Pink Collar Crime


Kelly Paxton, CFE, Licensed Private Investigator, helps businesses and individuals understand and mitigage fraud. Have Kelly work with you to present an educational, relevant and enlightening keynote or training program customized for your audience.



Catch Her If You Can: Today’s Pink Collar Criminal

Join renowned Pink Collar Crime expert Kelly Paxton for 60 minutes of tips you can use to identify a Pink Collar Criminal. This topic is Kelly’s most widely requested due to the recent increase in women embezzlers.

Tom Brokaw has declared the 21st century as the Century of Women. The Pew Research Center just published a study showing that 40% of women are primary breadwinners. Most people won’t begin to think that with this progress comes other not-so-good statistics such as the increase in women embezzlers. In a 10-year period, women embezzlement arrests rose over 40% while male embezzlement arrests only rose 2%. Women now have access to funds and are in positions where embezzlement is generally most prevalent.

Kelly will show you what to look for in your business to make sure your most trusted employee is not a pink collar criminal. 

Honestly Dishonest: A Fraud Examiner's Perspective

Good people make bad choices and bad people make good choices. Using behavioral economics (think Dan Ariely and Richard Thaler), neuroscience, anecdotes and real life examples, listen to how important tone at the top is and how it can affect your employees' behaviors.  

Who's Your Fraudster?

Who is the typical embezzler? What are the red flags? Are you aware that most embezzlements are not detected by your accountant or auditor? In this presentation, audience members will come away with the cold, hard facts about embezzlement today. They will also learn about how best to protect your business from embezzlers.

Non-Profits and Fraud: Not a Philanthropic Cause

Non-profits are one of the areas hardest hit by fraud. Why is this? In this up-to-date presentation, Kelly will give you the tools to ensure that fraud will be less likely to happen in your organization and provide you with resources to educate your employees on ethics and red flags of fraud.

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Kelly was one of our speakers for the 2017 Annual Houston Fraud Conference. She was a very engaging and thought provoking speaker and our attendees very much enjoyed her presentation on pink collar crime. As the person responsible for coordinating the speakers, I thought Kelly was very easy to work with. She also made time to sit down and discuss various future potential topics and other excellent speakers for future Houston ACFE events. I would gladly recommend her to any organization looking for an excellent speaker and fraud expert.
— David Kirtland, CIA, CFE, CRMA Manager at AXIA Partners, Consulting
We were so pleased to have Kelly speak at our Women’s in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) Lunch and Learn. She is highly skilled and an experienced expert in her field. We appreciate her sharing and increasing our awareness. Thank you, Kelly, for educating our women!
— Marcy David, Project Manager The Standard
I attended a seminar where Kelly was the speaker discussing pink collar crime. Her presentation was very interesting and informative. This is a subject that I had not heard much about regarding women who have committed fraud. Kelly also presented about ethics and it was also interesting. I learned a lot from her extensive experience in fraud examinations and investigations. I recommend her highly to any organizations as a speaker or fraud investigation expert.
— Carl Allen CFE, Forensic Accounting Examiners LLC
We were delighted to have Kelly speak to the University of Portland Business Students, during the Spring Semester! It was an amazing opportunity for students to learn more about how important ethics is in a business environment! We had some amazing feedback from students. One student has was so inspired by Kelly that she is doing joint research with a member of faculty to dive in deeper into what she learned regarding ethics as it relates to her major in accounting. Kelly is an amazing speaker and proven role model for our youth! Thank you Kelly for sharing your insight with us
— Teri Grimmer, CPA, CGMA Faculty, Executive in Residence at The University of Portland
I engaged Kelly Paxton to address my event about Pink Collar Crime. Kelly provides a data-rich talk and punches it up with some memorable lines such as ‘Honestly Dishonest’ and the ‘Three C’s Of Female Embezzlement’. She draws from some of the most intriguing cases to drive home the point that the typical fraudster looks like the grandma next door. After laying the groundwork, Kelly made a smooth transition to the ‘What to do about it” part covering best practices to protect your business. Audience reaction was great. Typically, 2 or 3 attendees will hang around afterward to ask questions of the speaker. Kelly Paxton had a line of eight. Enough said.

From the stage, Kelly Paxton clearly establishes herself as a content expert. It was a pleasure to book her.
— Michael Brand, Executive Director Oregon City Chamber of Commerce