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Girls Fight Back

Live your life - no apologies

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.

Girls Fight Back is now under the ownership of Nicole Snell, an award winning international speaker, advocate and self-defense expert who is dedicated to carrying on the mission of empowering women around the world. Nicole was a Senior National Speaker for the program for 6 years, and took ownership of Girls Fight Back and all associated programs in 2020. She has developed additional gender inclusive programming as well as programming for outdoor safety, travel safety, and empowerment. Nicole has presented hundreds of these keynotes, seminars, and workshops to groups around the world!


Nicole purchased Girls Fight Back in 2020 after 6 years of being a GFB Speaker because of her passion for empowering women, advocating for women’s rights and her desire to make the world a safer place for people of all gender identities. She is dedicated to bringing the message of living a fearless life and combating violence to millions of people around the world. Nicole received a full scholarship to Cal State Long Beach as a President’s Scholar, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Speech Communication. Her full-force self-defense training includes IMPACT LA & IMPACT Global (where she is also a lead instructor), Defense Against the Armed Assailant training, FAST defense & the GFB Speaker Academy.


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