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Self-Defense Instructor, Owner Girls Fight Back  Founder Outdoor Defense


Nicole Snell is the CEO of Girls Fight Back and is a dynamic international speaker, host and full-contact self-defense instructor specializing in sexual assault and violence prevention education, personal safety and empowerment.  Her self-defense training includes IMPACT LA (where she is also a lead instructor), Defense Against the Armed Assailant training, FAST defense & the GFB Speaker Academy. She is an NACP Credentialed Advocate, a collaborative partner with Difference Makers (10 Strong) and sits on the Board of Directors for IMPACT Personal Safety. Nicole was featured in a self-defense instructional video by Tastemade Travel that won a People’s Voice Webby Award in May 2020. Nicole is the creator of “Outdoor Defense”, an IGTV series that provides safety strategies to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors solo, which was inspired by her love of adventure, the outdoors and traveling/hiking solo.


Injury Prevention Specialist + Running Coach


A competitive collegiate runner at Brown University, Kim returned to running not to long ago and found a passion for the mountains. 

A member of the 2016 U.S. Mountain Running team, Kim was the first American female finisher at the World Mountain Running Championships that year leading the team to a bronze medal.

Borrowing from her own experience being sidelined by injury, Kim has devoted herself to helping injured and injury prone runners return to running. She helps her athletes build resilient bodies that can withstand the rigors of training. You can find more from Kim at


Founder + Host


Sarah is an athlete, coach, writer and mom with a passion running. After battling an eating disorder for nearly ten years in her teens and early 20's, Sarah found freedom and healing. Running proved a catalyst in her transformation as she learned to rewrite the negative narrative in her head and find a unique strength within herself. As Sarah became more involved in the running community she was inspired by the connections she had made to create Rise.Run.Retreat in 2015. 

Sarah's mission is to help women gain confidence, find strength and make authentic connections through running. As the host, she creates a place for women to be inspired and experience personal growth through running.