Pink Collar Crime


Using real life examples and cases, I help businesses and individuals understand and mitigate fraud. I will  work with you to present an educational, relevant and enlightening keynote or training program customized for your audience.



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

Who is a Pink Collar Criminal?  Join renowned Pink Collar Crime expert Kelly Paxton for practical tips you can use to identify a Pink Collar Criminal and make sure you don't provide opportunity for them in your business. 

In a 10-year period, women embezzlement arrests rose over 40% while male embezzlement arrests only rose 4%. Women now have access to funds and are in positions where embezzlement is generally most prevalent. But that doesn't mean a man can't be a pink collar criminal.  It's the position not the gender that makes it pink collar. 

Kelly will show you what to look for in your business to make sure your most trusted employee is not a pink collar criminal. This topic is Kelly’s most widely requested due to the recent increase in embezzlement and fraud.

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.  Ethics hours are usually an attorney saying it depends.  This is not that.  This is real life and makes you question decisions made on a daily basis. 


Ethics is a topic that every person, employee, manager and leader can relate to. However, everyone has different views on ethics. Things are more than black and white. Ethical decision making is easy when the choices are right versus wrong. What happens when the ethical choice is between right versus right? Does changing from a should mindset to a could mindset help in these situations?

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
I had the pleasure of hearing Kelly Paxton speak and enjoyed her witty and insightful compilation of groundbreaking research. How a lie makes its way through the brain was a particularly fascinating topic. The first lie—like the first theft—is memorable to the culprit. After that, the piled-up lies and thefts become a blur. Kelly presented the idea that the slippery slope into ethical depravity is represented in brain research. Thank you, Kelly, for the thought-provoking presentation.
— Maribeth Vander Weele, President, Vander Weele Group
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
From my first conversation with Kelly, I was impressed by her extraordinary professional knowledge and commitment to excellence in serving her clients. That impression has only grown as I’ve had the pleasure to get to know her. I regularly read and share Kelly’s informative posts on LinkedIn, as well. And I have and will continue to enthusiastically endorse her consulting, training and speaking services. She is the go-to fraud and pink collar expert for government, private sector and non-profit sectors.
— Doug Freeman, Ideascape
Kelly Paxton reminds us to keep looking for fraud in unexpected places, that often times it’s the small amounts built slowly over time that can have a devastating effect if overlooked or missed. She has a great sense of humor, her curiosity and enthusiasm for what she does comes through authentically and I have been inspired by her ever since.
— Kristin Corning, Fraud Investigator
I’ve had the privilege of attending several of Kelly’s presentations over the years; most recently in November 2018. Whether the topic is Pink Collar Crime or professional ethics, Kelly continues to bring fresh, relevant material that engages her audience and sparks thoughtful dialogue. As a member of ACFE and IIA chapters that have engaged Kelly for luncheons and full-day events, I encourage other groups to reach out to Kelly for thought-provoking presentations. She is a consummate professional who delivers practical action items any organization can implement immediately. Also, she has a fantastic reading list and is always willing to share her current favorite book or article.
— Ellen Tillotson
I recently had the opportunity to meet Kelly and attend one of her Pink Collar Crime Seminars at the KC IIA Chapter meeting. Over the course of my many years in the compliance & financial crimes field, I have had occasion to hear a multitude of speakers across a vast array of topics; very few have been able to completely hold my attention and have me generate five pages of notes and action items from the five plus hour presentation.Kelly integrated a variety of concepts, delivery methods, and engagement levels throughout her course that provided visual and sensory reinforcement for information retention beyond the traditional lecture approach. I consider my investment in time and money for this IIA session well spent. I would attend another session on related topics that Kelly facilitates without hesitation.
— Bob Lippman