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When we are empowered to live our lives confidently and freely…

There is no limit to what we can do

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Speaker. Self-Defense Expert. Trainer. Advocate. Adventurer.

Welcome! I'm Nicole Snell, the CEO of Empowered Journeys and Girls Fight Back and the Founder of Outdoor Defense. I travel around the US and the world speaking to and training women and gender inclusive groups with my interactive, peer-reviewed, 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!

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My engaging and interactive violence prevention programs are
inclusive, trauma-informed, evidence-based, and grounded in empowerment based self-defense strategies.

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Keynotes & Seminars

I offer interactive and inclusive  keynotes & seminars to groups of any size or demographic on a variety of safety, awareness, prevention, and empowerment topics.


My workshops are interactive, engaging, positive and fun!

From small groups to large audiences, I'll get you on your feet and using your voice!

Public workshops both in person and virtually throughout the year!

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Learn how to be your own best protector using your voice and body to increase confidence, conquer anxiety and reduce the risk of experiencing violence.


Empowerment based self-defense education is one of the most effective gender-based violence prevention tools available.


All of my programs are available as interactive virtual presentations for access to groups anywhere in the world!

Groups I Serve

High School/

I work with youth and students from Junior High through College and can customize programs for younger audiences.


I train corporate teams from all industries from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.


I train and facilitate programs for every branch of the US Military.

Outdoor Industry

I specialize in empowering  people to enjoy working & recreating safely in the outdoors.

Private Groups & Public Classes

Private groups,

one-on-one sessions, public classes


Available for On Site or Virtual events. I travel to you!

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Business Certifications:

  • WOSB Certified

  • LSBE Certified by LA County

  • CA Small Business Certified

  • SAMs Registered

  • ESD Credentialed Professional

WOSB Certified

A Black Woman Owned Business

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Self-defense is about claiming personal power and developing confidence in your own ability to protect yourself.

I'm an award winning international speaker, trainer, certified self-defense instructor, Credentialed ESD Professional, and NACP Credentialed Advocate. Over the past 10 years, I’ve presented over 450 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 increase their 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's no victim blaming or use of fear tactics! 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 based 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
Best Online Self-Defense Class for Groups & Organizations!

Self-Defense is so much more than physical skills.

Denver Broncos

“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

IBM logo
Denver Broncos
US Air Force
Microsoft Logo
Agahozo Shalom Youth Village
US Army
Girl Scouts
Guess Jeans
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miami university oxford
WA Trout
flintridge prep
Westchester Community College
Cal Poly SLO
Monta Vista High School
Univ of WI Madison
KULA Cloth
Carthage College
Mortensen Construction
Compton Early College High School
Texas A&M
A Case For Women
University of Redlands
Northern Illinois University
Runners Alliance
Western Oregon University
davenport university
North Idaho College

And Hundreds More!

My Self-Defense for Solo Travel Master Class is Now Available!

Are you ready to be empowered for your next solo trip?



Conference on Crimes Against Women 2023, 2024

Wilderness Education Association 2023

Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities 2023-2024

NACA Conferences 2015-2024

NOVA Conferences 2022-2023

IVAT Hawaii 2022

National Recreation and Parks Association 2022

America Outdoors 2022

NCOSE 2021

WRMC 2021

IVAT San Diego 2021

NCAC Symposium on Child Abuse, 2024



Certificate of Appreciation from Colonel Peter C. Glass, Deputy Director, Futures and Concepts Center, US Army, Fort Eustis

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, US Marine Corps, Okinawa

Air Mobility Command (AMC)/Air Force Materiel Command (AMFC) SAPR Training Videos Host



Credentialed ESD Professional

NACP Credentialed Victim Advocate

IMPACT Certified Lead Instructor

LSBE Certified by LA County

LA County Vendor

CA Small Business Certification

WOSB Certified

ESD Advisory Council Member

PADI Open Water Diver

CPR & First Aid Certified
Wilderness Survival & First Aid

WOSB Certified


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Interactive Advocacy
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For Speaking Engagements,

College Bookings and Corporate Trainings:

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Kirkland Productions

Military & DoD Inquiries:

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