Nan DeMars is an internationally-recognized thought leader and practitioner in the area of workplace ethics.  In addition to being an author, columnist and frequent media talk-show guest, Nan’s energizing, inter-active ETHICS WORKSHOPS and KEYNOTE ADDRESSES have trained thousands of employees at all levels of responsibility and in all sizes and types of industries.  Her presentations are often described as a “wake-up call to both management and employees for establishing an ethical workplace”. 

Nan 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) and the newly-released book, 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.  She also offers placement services for the C-Suite Executive Assistant.  She is the Office Ethics columnist for OfficePro Magazine (earning her the title of ‘Nan Landers’) and writes often for national and international periodicals (e.g.  Minneapolis Star Tribune and TATA’s International Journal of Management).

A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA degree in Business Administration, Nan 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 sponsored the first-ever office ethics survey for administrative professionals, and, authored the first-ever Code of Ethics for the association and profession.

Nan is a frequent guest on both US and Canadian TV and radio as an expert on workplace ethics issues (some ripped from the day’s headlines).  She 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 (e.g. The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, US News & World Report, The New York Times, L.A. Times, The Washington Post, HR Management, Business Week, Glamour Magazine).

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Her most recent international stint was keynoting and presenting workshops at TATA Corporation’s 2011 Ethics Conference in Mumbai, India.  And, her new book is now contracted to be published in South Korea.

Nan lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Lou, and their two cats, Ginger and Fred.

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