What do you do if your boss asks you to lie for him or her? Nan DeMars says you should tell your boss “I will never lie for you. But you also should know that I will never lie to you, either."
Nan DeMars is an internationally-recognized thought leader and practitioner in the area of workplace ethics. In addition to being an author, columnist and media talk-show guest, Nan's energizing, interactive workshops and keynote addresses have trained thousands of employees at all levels of responsibility and in all types of industries. She is author of the first-ever 'bible' on workplace ethics, You Want Me To Do WHAT? When, Where and How to Draw the Line at Work (Simon & Schuster). Her latest book is entitled, You've GOT To Be Kidding! How to Keep Your Job Without Losing Your Integrity (John Wiley & Sons).
Nan is President of Executary Services, a consulting firm for ethics training and search firm for placement of C-Suite Executive Assistants. She is the office ethics columnist for OfficePro Magazine, (earning her the nick-name "Nan Landers"), appears often on radio talk-shows regarding workplace ethics issues (some ripped from the day's headlines) - and writes for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, TATA's International Journal of Management, CPA Practice Management Forum and other worldwide periodicals .
A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA degree in Business Administration, Nan has also earned her CAP® rating. She was Corporate Secretary and Executive Assistant to the Chairman of a Minnesota corporation for over 20 years. Nan has served as International President of IAAP® (International Association of Administrative Professionals), and was on the International Board for six years. She authored the first-ever Code of Ethics for the association and the profession, and continuously conducts Office Ethics Surveys for employees.
Nan is a frequent guest on both US and Canadian TV and radio as an expert on workplace ethics, has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNBC, MSNBC and National Public Radio; and was featured on NBC Dateline. She is quoted often in periodicals including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, US News & World Report, The New York Times, The Washington Post, L.A. Times and Business Week. See Nan's appearances on the News page of this site, and listen to her podcasts on this website.
A few of Nan's workplace ethics seminar clients are: Texas Instruments, JPMorgan Chase, Proctor & Gamble, Pfizer, POD Communications(Singapore), Hewlett-Packard, McGraw-Hill Companies, Turner Broadcasting, Target Corporation, Medtronic, American Management Association, Hallmark, Monsanto, Best Buy, General Mills, BP (British Petroleum), Health Partners (Canada), Los Alamos National Lab, 3M Companies and Kaiser Permanente.
Her most recent international engagement was keynoting and presenting a workshop for TATA Corporation's Ethics Conference in Mumbai, India. And, her new book has been translated and is now available in bookstores throughout South Korea.
Nan lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Lou, and their two cats, Ginger and Fred.