Hi, I am Special Agent Heather


For 14 years I served as a Special Agent with NCIS

Now, I teach effective safety techniques for women & offer innovative prevention education for men


Coming April 2017

Every 107 seconds, another sexual assault occurs in America. But you don’t have to know jiu-jitsu or krav maga to stay safe.

As a special agent with the NCIS, I learned to protect myself in dangerous situations — and it has nothing to do with my physical stature or skills.

Now, I empower women to understand how their own self-defense is an inside-job and how their personal confidence, attention to their surroundings, and gut intuition are their best tools to keep themselves safe in any potentially dangerous situation.

Forget karate chops and safety whistles: every woman already has the tools she needs to stay safe. She just needs to learn to tune in and trust them.

Through my speaking presentations, I can take an entire room of women from feeling like potential victims to victors with simple, actionable tips and strategies they can employ to take control of their situations and their safety.

“Compelling, fascinating, informative. Heather Ryan held students spellbound as she described her journey from a small-town Midwestern girl to a drug-buying, spy-chasing Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agent. Heather’s career is a fascinating story with lessons for anyone interested in preventing victimization.”
DeVere Woods, Ph.D., Professor/Chair, Department of Criminology, Indiana State University

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