Who Is Paxton Quigley


A number of years ago, when a friend was accosted and viciously raped, Paxton Quigley, a corporate communications executive with a Masters in Anthropology from the University of Chicago decided not to let it happen to her. Her quest for personal security has transformed her into America’s foremost female personal safety awareness expert.

Tom Brokaw on NBC Nightly News called her “guru” to millions of women. Morley Safer on 60 Minutes saw her as “the great persuader.”

Paxton Quigley has taught more than 10,000 women personal protection strategies. She is known for her best-selling women’s self defense book series that includes: ARMED & FEMALE (St. Martins Press, 1989), NOT AN EASY TARGET (Simon & Schuster, 1995), STAYING ALIVE: ARMED & FEMALE IN AN UNSAFE WORLD (Merril Press, 2005) and her recently published, ARMED & FEMALE: TAKING CONTROL (Merril Press, October 2010).

She has also been a bodyguard for Yoko Ono and other influential people, and has taught numerous celebrities, including actresses Laura Dern and Judith Light.

Paxton Quigley has been leading seminars for more than 15 years. Organizations who have relied on her expertise, include Women in Business, Sarah Lawrence College, Mt. Saint Mary’s, College,California Luthern College, Michigan State College, Prudential Realty, Coldwell Banker, Hudson Valley Real Estate Board, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, The Young President’s Organization, Westec Security, Cedars Sinai Hospital, The City of Hope Hospital, The Daniel Freeman Hospital, Lippe Taylor Public Relations, The Learning Annex, The Junior League, Jewish Federation, Park Avenue Synagogue, Anchin, Block & Anchin Accounting, United States Congressional Sportsmen Caucus, and Sheraton ITT Hotels.

No stranger to the media, Paxton Quigley has appeared on more than 300 TV. and radio shows, including “Sixty Minutes,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The Larry King Show,” “Oprah” (twice), Chris Matthews” “Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect,” “Regis & Kathy Lee Show,” “NBC Nightly News ” “CBS Evening News,” “Fox & Friends,” ” Ripley’s Believe It Or Not,” “Charlie Rose, ” NPR: All Things Considered,” “Entertainment Tonite,” “Extra”(six times), “Access Hollywood,” ”Court TV,” Hannity Show,” and O’Reilly Show.

The subject of front page profiles in both The Wall Street Journal and Investors Business Daily, Paxton Quigley has also been featured in Elle, Glamour, Marie Claire Cosmopolitan, People, Harpers Bazaar, Health, Ladies Home Journal, the National Enquirer, The Star, The Globe, Time, Newsweek International, and Playboy. She has been widely quoted in America’s leading newspapers, including the New York Times, Newsday, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, the Dallas Times Herald, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Los Angeles Times, etc.

Her expertise is worldwide: Paxton Quigley has appeared in Ashahi Simbum Weekly AERA Magazine, Japan; Bangkok Post, Bangkok, Thailand; The Spectator, London; The London Independent Sunday Supplement (Cover Story), London, Daily Mirror, London; Daily Mail, London: The Sun, London; “The Woman’s Hour,” BBC Radio; “60 Minutes,” Brazil; “60 Minutes” Australia; Canal Plus News, France; “Sat 1 ‘Blitz’ TV, Germany, Italian TV News, TV Spanish News, etc.

Considered one of the best trained self protection experts (other than women in the FBI and the police), she is a graduate of the internationally recognized executive security and anti-terrorist school, Executive Security International.

Prior to her work in personal safety, Paxton Quigley was Director, Community Relations for Playboy Enterprises, Inc. for five years, and reported to Christie Hefner, president and CEO. Additionally, she was the promotional director for two years for the Jimmy Stewart National Relay Marathon, St. John’s Hospital and was also the editor of The Valley Magazine, San Fernando Valley, CA.

Paxton Quigley is also co-owner of Country Sun, a natural foods supermarket in Palo Alto, CA. She is a member of the Board of Trustees, Yo San University, Los Angeles, CA, an accredited Accupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine University. She received her Masters degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and her Bachelors degree in Communications from Northwestern University.

She speaks fluent Spanish, skis, and plays golf.