Raleigh - North Carolina Management Team

Dr. Diane Chen, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Diane Chen, founder, president and CEO of Consumer Education Services Inc., offers a vast knowledge of business and education services. At CESI, she is responsible for the Board of Directors and oversees all the operational functions of the company.

Dr. Chen earned both her Master and Doctorate degrees in adult education from North Carolina State University in 1993 and 1995 respectively. Prior to founding CESI in 1998, Dr. Chen was the president of New China Development Corporation for six years. In that capacity, she helped many North Carolina businesses, government agencies and educational institutions establish partnerships with China, and worked as a consultant to facilitate the trade and business missions between the U.S. and China.

Diane has been honored professionally as recipient of the Triangle Business Journal Women in Business Award, Business Leader Women Extraordinaire Award and Enterprising Women of the Year award for 2012 by Enterprising Women magazine. This award honors women business owners who have demonstrated that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities. In addition to that honor, Diane was also featured as News & Observer’s “Tar Heel of the Week” in June of 2012.

Today, besides her work at CESI, Diane holds membership with:

  • Advisory Board of First Citizens Bank
  • Advisory Board of Enterprising Women Magazine
  • Women Presidents’ Organization

Volunteer work:

  • Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS Mentorship program 2013
  • Sam’s Club/Woman’s President Organization Leadership Program 2013

Diane is a member of the Encore Program at North Carolina State University and a committee member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh.