Helen Grieco, Founder

Helen was born in Long Island, New York into a family plagued with alcoholism, violence, abuse and poverty. By her early 20’s she recognized that she was repeating her family history and made a commitment to change. She earned a B.A. in Women’s Studies and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in women and girls therapy and education. She founded Defending Ourselves Self Defense School, BRAVE People and the SHE Academy where she trained thousands of women and girls in safety and self defense. She has more then twenty years experience as an individual and group counselor. She has been a life-long advocate for women and girl’s social, political and economic equality. She has trained women and girls to be community activists and leaders. Becoming a mother has made her profoundly more passionate about her life’s work.

Dear Gwendolyn Academy

Helen’s life’s work has been advocating for and teaching women and girl’s safety, health and equality—her SHE Agenda. The DG Academy classes and counseling services are guided by a letter she wrote to her daughter: Dear Gwendolyn, Here is some advice from your mother to help you become the empowered girl and woman you were born to be… and all girl’s and women are born to be.

DG also stands for Do Good!


Contact Helen

Phone: (415) 531-1774

P. O. Box 2935
Petaluma, CA 94953