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Available Virtually or In Person

Girls Fight Back

The world renowned personal safety and empowerment self-defense seminar for women & girls!

Students Fight Back

Students of all genders can benefit from learning the basics of personal safety & self-defense!

Boundaries for Personal Empowerment

Feel confident setting boundaries and claiming your personal power. Learn how to handle awkward encounters in an empowered way!

Yes I'm Hiking Solo

Learn some simple badass self-defense skills to feel safe wherever the outdoors or your travels take you.

S.A.V.E.

Safety, Assertiveness, Violence Prevention and Empowerment (S.A.V.E.)

For corporate, military or any non-student group.

Bystander Intervention & Addressing Identity Based Harassment

Learn strategies for bystander intervention & safety options when faced with confrontations or street harassment.

Lights, Camera, Empower

My journey from TV Producer to self-defense expert!

Inspiration & leadership development.

Run Into Your Power: Self-Defense for
Solo Runners

Learn some simple & practical self-defense skills to feel safer and more prepared on your runs.

Your body is a weapon!

The Badass Basics Workshop

Learn & practice a variety of verbal and physical self-defense techniques in a small group setting with focus mitts.

Find Your Fierce

Nicole shares personal motivational stories from her vibrant adventures, career & travels to help audiences own their power & be limitless!

Fight Back on Spring Break

This specialized version of Students Fight Back offers realistic & empowering strategies for managing your safety on any trip or vacation!

One-on-One Virtual Session

Let's talk about safety, self-defense, travel or hiking! Empower your journeys with a 30min private 1-on-1 virtual session.

"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."

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Girls Fight Back

College, K-12, Private groups, Advocates, Conferences, & More

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. Nicole Snell took over the program in 2020 and is continuing the mission of teaching women everywhere how to be their own best protector.

The Girls Fight Back seminar is designed to be a safe space for women/girls and those who identify as women/girls, to learn about self defense. This program is great for colleges, sororities, high schools and other all womxn groups who want to learn skills to be their own best protector. We combine core values, a fun and empowering attitude, and the best safety and self-defense methods available. You are worth fighting for!

The program is 75 minutes + Q&A and includes these key components:

  • Using your intuition

  • Safety strategies – awareness, eye contact, verbal boundaries

  • Recognizing tools of manipulation

  • How to be an active bystander and a supportive 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

  • Plus a review of improvised weapons, ground fighting, and how to sign up for a full-contact adrenaline based self-defense course near you!

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Students Fight Back

College, K-12, Private groups, Advocates, Conferences

Students Fight Back is gender inclusive and Title IX compliant.  I believe that people of all genders can benefit from learning personal safety and self-defense skills. And when we all come together to be active bystanders, we can create safer communities.

The program is 75 minutes + Q&A and includes these key components:

  • Using your intuition

  • Safety strategies – awareness, eye contact, verbal boundaries

  • Recognizing tools of manipulation

  • How to be an active bystander and a supportive 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

  • Plus a review of improvised weapons, ground fighting, and how to sign up for a full-contact adrenaline based self-defense course near you!

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S.A.V.E.

Corporate, Military, Realtors, Private groups, Advocates, Conferences

Safety, Assertiveness, Violence Prevention, Empowerment (S.A.V.E.) is a gender inclusive program designed for companies, businesses, or any non-student group that wants to empower their community and employees with personal safety tools, discussions on how to avoid unwanted social interactions with colleagues and co-workers, de-escalation strategies, and how to use verbal strategies to avoid confrontations. We will address the importance of intuition and awareness when managing our safety, and how to be an active bystander for others. The program can include discussion and practice with physical self-defense techniques.

 

This program is 60min + Q&A and can be customized to fit a variety of corporate needs.

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Yes I'm Hiking Solo: Self-Defense for the Outdoors

Outdoor Groups, College, High School, Corporate, Military, Private Groups, Conferences

Ever been worried about your personal safety when hiking or traveling 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 for your hiking, backpacking, and camping trips? Then join Nicole, an experienced solo hiker, camper & traveler as she teaches practical and realistic self-defense strategies to empower you to feel more confident about exploring the outdoors or wherever your adventure takes you. Safety is often the #1 barrier that keeps people from experiencing the outdoors or going on a trip. Nicole specializes in alleviating that fear and replacing it with education to open up people's access to exploring the outdoors, and the world, on their terms.

The program is 60-75 minutes + Q&A.

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Boundaries for Personal Empowerment

College, Military, Corporate, Private groups, Advocates, Conferences, High School

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? 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.

The tools learned can be used every day and the practice of them can ultimately lead to forming stronger relationships in our work, school, romantic and interpersonal interactions, along with helping us navigate our day to day social exchanges.

This program is 60min + Q&A and can be customized to fit a variety of corporate needs.

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Run Into Your Power: Self-Defense for Solo Runners

Retreats, Conferences, Running Groups, Private Groups,

If safety is one of your top concerns when you head out for a solo run on the trails or the road, then this class is for you! Experienced solo runner and self-defense expert, Nicole Snell, will guide you through simple, practical and autonomy affirming strategies you can start using on your runs today! Nicole believes in empowering you with strategies that alleviate your fear without restricting your life. This session will focus on both verbal and physical skills with an emphasis on how our bodies are our best tools.  This positive and supportive session is both evidence-based and research supported to have you hitting the trails with confidence!

The program is 60-75 minutes + Q&A.

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Bystander Intervention & Addressing Identity Based Harassment

College, High School, Corporate, Realtors, Military, Private Groups, Conferences

This interactive virtual program is designed to empower individuals with personal safety options including strategies for bystander intervention and discussions on how to use verbal skills when faced with confrontations or street harassment. We will address the importance of intuition and awareness when managing our safety and how to confidently set boundaries. The goal of the session is to offer participants tools that can help them feel comfortable in their ability to respond to various situations they may encounter.

The program is 45-75 minutes + Q&A.

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The Badass Basics Workshop

College, K-12, Corporate, Outdoor Groups, Private Groups, Public Classes + More!

This hands-on, empowerment-based self-defense workshop is designed to be a positive and supportive space for women and people of all gender identities and expressions to learn practical safety skills. These skills can increase your confidence and help you gain independence for walking through the world and doing the activities you love. This small group workshop addresses the basics of personal safety along with non-physical and physical self-defense skills. Participants will have the opportunity to practice the skills through body movement, interactive activities, and striking focus mitts using the techniques taught.

The program is 2hrs. 15 Students Max

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Find Your Fierce

College, K-12, Corporate, Retreats, Private Groups + More!

TV Producer. World Traveler. Body Builder. Outdoor Adventure Enthusiast. Self-Defense Expert. It’s impossible to put Nicole into any one box which is why she is the epitome of the phrase: Live Limitlessly! Join Nicole for an enthusiastic and inspirational talk as she shares personal stories and experiences that explore the motivations behind her life’s adventures, hobbies and career paths. Despite the pressure that exists in our world to pick just one practice to focus on, Nicole’s rich life experience speaks to the value of having varied interests and how we can be empowered to live fearlessly. We can be limitless! Nicole’s enthusiastic session is aimed to help audience members step into their power, own their choices, and create the life they want!

The program is 60mins + Q&A

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Lights, Camera, Empower:
My Journey From TV Producer to Violence Prevention Educator

College, High School, Corporate, Military/DoD, Private Groups + More!

For 12 years, Nicole worked as a Producer in the Entertainment Industry after working her way up through the production ladder from intern to Production Executive. After leading crews to locations worldwide on over 75 shows for networks like CBS, TBS, and the Speed Channel, Nicole felt there was a greater purpose to fulfill her in life. She left her successful production career after the opportunity arose for her to facilitate sexual assault prevention trainings for the US Department of Navy. This was only the beginning of her journey from the bright lights of Hollywood to blazing her own trail for women’s empowerment, and violence prevention education as the owner of Girls Fight Back. Nicole will lead audiences through her personal backstory, childhood trauma, challenges, successes, and relatable inner monologues as she guides them through her journey to the present. Nicole’s powerful and inspiring story will captivate, motivate and empower audiences to seize control of their lives, feel confident with their choices, stand up to adversity, and be true leaders.

The program is 60mins + Q&A

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"Her enthusiasm and 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."

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