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Erin Weed of Girls Fight Back

In This Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews Erin Weed of Girls Fight Back, a company which helps combat violence against women by teaching women how to protect themselves.

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Erin Weed’s Bio

Erin Weed is a professional speaker, author, violence prevention advocate and self-defense instructor. She specializes in educating people about their personal safety and motivating them to become their own best protectors. Her calling to the field of violence prevention and self-defense began in 2001 as a direct response to the murder of her friend and sorority sister, Shannon McNamara. After Shannon’s death, Erin abandoned her career in TV production to study with some of the best anti-violence activists, personal safety specialists and self-defense experts in the world. In January 2002, she began traveling the nation giving keynotes and seminars in schools and businesses across the nation on a full-time basis. To date, she has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people with her uplifting, humorous and empowering message of staying safe from violence and finding peace in the process.

Professional Training

Erin is a certified instructor by the American Women’s Self Defense Association as well as a certified R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Instructor. She is a graduate of Street Smart Self Defense for Women (Model Mugging), Prepare Inc. (IMPACT) of New York City, a Confined Area Survival Tactics instructor by the Modern Warrior Academy and a Certified Personal Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Just a few types of intensive training she has received includes: car jacking situations, multiple assailant attacks, knives & edged weapons defense and firearms training. Erin is a graduate of the Gavin de Becker & Associates Advanced Threat Assessment Academy. Her academy training includes: Advanced Concepts of Violence Prediction and Assessment, Intuition Studies, Terrorism, School Shootings, Criminal Profiles, Creative Case Management, Bomb Threat Assessment, Risk Management Development, Managing Victim Fear and Violence in the Workplace. Erin’s ongoing physical self-defense study is in the Israeli defense system, Krav Maga, at an internationally recognized facility in Colorado.

Articles & Books

Erin began the writing aspect of her career as a personal safety columnist during 2004-2005 at CosmoGirl magazine. Her first book, Girls Fight Back! The College Girl’s Guide to Protecting Herself (Boulder Press), was released in bookstores nationwide in September 2006. She is currently working on her second book, “Teens Fight Back! The Teen Girl’s Guide to Living Safe & Strong.” Erin’s writing is regularly featured in e-zines, online journals, blogs and national media.

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