Girls Fight Back




For Girls Fight Back / Students Fight Back


  • Your work reminds me of this important truth: Everyone might be a target at times, but not everyone must be a victim. I'm honored to be part of what you do. – GAVIN DE BECKER, Bestselling Author, The Gift of Fear

  • Erin has honored her friend by starting this program and empowering women. I really think women need to know they can fight back. – JOHN WALSH, Founder of America's Most Wanted

  • [APR 2017] “Bree was fantastic, and we had a wonderful time. Our turnout was much smaller than anticipated due to finals and students focused on graduation, and Bree was totally flexible and accommodating. Rather than doing a formal presentation, Bree had us form a half-circle and we had a more relaxed discussion along with her presentation and self-defense demonstration. I spoke with some participants afterward who are interested in bringing SFB to campus again if we can find a time in the Fall semester that would draw a larger crowd. I think that this is a great program that I would definitely recommend to others!” – Shannon Schipper, Director of the Women’s Resource Center, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA

  • [APR 2017] “Nicole was WONDERFUL. We have a small campus and sometimes our audiences can be small. In the past, this has almost bothered presenters in some way (much more intimate than they are used to, I suppose). Nicole was not bothered at all. She embraced all of the students and made great use of the intimate setting. She is such a dynamic and engaging speaker, and the students really enjoyed her. I cannot praise her enough.” – Student Affairs Professional at a small, public university

  • [NOV 2016] “Thank you so much for coming to OWU. I have already heard a ton of positive feedback! Absolutely wonderful to have you come on campus to empower and educate our community. Thank you so much for making the trip out here and creating such a lively and interactive presentation.” – Elise Baer, President of Panhellenic Association, Ohio Wesleyan University

  • [MAR 2016] “Yesterday we had the event and I wanted to thank you for your assistance in bringing this excellent event to our campus. The speaker was AMAZING! We all walked away inspired and empowered. Thank you again and we hope to work with you next year.” – Gisela Rivera, Director of Student Leadership & Development, Queensborough Community College

  • [MAR 2016] “I'd like to thank Bree Swartz for participating in Safe Break on March 9, 2016 at the University of Oklahoma. Safe Break was established in 2004 by two sorority sisters to honor the memory of our daughter, Lisa Wieder, who died during Spring Break that year. My husband and I tell Lisa's story each year at OU during Safe Break, and Bree's presentation was a wonderful addition to the overall program. Bree did an awesome job with the limited time given, and we hope she'll be able to come back to give the entire program at some point. Girls Fight Back is an awesome program and a wonderful way to honor the life of Shannon McNamara. We are thankful to the OU family for honoring our Lisa each year, and we hope we can honor Shannon as well by getting the word out about Girls Fight Back. Thank you again!” – Becky Wieder, mother of Lisa Wieder

  • [MAR 2016] “Bree was great. She had to do her presentation with no mics and the videos were messing up. In spite of all of the technical difficulties, Bree was engaging and fun. I have heard nothing but positive feedback regarding the Girls Fight Back presentation.” – Allison C. Ouellette, Director of Residence and Student Life, Neosho County Community College

  • [FEB 2016] “Hi, Gina! Wanted to tell you what an amazing job Morgan did Monday night. She was amusing and very engaging with the audience. You could tell that she had a wonderful connection with ALL the ladies that attended. She made Shannon proud!” – Cindy McNamara, mother of Shannon McNamara

  • [OCT 2015] “Students Fight back was great! We had about 140 students show up to the event, and the feedback I received after the event was very positive. Morgan did a great job! She had a great energy that helped get students involved in the presentation. We enjoyed working with Girls Fight Back and we are looking forward to working with you in the future.” – Samantha Way, CPR Event Producer, University of Wisconsin – Platteville

  • [OCT 2015] “Just wanted to once again thank you so much for presenting for our new member education! I've had a ton of people raving about how wonderful the presentation was. I can't wait to coordinate more events in the future!” – Taelor Trimble, Vice President, Panhellenic Council (PHA), California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

  • “Thank you so much for following up regarding Students Fight Back at Lynchburg College. The event was absolutely AMAZING! …the people who were present loved Students Fight Back! My sorority and I are even looking into have an all-day self-defense class in the future. Again, it was an awesome performance, and Bree was wonderful! I hope to work with you all again in the future.” – Megan Lively - Panhellenic Council President, Lynchburg College

  • [MAR 2015] “Bree was amazing! The presentation was absolutely fantastic! She was very engaging with the students and knew how to relate with them on their level. She had me laughing throughout the presentation. I would love to bring this organization back to campus, perhaps the Students Fight Back Program. Bree was phenomenal with the crowd we offered her. I have received nothing but praise from the professional staff that were in attendance, including the Director of our Counseling Center and our Victim Advocate. Also, because of her presentation a few of us in Campus Recreation and Wellness have signed up for a Women’s Self-Defense class! I look forward to working with you all in the future.” – Lydia Hitchcock, Interim Assistant Director for Wellness Promotions, East Carolina University

  • [MAR 2015] "Bree gave a very animated and memorable performance. She had audience participation and gave great demonstrations." – Tanya Ridpath, Director of Community Programs, Roanoke College

  • [JAN 2015] The students enjoyed it (Students Fight Back) very much. We had around 160 students, faculty and staff in attendance. I heard a lot of compliments from the three groups. Our new incoming students have been doing an online training regarding Title IX. 71% of our student population is female and this information was very beneficial for them. I think that the real life scenarios helped our students gain awareness. The self-defense section of the training was also very helpful for them, as many did not have an idea of how easy it can be to defend yourself. The best part was that it was interactive. It was not your typical lecture, but a combination of a variety of things; from the videos, to facts, to the self-defense demonstrations, it was plenty of helpful information in a one hour time frame. – Maria D. Garcia, Coordinator of Student Activities, Lamar State College - Orange

  • [JAN 2015] The students absolutely loved the (Students Fight Back) program and Bree! We had a great turnout, around 130 people, which is wonderful. We had several students and faculty members comment that this was the best program we’ve had. The information that was provided is so essential and was presented very professionally, yet in a down to earth way that everyone felt comfortable with, no matter the gender or age. We had a very diverse group that attended. One of our adjunct instructors is a sergeant with our local police department. He reached out to Bree to express how impressed he was with the program and how it was presented. He also contacted me to thank us for having this program on campus. The students themselves said they felt empowered and more confident in themselves after attending the program. I believe the best part of the event is audience participation. They felt a part of what Bree was doing and were able to re-enact scenarios of situations that they might find themselves involved in. The bystander information was invaluable. I would enthusiastically recommend this program to all campuses-large and small! – Claire Thomason, Director of Student Activities, Lamar State College-Port Arthur

  • [SEPT 2013] She (Bree) was fantastic at engaging students and keeping their attention. Good energy and mixture of activity and lecture. People who we never see at our events came up to us and thanked us for bringing her to campus. – Ashley Hoffman, Student Programming Board Chair, University of Minnesota – Crookston

  • [AUG 2013] We had a great time with “Girls Fight Back!” We advertised the program as “Students Fight Back” and it worked really well. It’s great to have a program like this at a male dominated school. It truly helped open their eyes to the realities of the world! – Mike Keegan, Director of Student Activities and Leadership Center, South Dakota School of Mines

  • [MAR 2012] Bree spoke well to our small crowd. She arrived on time and was extremely well prepared. Easy to work with and interacted well with the students. Bree gave personal examples of situations she has experienced; I think these are extremely helpful to females in the audience to relate to if they have been in a similar situation. Seeing Bree's petite size shows the audience that it doesn't matter what your size is, everyone can fight back. I plan on having Students Fight Back return next year to our campus. – JENNIFER SABOURIN, Indian Hills Community College

  • [2012] Bree was AMAZING!!! She was personable and very knowledgeable. Our guests had a great time and learned a wealth of knowledge that could help save their lives. – CALEB FILS-AIME, Nova Southeastern University

  • [2012] I've worked in Student Activities for some time now, and Girls Fight Back completely blew me away with their presentation. They were prepared, prompt, engaging, and professional. I haven't been this impressed with an event in quite some time. Bree was engaging, dynamic, and poised. She connected with our group of students, and kept the presentation fun and interactive. – SARAH HILSTON, HACC – York

  • [MAR 2012] The message is perfect, but the delivery is what sells the show. Bree is young and relate-able. She did an awesome job of being funny, but yet getting the message across. Bree Swartz is fantastic presenter for students fight back. She's highly engaging and excellent at incorporating the students into the presentation. I will have Students Fight Back return again and hope to bring other programming that Girls Fight Back offers. – CLAIRE WIEGAND, William Woods University

  • [MAR 2012] Girls Fight Back was an awesome and fun event! The subject matter was of special interest on our campus, and we had an awesome turnout! Bree was able to make the subject matter serious, yet fun! – ALI MORRISSETTE, St. Xavier University

  • Students were talking about and practicing what they had learned as they walked out of the seminar and all the way back to their homes. I was very impressed by that! – JORDAN COPLIN, North Dakota State University

  • GFB is amazing at getting this important information to women in a way that is empowering and engaging. I don’t think that I have ever heard anyone speak about self-defense with that much enthusiasm and humor. – STEPHANIE AHRENS, Baylor University

  • I’ve worked in Student Activities for some time now, and Girls Fight Back completely blew me away with their presentation. They were prepared, prompt, engaging, and professional. I haven’t been this impressed with an event in quite some time. – SARAH HILTON, Harrisburg Area Community College

  • 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

  • Students Fight Back is a great program! Though Miami U is location in a small, rural town, its not exempt from assault crimes. Students Fight Back gives students safety knowledge for their time on campus, as well as their lives after college. – KAYLEY KOSEK, Miami University

  • Girls Fight Back was easily the best program I have seen come to Denison since I have been here. It was educational and entertaining. The women who went could not stop talking about it the next day. I will take what I learned from Erin and use it for the rest of my life. – BLAIR DUNLEVY, Denison University



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