In 1984, Wendeen Eolis brought the legal search industry together. She threw a party at her home, with an announced purpose, the formation of a trade association. In short order she garnered the necessary support and founded the National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC) with two objectives: a Code of Ethics and an educational conference for its members. And, she achieved both ratification of a Code of Ethics, and the first annual educational conference. More than 40 attendees gathered at her Company's townhouse headquarters). Today, the NALSC Annual Conference is hosted by legal media companies, supported law firms and corporate law departments and boasts hundreds of attendees.
Her success as an organizer of the NALSC led Wendeen to hone her skills as a speaker and as an informed moderator. And, in the late 90's she established EOLIS Institute to provide lawyers mentoring services; encouraging them to "play bigger. EOLIS Institute has since conducted hundreds of workshops, seminars, and public speaking engagements to provide advanced training in interview-based "people-reading," career negotiation techniques, and effective decision strategies.
The Institute offers collaborative one-on-one coaching, small workshops, seminars, and master classes designed to elevate and refine strategies, manage relationships, negotiations, business plans, career aspirations, interview presentations, and career opportunities.
Wendeen's thought leadership commitment extends beyond career coaching for lawyers. An internationally recognized tournament poker competitor, she has written extensively on the business of poker, legal issues surrounding poker, and people reading skills the best poker players acquire. Her "People Reading Secrets" collection reveals much about the value of common sense!
Master 12 Point People Reading System
Her seminars for Bar Associations, law firms, university programs, associations, and boards of directors (among others), link principles of poker to the 4 negotiating strategies that are critical to master to be an expert negotiator.
In 2022, Wendeen became a member of the invitation only "Forbes Business Council” and has since served on expert panels, as well as being regularly solicited to write articles that relate to her unique expertise in verbal people reading techniques and analyses of negotiating tactics in business meetings and boardrooms.
Print and Broadcast Journalist
A journalist with decades of writing experience, for business, legal, and poker publications, Wendeen has written hundreds of articles on legal/business affairs and gaming/poker matters, for a wide range of print and online publications. The American Lawyer's New York Law Journal, Women in Business, and PokerPlayerNewspaper (1975-2015) are notable among them.
Wendeen's purview for negotiations is informed by her role as CEO of an international executive search firm for lawyers, her training as a certified professional coach, many thousands of deals based on the collaboration of parties, and her diverse experience in government and public affairs.
As the first woman to cash in the main event of the World Series of Poker, and the first woman to do so twice, she has yet more reasons to understand negotiating prowess and know from whence she speaks!
Wendeen translates her trademark as a change agent in several different areas, including: the legal profession, the C-Suite, courtrooms, boardrooms, local politics, international government affairs, and card rooms into speaking engagements and writing gigs that teach and entertain audiences with plenty of Aha moments.
Wendeen's experience in business, the legal profession, politics, government, and card rooms is intertwined in her humorous analysis of heart-wrenching and hair-raising vignettes; count on her to take responsibility for her own trials and for offering laudatory explanations of others' triumphs.