Meet EMBA Instructor Candy Deemer

For someone with four jobs, Candy Deemer is clearly passionate about her work. And she’s made it her mission to help others find that same passion in their professional lives. Deemer, a former advertising executive for DDB Worldwide Communications in Chicago, is a successful author and founding partner of Interven Partners and Los Angeles Social Venture Partners. She also co-teaches a class in LMU’s EMBA Program with Mike Schoettle called “Professional Growth Planning,” which equips students with the tools, guidance and professional support needed to develop deeper levels of self-awareness, as well as a well thought-out plan for their professional growth. They’ve been teaching the course together for over a decade, and students often cite it as one of the highlights of the program. 

“We’re really trying to shift the paradigm for success that’s existed for years,” says Deemer. “Traditionally, it’s been all about money, power and job title. But we found that many people are still unhappy because they’re not doing what they love, or working in an organization that syncs with their values. We’re helping our students build self-awareness and really think about their professional values, passions and what contributions they want to make.”

Deemer, a huge advocate for women’s career advancement, co-authored "Dancing on the Glass Ceiling: Find Your True Strengths, Activate Your Vision, and Get What You Really Want Out of Your Career" (McGraw-Hill, 2003). Despite some progress in the last few years, she says we still aren’t seeing sizable growth for women in executive positions. For younger women, especially, Deemer has noticed a shift away from corporate America and into more entrepreneurial careers.

“Women need to be aware of the choices they’re making and own it,” says Deemer. “They need to ask themselves: “What do I really want to do and what am I willing to give up to get it?” – they can’t have it all, all the time. So it’s important to make thoughtful choices and tradeoffs.”

Deemer is a former Chair of Northwestern University’s Council of One Hundred, a highly select national group of 100 of the university’s most successful female alums whose mission is to mentor young alumnae and students in their careers. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Advertising from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and is on the school’s Board of Advisors. She is also a founding partner of Los Angeles Social Venture Partners, a nonprofit donor organization that supports nonprofits in Los Angeles using a venture capital model – contributing money and professional expertise to strengthen those organizations and help them accelerate their growth.

In her limited spare time, Deemer enjoys traveling to new and different destinations. She keeps her energy up through regular exercise, walks along the beach with her dog and spending time with friends and family. This summer, she’s putting the finishing touches on her first novel about two families from very different social and economic backgrounds.