Hi, I’m Erin Weed. Thanks for stopping by.
I’m a speaker, author and entrepreneur on a mission to leave this world a little better than we found it. I believe people are good, and words have power. Add them together, and you have a recipe for awesomeness.
I grew up in Chicago, and went to Eastern Illinois University for college. After graduating in 1999, I moved to New York City to work in documentary production. Less than a year into my TV career, my college friend Shannon McNamara was murdered near the campus of EIU.
This changed everything for me. Then 9/11 happened three months later. At the time I was commuting to the World Trade Center everyday for work. Violence was everywhere. I had to do something.
I launched a social enterprise called Girls Fight Back. GFB teaches women’s safety and self-defense seminars at high schools and colleges across the world. My team of speakers and I spoke to over one million people at live events in less than a decade. Our mission was simple: To educate women about self-protection, so they don’t make choices stemming from fear.
During my 12 years running GFB, I wrote a book about college safety, a national magazine column for CosmoGirl, was a guest on countless TV and radio shows and launched a charitable foundation to grant free safety seminars to inner city schools.
In 2012, it was time to transition out of GFB. I had crossed the bridge from grief to peace. I sold GFB to Los Angeles talent agency, Kirkland Productions. Today I remain a consultant to the organization and they are still going strong. I’m so proud of them.
Next I started coaching public leaders and TEDx speakers to create impactful talks. Some of them went viral, like this one by Ash Beckham. I developed a unique process called The Dig, to uncover these speakers’ greatest truths to share.
The results proved to be pretty amazing. After working largely with public leaders for 5 years, I was asked to give a TEDx talk of my own. After that experience, I knew it was time to bring The Dig to the masses.
Today I conduct The Dig (privately and for groups) at my office in Boulder, to help people seek their purpose and speak their truth. I am a speaker, giving keynotes and workshops across the world on the topic of authenticity. I am a writer who blogs at random, and am currently writing a book about The Dig (coming out in 2018). I also produce an annual speaking event every February in Boulder called Evoso Live.
I live in Boulder with my two kids, and am super devoted to family, friends and community. Volunteering is my jam, and I’ve served organizations including: Hollback, StartingBloc, Alpha Phi, TEDxBoulder, Greenhouse Scholars, Girls on the Run and Boulder Startup Week. I love to roller skate, recently did a stint at art school in Paris and am learning to play the ukulele.