Civic Affairs

    Since the inception of EOLIS, Wendeen has been an active leader and supporter of initiatives to give back - especially to her alma mater, New York University (at the Heights). NYU's late president, L. Jay Oliva was an advisor to Wendeen while in school and a major influencer in her decision to abandon PhD studies to go into business at 23. She has since served as an advisor on the Dean's counsel at NYU Law School, is a member of NYU's Torch Society, and is an ardent supporter of alumni "Pilgrimages to the Heights."

    EOLIS's law student intern program has been widely recognized, including a Citation by President Ronald Reagan, and the "Most Distinguished Achievement" Award conferred by the International Confederation of Personnel Services (now WEC). Since 1969, law students have been participating in the EOLIS intern program.

    Wendeen has served as a leader in executive search associations in critical growth periods. She has earned numerous industry awards for her contributions to upgraded standards designed to serve and protect consumers. Her longstanding commitment to improving life and welfare for others is also demonstrated in her not-for-profit board directorships, and participation in board advisory councils, government task forces, and commissions.

    NOLA Jazzman Gulf fundraiser/WHE
    NOLA Jazzman Gulf fundraiser/WHE

    Civic Leadership  

    • New Yorkers for Children BOD
    • WNYC BOD
    • NYU Law School Dean's Council
    • City Meals on Wheels
    • Pencil PFAD

    One Objective: Making Others' Challenges Our Responsibilities

    Wendeen has served as a board member and/or as a special advisor to a host of not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions, and government affairs task forces including New Yorkers for Children (BOD), WNYC (BOD), and as an active participant of the PENCIL Principal for a Day program, among others.

    Wendeen's extensive experience as chief operations officer and civilian commander of Hope's Champion Task Force  has led to cooperation and leadership initiatives in natural disaster recovery operations, such as the Gulf Coast oil spill where the spirit of the afflicted was buoyed by a fundraising concert of joy with the best jazz musicians from the local area.

    Executive Search Industry Activism

    National Association of Legal Search Consultants
    Founder, first president; presided over ratification of  Code of Ethical Conduct and First Annual Educational conference.

    Association of Personnel Consultants, New York State 
    Leader in legislative activism to modernize NYS Employment Agency Law

    Presidential Citation for Law Student Intern Employment
    President Ronald Reagan, White House Luncheon, 1981