January 15, 2013 9:20 am
by Ed Cabellon
I recently sat down virtually via Google Plus On-Air Hangouts, with Erin Weed, Founder of Girls Fight Back, a movement of personal safety and self-protection joined by over one million people. She also is a TEDx Speaking Coach, sought after by many in multiple industries. We talked about Social Entrepreneurship and Social Good!
Thanks to those who joined us LIVE or watched it syndication! Please send Erin your questions directly, should you have any!
Erin Weed is an award-winning speaker, author and businesswoman. Since 2001, her work in global women’s empowerment and social entrepreneurship has been featured on CNN, Fox News, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
She is founder of Girls Fight Back (GFB), a movement of personal safety and self-protection joined by over one million people. Through live presentations around the world, GFB inspires and educates women to be their own best defenders. In 2010, GFB expanded internationally to India and Pakistan.
GFB has inspired hundreds of success stories from women who saved themselves during violent confrontations. Partners have included Verizon Wireless, Glamour magazine and Bed Head.
Erin was a columnist for CosmoGirl magazine, creating the first-ever recurring column in a national mainstream magazine that addressed the topic of girls’ safety. Her book, Girls Fight Back! The College Girl’s Guide to Protecting Herself, will be published in its 3rd edition in 2013.
Erin speaks and writes about the art and business of changing the world, largely focusing on entrepreneurship and public speaking as conduits for progress. Formerly a consultant for Ashoka, she consults with thought leaders to improve their message and business. Her speaking clients have received standing ovations at TEDxBoulder, TEDxPeachtree and TEDxWomen.
Awards & Honors:
2012 Best Speaker by Campus Activities Magazine
2010 Alumnus of the Year by Schaumburg High School
2009 Best Female Performer by Campus Activities Magazine
2008 Commencement speaker for Eastern Illinois University
2006 30 Under 30 by New Jersey Monthly Magazine
2004 Eastern Illinois University Outstanding Young Alumnus
2003 Hometown Hero Award from John Walsh (America’s Most Wanted)
2002 CosmoGirl of the Year by CosmoGirl magazine