Ellen Snortland has her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School and is an author, lecturer, playwright, filmmaker, and writing and first-time author coach for local and internationally-based clients.

Dateline NBC featured Ellen’s work as a self-defense advocate and instructor, along with her groundbreaking book Beauty Bites Beast (now in its 3rd Edition). She is the co-author of The Safety Godmothers with Lisa Gaeta and is writing a new book, Coulda / Shoulda / Woulda which is a memoir about her career in media and entertainment that was cut short by rampant sexism and ageism.

Ms. Snortland believes that “Think Globally, Act Locally” is vital for women and girls. Females of all species know how to protect themselves, and it is a birthright for human females, too. She says, “There’s nothing more local than one’s own body.” Her TEDxPasadena talk “The Personal Safety Paradox” encapsulates decades of her self-defense advocacy in 18 minutes.

A longtime women’s rights advocate, Ellen has had a column in the Pasadena

Weekly for over 30 years, is a blogger for the Huffington Post and Ms. Magazine, and has been featured on NPR and in major market newspapers. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for the National Women’s History Project.

Snortland’s acclaimed one-woman show, “Now That She’s Gone,” is a memoir about growing up Norwegian American in Colorado and South Dakota. Snortland has attended several United Nations world conferences and annual UN meetings as an NGO delegate, self-defense advocate, and journalist. She is currently promoting the feature-length documentary film version of Beauty Bites Beast, which qualified for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Ellen lives in Altadena, CA with her beloved husband and life partner, Ken

Gruberman and is the mother of three badly behaved yappy dogs.


Facebook: Ellen Snortland | Twitter: @ellenbitesbeast

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