual sessions for those who want a private, individual session. Learn more here. Or, if that isn’t feasible, we highly recommend that you download our Sassy Self-Defense Guide. This Guide contains some of our favorite safety and self-defense strategies and a list of full contact self-defense classes that are open to the public, endorsed by GFB, and you can sign up for in your area. We also recommend checking out some of the books on our Recommended Reading List. Start by picking up a copy of The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals That Protect Us From Violence by Gavin de Becker (most of what we teach is based on the spot-on safety information in this book), but check out the full Recommended Reading List page for more great ideas.
Are your programs gender inclusive? Can men come too? What if I identify as non-binary, non-conforming, gender fluid, or trans?
Everyone is welcome at our events! When clients are interested in having individuals of all gender identities join, we present the program as Students Fight Back (for colleges or student groups) or SAVE (for non-student organizations). In fact, any of our programs above can be customized to be gender inclusive…just let us know when booking! Everything we teach can be applicable to people of any gender identity and we believe that we can all benefit from learning how we to be better allies to each other.
What topics are addressed in the GFB presentation?
GFB, and all of our program offerings are empowerment based violence prevention programs designed to help all of us work together to up our own personal safety and be a part of creating a safer campus, culture, and world. We include the real deal about violence and how it affects us and then teach our audience how to trust their intuition, how to use awareness every day, verbal de-escalation tools that can you get out of a bad situation before it gets physical, how to use “NO” confidently in setting and enforcing boundaries that work for you, how to be a better ally and an active bystander to create safer communities, how to support a survivor, the definition of consent and enthusiastic consent, and an intro to self-defense, or a little dance lesson we like to call the #BadassBasics.
By promoting self-defense are you victim blaming?
Rape, violence, and sexual assault are NEVER the fault of the victim. And, if you’ve ever lived through violence, you did not do anything wrong…it is not your fault. To fight back or not is a very personal choice and if you are reading this now, you are a survivor. At Girls Fight Back we believe in knowledge and empowerment. We believe in giving our audience members the tools to fight back if they choose to do so if they are ever faced with a serious violent confrontation. What we do not want to do, is avoid preparing for the possibility of violence by pretending it doesn’t exist. In an ideal world, no one would need these tools; and until we live in that world, it is a gift to be as knowledgeable as possible on being your own best protector. Also, it is important to remember that “fighting back” isn’t just about using physical force. Fighting back is also a mindset in which we refuse to ignore danger and we choose to actively protect ourselves by honoring our intuition, using strategies to be a bad target in all aspects of our lives, setting personal boundaries that work for us, and knowing how to use a verbal attack to try to ward off a physical confrontation. We believe that the best fight is the one never fought and physical self-defense is always a last resort option to protecting ourselves. In addition, research shows that women using physical and verbal resistance are more likely to avoid completed rape and are no more or less likely to be physically injured. No one can ever tell someone what the right choice is for them in any given situation; and that is why we want each of our audience members to be empowered to be their own best protector in all aspects of their lives. The skills we teach can be used daily in situations such as catcalling, bullying, negotiating with salespeople, setting boundaries in relationships, dealing with social situations when out on the town, and much more. We address the issue of Victim Blaming in our programs.
What kinds of groups do you speak to?
Really, we’ve done it all. Corporate events, high schools, middle schools, colleges + universities, the US Military, elderly community homes, US Government organizations, Jewish youth camps, karate schools, Fortune 500 companies, outdoor groups/retreats, conventions, sales teams, tech industry personnel, healthcare industry workers, neighborhood groups, professional sports, au pair associations – pretty much any gender inclusive group aged 12+ will enjoy this show. Also, for younger audiences, we will adjust our content to match your group. See “Can you tone it down?” further down the FAQ list. ☺
How many people can you speak to at once?
Our average crowd is several hundred, our largest crowd was 2,500 and our smallest was 10. No crowd is too big or too small – we make it work! That said, GFB is designed for larger groups – it’s not a hands-on class or a small workshop, but a high-energy, interactive, live show. However, we do have a 2hr hands-on workshop available for small audiences if you’re interested. It’s called, The Badass Basics Workshop!
Will get to beat up someone during the show?
Nope. Our program is “no contact” – meaning, you try the moves out in the air against an “imaginary creeper.” No hitting your neighbor! This is NOT a full contact self-defense class, but an introductory presentation on personal safety skills including trusting intuition, preventing violence and the basics of self-protection. We will make our Sassy-Self Defense Guide available to the organizer of each show. This awesome tool has a list of full contact self-defense classes all over the country that we recommend all participants take after our show.
What logistics are required to bring GFB to my campus or group?
Our speakers bring most of the needed props for the show, but event organizers will need to provide a few things (see Tech & Other Needs to Setup a Show below). Oh yeah, we’ll also need a volunteer(s) to be our creeper. Their body will be used as a demo for the areas we strike and how contact is made, but they will not be hit or injured in any way. Our volunteer will also get to demo some fun verbal de-escalation strategies. We will also be asking for you to provide a certified victim advocate from your organization (if available) or a partnering local organization. Nicole is an NACP Victim Advocate as well, so we will have a perfect team in place to support any survivors or friends of survivors in our audience. Our program will also include a full list of free resources for anyone in the audience who needs them.
Our group is religious/conservative. Can you tone it down?
We totally respect that, and yes, we can reel in the sassy. Our presentations can be as edgy or as tame as you are comfortable with. Just mention this during the booking process, and Nicole will also discuss this with you prior to the event.
How do I book a GFB seminar?
It’s so easy! Holler at us here and we’ll get back to you ASAP. (During the work week, our turnaround time is under 24 hours.)
Does GFB present at other venues besides colleges?
Sure do! We have given presentations at middle schools, high schools, colleges, corporations, Girl Scouts, Fortune 500 companies, community groups, non-profits, senior citizen’s centers, the US Military, sales teams, BIPOC organizations, professional sports, realtors, women’s outdoor retreats, running groups, outdoor groups, healthcare industry, travel industry, city governments…you get the idea! We can and do work with diverse groups around the world and can customize the content for your audience. We are thrilled to speak to any group interested in being empowered to create safer communities, campuses and lives. We believe in helping you live your lives without limits!
How much does it cost to book a GFB seminar?
It depends – so just contact us if you want pricing info. We strategically produce national tours based on geographic location to keep costs as low as possible for everyone. One great way to get the cost down is to join forces with other folks in your geographic area and form a “block” of dates in a row. Or, you can book a program during our off-season. If Nicole will be nearby (whether she lives there or is passing through), we offer big discounts.
Do you have preferred dates to book a show?
We will come to you whenever it works best for your venue and audience, but if you are looking for a great time, check out our calendar for a few suggestions.
January – Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month & National Stalking Awareness Month
February – Relationship Wellness Month & Valentine’s Day
March – National Women’s History Month & Spring Break
April – Sexual Assault Awareness Month & Prevention/Alcohol Awareness Month
May – Women’s Health Care Month, Mental Health Awareness Month
June – Student Safety Month
August 26 – Women’s Equality Day
August/September – Orientation/ Welcome Week
September – National Campus Safety Awareness Month, Realtor Safety Awareness Month
October – Domestic Violence Awareness Month & National Crime Prevention Month
November 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Where can I find a self-defense class in my area?
Congrats on wanting to learn more about protecting yourself. Sign up to receive our Sassy Self-Defense Guide! The guide includes practical safety strategies, smooth self-protection moves, and how to find an awesome full-force self-defense class near you. Oh wait, did I mention it’s FREE? You’ll also receive occasional updates from GFB with news, virtual classes, media appearances, discounts, freebies and more. –> SIGN UP HERE <–
Got other questions?
Just e-mail or call us. We love hearing from you!
TECH & OTHER NEEDS TO SETUP A SHOW
Venue Requirements: Girls Fight Back will be teaching about personal safety & self-defense, which requires a captive audience. A large classroom, ballroom or auditorium is where a presentation of this nature needs to be held. Atriums, busy cafeterias, gyms, outdoor stages and other open spaces are not suitable venues for this presentation. For Yes I’m Hiking Solo bookings, we can (and have!) presented this in outdoor spaces at the client’s request which also fit in well with the presentation theme!
Sound Requirements: Wireless lavaliere microphone for presenter, handheld mic for volunteer, ability to play music before the show and from the speaker’s laptop.
Lighting Requirements: Basic Stage Lighting
Other Stage Requirements: LCD Projector connected to the sound system, screen, podium or small table on stage for props, chair on stage, and 1-2 volunteers are required for the self-defense demos during our presentations. The volunteers must be identified to the presenter prior to the event. The volunteer should be a friendly student or faculty member to be on stage for demonstration purposes. They will not be hit, thrown, or harmed in any way. Demos are in slow motion – no tosses or strikes.
Additional Requirements: Purchaser must provide at least one trained and certified victim advocate (or if advocate is unavailable, a counselor, advisor, or representative from the rape crisis center, counseling center, or women’s center) to be present at presentation and available afterwards as a resource to students and faculty that would like to discuss the program content or their own experiences. Purchaser must also provide a list of campus and local resources for survivors at least two weeks prior to the event to the GFB speaker to incorporate into the program.
Dressing Room/Green Room Requirements: 1 bottle of water