Ellen Snortland is many things: a writing coach who works with both individuals and groups, an author, columnist, self-defense advocate, actor, lawyer, radio and TV personality and more. She is a true Renaissance Woman. Her groundbreaking book on women’s self-defense, “Beauty Bites Beast” (with a foreword by Gavin de Becker) was featured on Dateline NBC; the book is now in its 3rd Edition. In 2016, a feature-length documentary version of the book was released.A regular columnist for the Pasadena Weekly and frequent contributor to Ms. Magazine, Ellen is an advocate for women and girls, and physical safety for all. “There’s a saying: ‘Think Globally, Act Locally’” Snortland says, “Your body is as local as it gets.” As a past president of the UNA, Pasadena Chapter, she has attended United Nations world conferences and annual UN meetings as an NGO delegate and journalist.