Think Globally, Act Locally: there is nothing more local than your own body. Ellen Snortland explores the idea of having physical self-defense education as common as traffic or food safety training but with unexpected cultural benefits.
Ms. Snortland has her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and her B.A. in theater and film from UCI. She is a human rights activist, author, broadcast journalist, actor and writing/media coach for writers and authors.
A regular columnist for the Pasadena Weekly, she blogs for Ms. and Huffington Post. Ellen has been a journalist and NGO delegate to two major United Nations World Conferences: the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 and the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, in 2001.
She's currently on the boards of IMPACT Personal Safety of Los Angeles, 50-50 Leadership, and Consumer Watchdog.
Snortland is the author of "Beauty Bites Beast," featured on Dateline NBC, and the up-coming book, "The Safety Godmother," co-authored with Lisa Gaeta. Snortland wrote and performs a solo show "Now That She's Gone" nominated for a Pulitzer for Drama..
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