Nicole Chestang to lecture in SC State's Executive Speaker Series

Sunday, February 25, 2007

ORANGEBURG – The next installment of SC State’s weekly Executive Speaker Series will feature Nicole Chestang, chief operating officer of the Graduate Management Admission Council®.

The lecture will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at noon in the fourth floor auditorium of Belcher Hall. For additional information, contact Dr. Ann Winstead at (803) 533-3777.

The Executive Speaker Series, sponsored by the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences, is a component of the Leadership and Professional Development Program, which all business majors are required to complete. The series exposes students to various aspects of the workplace, including viewpoints of leaders who are on the cutting edge of business, industry and government.


Past participants have come from a wide array of companies and industries, including Pfizer Inc., Springs Industries, Bowater Inc., Ernst & Young, BellSouth, Black Enterprise, SCANA, Sonoco, Bank of America, Johnson Controls, Milliken & Company and the FDIC.

Nicole Chestang was named chief operating officer of the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®) in 2002. She joined GMAC® in 1994 as director of services. The council is a $65 million enterprise governed by 138 of the world’s leading schools of business. The council operates in over 70 countries worldwide. It is best known for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT®), a standardized test required by over 1,700 graduate schools of business worldwide for candidates seeking admission to graduate studies in management. The Council also sponsors the and web sites among other products and services designed to assist business schools and candidates preparing for graduate study in management.

In her current role, Chestang is responsible for leading the council’s efforts in the areas of Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) operations, industry relations, client services, technology and project management.

Prior to joining GMAC®, Chestang spent 10 years in human resources management with Unisys Corporation and Fisher Controls, a division of Emerson Electric Company. She also served as director of diversity programs at AACSB International.

Throughout her career, Chestang has directed a great deal of her time and influence toward increasing educational and career opportunities for African-, Hispanic- and Native Americans in business. Among the many initiatives she has championed are the AACSB-GMAC® Minority Summer Institute, Destination MBA®, The National Black MBA Association’s National Student Case Competition and The Ph.D. Project. Chestang is also founder and creator of the Diversity Pipeline Alliance®, a non-profit organization whose goal is to better prepare people of color for leadership and management positions in the 21st century workforce.

She has received numerous awards and recognition for her academic and professional accomplishments, including the Sterling Schoen Achievement Award (Consortium for Graduate Study in Management); Outstanding Alumni Award (Washington University & Wayne State University) and the Outstanding MBA of the Year (National Black MBA Association).

Chestang is frequently invited to speak at schools and conferences on such topics as preparing for the MBA, the GMAT® and GMAT®-related research, and trends and issues in graduate management education, including the pipeline of minority talent.

Chestang received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wayne State University and an MBA from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a fellow of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.

She serves on the Boards of Directors of the Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) in Washington, D.C, where she is a member of the Executive Committee. She is also President of the Board of Directors of the Diversity Pipeline Alliance and was recently elected to serve on the HBCU Deans Roundtable Corporate Advisory Board and the Board of Trustees of the Edwin Gould Foundation.