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career highlights

2012- present

  • After selling GFB, Erin began working as an educator on authentic communication

  • Created programs including: The Dig®Head-Heart-Core® and EVOSO®

  • Emcee of EVOSO Live, an annual speaking event held in Boulder, CO

  • Closing speaker at TEDxBoulder in 2017, giving a talk called "Dare to be Authentic"

  • Clients include Google, University of Colorado, CableLabs and hundreds of thought leaders across the globe

2001- 2012

  • Founded Girls Fight Back at age 22, in response to her friend's murder

  • Spoke to over 1 million people at live events around the world since 2001

  • After 12 years, sold Girls Fight Back and remains an advisor today

  • Author of Girls Fight Back! The College Girl’s Guide to Protecting Herself

  • Named CosmoGirl of the Year by CosmoGirl magazine

  • Recipient of the Hometown Hero Award by John Walsh (of America’s Most Wanted)

  • Media appearances: CBS Early Show, CNN, The New York Times, Washington Post

  • Named Best Speaker and Best Female Performer by speaking industry publications

  • Has worked as a PR professional, documentary producer and paid reality TV show extra (no joke) 

Personal Info

  • Originally from Chicago, Erin resides in Boulder County, Colorado with her two kids and a French Bulldog rescue

  • She's a visual artist, who creates art using post-it notes with people's life stories written on them

  • Wrote an "honest obituary" for her brother in July 2020 that went somewhat viral (read it here)

  • Erin is on a spiritual path, as a student in meditation, energy work, clairvoyance and psychedelics 

  • Favorite places to travel include: New York, Paris and Maui

Short Bio

142 Words

Erin Weed is an expert helping people align their WHY with their WORDS. As an author, speaker and message strategist she helps individuals and organizations to clarify their purpose, simplify their message and amplify their truth. 


Formerly Erin was Founder & CEO of Girls Fight Back - a company that conducts women’s safety seminars across the world. It was founded in 2001 in response to the murder of Erin’s college friend and sorority sister, Shannon McNamara. 


She has spoken to over 1 million people at live events worldwide and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and was named CosmoGirl of the Year

Erin helps people understand the unique power of our stories, the lessons we learn from them and the universal truths that tie humanity together. She is here today to help us seek our purpose, and speak our truth. 

Long Bio

297 Words

Erin Weed helps organizations and individuals to clarify their purpose, simplify their message and amplify their truth. As an expert in authentic communication, she helps people get clear about who they are, what they stand for and how to express it. From there, she develops your authentic message into brands, manifestos, thought leadership platforms, presentations, TED talks and other communications.

Erin's clients include Google, NFL champions, University of Colorado, CableLabs and hundreds of entrepreneurs, artists, activists, academics and executives from across the globe. 

She spoke at TEDxBoulder about the difference between transparency and authenticity. In that talk, Erin explains a simple authentic communication framework called Head-Heart-Core. She frequently delivers virtual keynotes at organizations worldwide to help people connect with one another in a short amount of time.

Her early career began at the intersection of truth + communication, working in public affairs and PR at firms, non-profits, zoos and hospitals in Chicago. She has also produced documentaries and reality TV shows in New York City. (quite the juxtaposition indeed...)

But Erin's television career was short-lived. In 2001, her college friend named Shannon McNamara was murdered near the campus of Eastern Illinois University. In response, Erin started Girls Fight Back (GFB) - a company that produces entertaining and empowering violence prevention assemblies at schools and colleges.

For 12 years, GFB seminars reached millions of people at live events worldwide. The team of international speakers presented in the USA, Fiji, India and Pakistan. Erin wrote a book, a monthly column for CosmoGirl magazine and became a global thought leader and public figure on women's safety and empowerment.

Erin sold GFB in 2013, and it's still going strong. She remains an advisor to the company.

In her free time, Erin creates experiential art murals using sticky notes containing people's life stories.

Sample Interview Questions

  • Tell me a little about your background. 

  • I heard you were a paid extra on a reality TV show - is that really a thing?

  • Why did you start your first company, Girls Fight Back?

  • What did you learn during your 12 years speaking to young women about safety and empowerment?

  • How did you transition out of that company, to what you're doing now?

  • What was your TEDx talk about?

  • You created a process called The Dig, which distills your truth to just one word. Can you tell me more about that?

  • You recently wrote an "honest obituary" for your brother. What was the impact of getting real with that communication?

  • What kind of art do you create?

  • What does the coming year hold for you?

Watch Erin's TEDx talk

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