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CESI’s CEO Honored with Enterprising Women of the Year Award

Raleigh, NC – March 14, 2012Consumer Education Services Inc., a national non-profit organization providing credit counseling and debt management services, is proud to announce that founder and CEO, Dr. Diane Chen has received an 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. Many of the award recipients are also leaders in key organizations that support the growth of women’s entrepreneurship.

“Enterprising Women of the Year honorees are so deserving of being in the spotlight,” said Monica Smiley, publisher and chief executive officer of Enterprising Women. “Each has demonstrated that she has a thriving, growing business; she has mentored or given back to support other women in business, and she stands out as a leader in her community. We could not be more proud of the accomplishments of our honorees.”

Dr. Chen won in the category of “over $25 million in annual revenue.” Of the 66 women recognized this year, Dr. Chen was one of six North Carolina based recipients. Winners were recognized at the 10th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration on March 12 at Office Depot headquarters and on March 13 at the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“I feel privileged to be recognized among such inspirational and accomplished women,” said Dr. Chen. “Enterprising Women magazine’s commitment to supporting female entrepreneurs is exceptional, and I am honored to receive this award.”

Dr. Chen founded CESI Solutions in 1998 and has grown the companies from two employees a thriving business today. The organization has helped tens of thousands of Americans live debt free.

Before starting CESI Solutions, Dr. Chen, a native of China, played a significant role in establishing the sister-state relationship between North Carolina and the Lianoning Province, China. In 1998 she was the interpreter and liaison for Governor James Hunt’s trade delegation in China. She has also helped many North Carolina businesses, government agencies and educational institutions establish international relations with China as the president of New China Development Corporation.

Having earned her Master and Doctoral Degrees from North Carolina State University, Dr. Chen is very active in the Triangle community. She currently serves on the First Citizen Bank advisory board and is an International Student Mentor through NC State’s Breaking Bread program. She recently was the Vice President of Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies (AICCCA) and an overseas member of the Council of People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Lianoning Province, China.


CESI Solutions is a not-for-profit organization for consumers who want financial freedom. CESI offers a complete life cycle of services: debt management, housing counseling, credit counseling, financial education and pre-bankruptcy counseling. Since its inception in 1998, CESI has helped hundreds of thousands of consumers nationwide improve their money management

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