Speaker. Self-Defense Expert. Trainer. Advocate. Adventurer.
Welcome! I'm Nicole Snell, the CEO of Girls Fight Back and Founder of Outdoor Defense. I travel around the US and the world speaking to and training women and gender inclusive groups with my interactive and empowering safety programs.
I work with companies of all sizes and from all industries as well as universities, the US Military, outdoor groups, conferences, private groups, and more.
I will teach you and your groups simple, practical and empowering verbal and physical
self-defense skills. These will help you manage your safety, recognize manipulative behavior, increase your awareness, set boundaries, develop healthy relationships, embark on solo adventure, travel with confidence and open up your world! When we can alleviate our fear, we can live without limits.
You are fully capable of defending yourself!
Let me show you how!
Speaking Engagements Around the World
Military Installations Trained at
Hours of Full Force
Countries Worked In
I serve a variety of women specific and gender inclusive groups including but not limited to:
Available for Virtual or OnSite events. I travel to you!
LSBE Certified by LA County
CA Small Business Certified
ESD Credentialed Professional
A Black Woman Owned Business
Self-defense is about claiming personal power and developing confidence in your own ability to protect yourself.
I'm an award winning international speaker, certified self-defense instructor, Credentialed ESD Professional, and NACP Credentialed Advocate. Over the past 9 years, I’ve presented over 400 of my interactive, inclusive and empowering safety programs worldwide. I've spoken to hundreds of audiences of various demographics from diverse communities on topics of personal safety, gender-based violence prevention, awareness, teen dating safety, intuition, violence prevention, sexual assault prevention, domestic violence awareness, de-escalation, boundaries education, and bystander intervention. My goal is to empower women and people of all gender identities, from teens to adults, with these life saving and practical skills.
Let me help your group reclaim their voice and power!
I teach simple and effective safety techniques that are immediately useful for managing both your boundaries and personal safety. I want to help people of all genders, races, ages, sexual orientations and ability levels have the confidence to open up their world and feel self-reliant. My programs focus on empowerment and risk recognition, are backed by the latest peer reviewed research, and incorporate social-emotional learning techniques. There is no victim blaming or use of fear tactics in my programs! No one is ever at fault for violence that happens to them. Instead of giving you a list of "don'ts", items to carry, or restrictions on your activities, I will teach you strategies to help you live limitlessly, with more confidence and choices!
Empowerment self-defense gives you a choice in how to respond to situations and recognize danger so you can decide what works best for you!
"I love that her skills are so simple, effective, and practical, and can be applied even if you don’t have a self defense background."
I will show you options for dealing with a range of situations in a safe and empowered way such as: handling encounters on the street, on campus, on a run or hike, in the office, on your military installation, in your online meeting, while traveling solo, on a date, with friends, at church, during a night out, at home, on the road or on the trails. By addressing realistic situations and learning tools for responding, you will walk away with immediately useful life-skills that are invaluable. You are worth fighting for!
VeryWellFit voted Girls Fight Back
2021 Best Online Self-Defense Class for Groups & Organizations!
Self-Defense is So Much More than physical skills.
“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, Girls Fight Back Virtual Event 2021
Previous Clients Include
Conference on Crimes Against Women 2023
Wilderness Education Association 2023
Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities 2023
Lecture Showcase Speaker
Learning Live Speaker
NOVA 48 Conference
Session Presenter- GFB
Session Presenter -DM10
IVAT Hawaii 2022
National Recreation and Parks Association 2022
America Outdoors 2022
IVAT San Diego 2021
AWARDS & HONORS
Voted Best Online Self-Defense Class 2021 for Groups or Organizations- by VeryWellFit
Air Mobility Command (AMC)/Air Force Materiel Command (AMFC) SAPR Training Videos Host
Certificate of Appreciation from Lieutenant General, William M. Burleson III, Commanding General for 8th Army, Seoul, South Korea
Certificate of Appreciation from SgtMaj Fields at Camp Hansen, Okinawa
Credentialed ESD Professional
NACP Credentialed Victim Advocate
IMPACT Certified Lead Instructor
LSBE Certified by LA County
LA County Vendor
CA Small Business Certification
ESD Advisory Council Member
PADI Open Water Diver
CPR & First Aid Certified
Wilderness Survival & First Aid
Connect with Nicole
For Speaking Engagements,
College Bookings and Corporate Trainings:
Military & DoD Inquiries: