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About Ellen Snortland
Ellen Snortland grew up in Colorado and South Dakota, and set out early in life to be a Renaissance Woman. She made her way to California by the time she was 17 and has never looked back. And she's made good on the "Renaissance Woman" concept, by getting a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, founding the first all-female theater company in the early 70s, acting in and directing several TV shows during the 80s, attending United Nations world conferences and annual UN meetings as an NGO delegate and journalist, becoming a Goodwill Ambassador for the National Women's History Project, and much more.
Ellen's work as an author, self-defense advocate and instructor has been featured on Dateline NBC with her book, "Beauty Bites Beast." A regular columnist for the Pasadena Weekly and the Huffington Post, she's a tireless advocate for women and girls and physical safety for all. Her acclaimed one woman show, "Now That She's Gone," is a comic memoir about growing up Norwegian American; it has been performed all over the world. She is currently focused on raising funds for, and directing, "Beauty Bites Beast: The Documentary," based on her ground-breaking book.
Ellen serves on several boards, including Consumer Watchdog, IMPACT Personal Safety, and 50-50 Leadership, a non-profit that envisions more women and girls in leadership positions. Her newest book, "The Safety Godmothers: the ABCs of Awareness, Boundaries and Confidence for Teens" -- co-written with Lisa Gaeta and featuring special contributions by "Gift of Fear" author Gavin de Becker -- was just released on Amazon.
Find out more about Ellen at www.snortland.com
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Do you avoid speaking to your kids about violence? It’s not your fault; you probably don’t know what to say or even how to begin. Reading The Safety Godmothers: The ABCs of Awareness, Boundaries and Confidence will start the conversation for you in a thorough and entertaining way.
This is a book that will change — and possibly even save — your life, or the life of your child. The Safety Godmothers — Ellen Snortland and Lisa Gaeta — know violence reduction and prevention from A-Z. This book is an invaluable compilation of Ellen and Lisa’s personal safety techniques, practical insights and advice, based on their decades of real-world experience. Gavin de Becker, a revered authority in violence prevention worldwide and Oprah’s go-to expert, shares his know-how in three featured chapters.
In addition, there are more than 20 real-life success stories, where all sorts of people overcame dangerous situations by using time-tested, reliable skills that let them set verbal and physical boundaries when their safety was compromised. The results will astound you!
Uh-oh! A creepy guy scared the wits out of you when you were out with your friends. All you could do was freeze, and hope he’d go away. You want to tell your parents about it, but you don’t want to freak them out because you cherish your freedom. The Safety Godmothers, Ellen Snortland and Lisa Gaeta, hear you.
Your friends say, “Get over it!” “Ignore it.” “You make a big deal out of everything.” Nonetheless, YOU want to understand what to do next time, whether it involves bad behavior by someone you know, or from a stranger. It’s bad enough if you’re a girl; boys are “supposed” to know how to handle dicey situations with violent people. Who can they talk to about personal safety without being labeled a “wimp”?
From weekly indignities at school or work, to really scary situations, reading “The Safety Godmothers: The ABCs of Awareness, Boundaries and Confidence” will help you to be out and about safely. Gavin de Becker, Oprah’s go-to expert, shares his know-how in three featured chapters.
While the subject matter sounds serious, the book is actually a lot of fun. Ellen and Lisa provide “How We See It” commentary that is often irreverent … and sometimes even a little bit naughty! You’ve never had such a good time learning to stay safe.