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Testimonials

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"Your unique style and passion for giving the world a
fighting voice is amazing."

Featured Testimonials

“Thank you so much for teaching the self-defense class with HOKA! It was a great refresher for me; I haven’t taken a self-defense class in years. I also felt empowered by your practical, compassionate, affirming approach. I balked at first when I saw that people were turning their cameras on, but I’m so glad I turned mine on too; it was great to see so many women supporting each other, even if it was virtual. So thank you!”

-McKenna, participant, HOKA & GFB Present Yes I’m Hiking Solo Virtual

"Students Fight Back was the perfect combination of informative presentation coupled with audience interaction. Nicole did a great job of keeping our students engaged the entire evening! The progression of the presentation from hands-off skills (intuition, awareness, boundary-setting) to basic self-defense moves was terrific. The level of student engagement at the end of the night made it obvious that Nicole's presentation was very empowering and left the students wanting to learn more. Because of this, we look forward to having Students Fight Back programming on our campus again in the future!"

Indiana Tech

"GFB is truly sensational and inspirational. I love that she didn’t make me fearful of attackers or of being attacked. Instead, it made me aware of my surroundings, and her techniques made me feel safer. This presentation is one that I would definitely see again."

Suzanne Smith, Texas A&M University

"Just wanted to say that I absolutely LOVED the panel! Thank you for being such a great representation of Runners Alliance and HOKA. You all provided great information and tips that will allow runners to feel more safe. I couldn’t be more thrilled by how it all turned out!"

Runners World/Runners Alliance Virtual Workshop

"Girls Fight Back is a great program for learning practical skills for self-defense and boundary-setting in everyday interactions."

Cal State Dominguez Hills

Virtual Girls Fight Back event

“Nicole was fantastic and the presentation went really well. It was great to have such an interactive virtual experience. It was great to have Nicole as a guest speaker and we'd love to have her back.”

Sarah Cannery, Owner Rise.Run.Retreat Virtual Women’s Retreat

“For my ladies, who are a little bit intimidated or scared of camping, hiking, recreating alone. Nicole has proven to be an invaluable resource for educating myself and helping me find my power within the outdoors.  She provides easy to understand and relatable content relating to empowering yourself outdoors so that you can protect yourself when doing what you love.”

@Outsidewithv

"I was there with my 14-year-old daughter! So impressive. I am a fire and life safety educator for Massachusetts and can honestly say Nicole’s presentation was by far the best. What a phenomenal organization! Keep up the fantastic work."

Liz Shannon – Mom from a Nantucket, MA Community Event, March 2015

“We love IMPACT’s mission and highly recommend their training for all workplaces! IMPACT gave us practical ways to manage personal safety with simple techniques, and we left the training feeling very EMPOWERED and more confident. The instructor Nicole was knowledgeable, engaging, and passionate about safety.  We will definitely plan to have IMPACT return for more extensive personal safety/self-defense training!”

Susan Pai, Senior Property Manager/Asset Services - Cushman & Wakefield

“I took Nicole’s virtual outdoor defense class back in the early days of COVID. And even through a screen, she taught such valuable skills that make me feel sooo much more confident as a woman in the outdoors!”

@hikeology, Summer Solstice Virtual Workshop

"Nicole did a great job of keeping our students engaged the entire evening!"

"If you're looking to spur positive change, inspire hope, and motivate courage in people's lives then look no further. Nicole delivered an impact filled presentation on the importance of boundaries, using one's voice, standing up for ourselves and others. She also presented thought provoking information on personal safety, awareness and other facets of human psychology. Her compelling training sparked stirring discussions and helped all of us understand the significance of our emotions, our interactions with others and intuition. She is a true advocate in every sense of the word. Our experience in working with her was professional and flawless from the start, even with the COVID-19 implications. Her adaptability in providing us with such an engaging and compelling virtual training was truly exceptional. We are grateful to have had this opportunity of working with her and highly encourage others to invite Nicole into their community for a truly captivating and passionate experience."

Teresa Loya, Vandenberg Air Force Base,

SAPR Victim Advocate

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Speaking at Hill AFB

"This was the best, most affirming, and positive program I’ve seen.
Your approach is very empowering!"
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