Leadership Highlights

     Wendeen H. Eolis has proven herself as a leader!

    Legal - Business Consulting Highlights

    • Boardroom Talent Advisor: BOD Searches/Vetting Projects (specialty, JD-credentialed candidates)
    • Leading Advocate: for lawyers seeking public company directorships
    • Innovative Entrepreneur: Founder and CEO of the first search firm exclusively for lawyers
    • Pioneer: EOLIS Law Student Corporate Internship Program (1969-Present), Recipient, Whitehouse Citation
    • Media Magnet: The New York Times (3 features), A&E Biography, Close Up (feature), GQ Magazine (feature) 

    Industry Association Service/Awards:

    Association of Personnel Services of NY State (APCNY), National Association of Personnel Consultants NEA/NAPC), National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC), International Confederation of Recruiting Consultants (ICRC/WEO)

    • APCNY: Youngest and first woman president; youngest recipient of Lifetime Service Award.
    • NYS: Senate Citation for achievement in overhauling statute applicable to recruitment, and placement in NYS.
    • NAPC: Youngest board director; established arbitration commission for the recruiting industry.
    • NALSC: Founder/first president, NALSC, Distinguished Service Award, Producer, First Annual Conference.
    • First legal recruiter/career coach qualified as an industry expert witness in federal and state Courts.
    • Expert at trial in first law firm/ employee EEO liability case broadcast on Court TV.

    Public Service - Civic Responsibility

    Government Affairs

    • Hope's Champion Task Force: Founder, Chief Operating Officer/Civilian Commander
    • NY Governor Pataki: First woman appointed first assistant to the Governor in NYS
    • Special Advisor to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (1978-1994): career  advisor/mayoral advisor; member inner circle
    • The only woman advisor in Sir Harold Evans' BBC documentary, Rudy Giuliani: Mayor of America

    Community Affairs

    • International and NY Women's Forum (1999-present): Member, program presenter
    • City Meals on Wheels (1994-present): Participant, Women's Power Lunch (Executive Committee, 2 years)
    • PENCIL, Principal for a Day Program (1984-2000, 2018): PFAD principal, Manhattan International, LaGuardia
    • New Yorkers for Children (1999-2017): Board Member, Nominating Committee, Audit Committee
    • NYU Law School (2006-2008): Special Advisor; Member, Dean's Advisory Council
    • WNYC (1994-2000): Appointed Mayoral Representative, elected Member of Board of Trustees

    Thought Leadership - Writer/Speaker for Keynotes, Seminars, Motivational Speaking

    • Broadcast, print, and digital media journalist for multiple law, business, and gaming outlets.
    • Speaking engagements: Law and business, politics and poker, negotiation and decision strategies.
    • Memoir in progress: The Power of Potential Puts Bluffing to Shame - in Business, Politics, and Poker Rooms

    Gaming Affairs/Poker Competition - Industry Service and Awards

    World Series of Poker (WSOP), World Poker Tour (WPT), European Poker Open (EPO), US Poker Championship (USPC)

    • Commemorative World Series of Poker chip issued in honor of Wendeen Eolis (1996), reissued in 2006.
    • WSOP - Players Advisory Council (Member) and WSOP International Players Advisory Council (Chair).
    • The first woman to cash in at the WSOP, and the first woman to do so twice.
    • Additional firsts for women in poker competition;  WSOP, WPT, EPO, and USPC.
    • The first woman player to commentate on WSOP for ESPN in 1986; also in Binion's ESPN finale,2005
    • Co-anchor with Mike Sexton, Tournament of Champions, pilot film for World Poker Tour,
    • The only WPT player elected and sponsored for the Inaugural  WPT Professional Poker Tour, 2004.