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Erin Weed is an award-winning speaker, author and social entrepreneur. Since 2001, her work in women's empowerment, entrepreneurship and international social change has been featured on CNN, Fox News, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Erin is the Founder of Girls Fight Back (GFB), a women's safety program that teaches females to become their own best protectors. Delivering cutting-edge anti-violence training, the international GFB speaker team has reached over 1 million women during the past decade. GFB globalized to countries including India, Pakistan and is currently expanding to several developing nations in Africa. With an extensive background in PR, communications and media, Erin has both agency and in-house experience. She was a columnist for CosmoGirl magazine and produced several major documentary productions for History Channel and MSNBC. Her first book, "Girls Fight Back! The College Girl's Guide to Protecting Herself" is being printed in its 3rd edition. She is currently writing her second book, a business planning framework for social enterprise. Awards & Honors: 2012 Best Speaker Nominee 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 Specialties entrepreneurship, women's empowerment, social enterprise, international development, violence prevention, higher education, non-profit, corporate social responsibility, public speaking, communications, media, public relations