Ellen Snortland

Ellen Snortland is many things: a writing coach who works with both individuals and groups, an author, columnist, empowerment self-defense advocate, actor, lawyer, radio and TV personality and more. She is a true Renaissance Woman. She just completed her next book, Biting the Hands That Squeeze Us, a hybrid “biting” social commentary/memoir about her career in Media and Entertainment. Her groundbreaking book on women's self-defense, Beauty Bites Beast with a foreword by Gavin de Becker, is considered a classic in the violence prevention field and was featured on Dateline NBC. The documentary film of the same name was released in 2016. You may view the trailer here. Ellen was a presenter at the 2016 Islamic University Islamabad and the Punjabi Ministry in Lahore, in association with the US State Department with Beauty Bites Beast, the documentary and book.

Snortland’s 2011 TEDx Pasadena talk, "The Personal Safety Paradox," is now available; in 18 minutes it neatly sums up everything Ellen has speaking about the subject for the past 20 years.

A regular columnist for the Pasadena Weekly, she is an advocate for women and girls and physical safety for all obviously including men and boys.

"There's a saying: 'Think Globally, Act Locally' — and adds Ellen, “your body is as local as it gets." As a president for UNA Pasadena/Foothills Chapter, she has attended United Nations world conferences in Beijing and Durban, South Africa, and annual UN meetings in NYC as an NGO delegate and journalist.

Ellen performs her acclaimed one-woman show, Now That She's Gone, a comic memoir about growing up Norwegian American to SRO audiences in New York, Edinburgh and Los Angeles. Ellen also serves on the board of Impact Personal Safety. She also presents personal safety talks and workshops for corporations, CLE and educational institutions as "The Safety Godmother," the name of her book co-authored with Lisa Gaeta.