Since the events of 9.11, Wendeen H. Eolis has traveled throughout the United States and to more than a dozen countries to assist survivors and their families in connection with related crises in their careers. She has also visited areas ravaged by natural disasters to offer similar counseling services and to work closely with businesses in the development of responsive personnel programs. Her earliest sojourns were the impetus to her leadership of HOPE's Champion Task Force, a program that organizes volunteers for emergency preparedness planning and disaster recovery operations around the world.
Historically, EIG and its CEO Ms. Eolis have supported diverse causes and have headed up a wide range of pro-bono activities, particularly for the benefit of New Yorkers:
Prior to undertaking her responsibilities as HOPE's Champion Task Force Commander, Ms. Eolis served on the Board of Directors of WNYC Radio and Television, as a member of the Executive Committee for City Meals on Wheels Women's Power Lunch, and as an active participant in the "Principal for a Day" Program in New York City.
She is currently a member of the Leadership Committee of the International Women's Forum and member of the Board of Directors of New Yorkers for Children.
Ms. Eolis' commitment to community affairs began in earnest at fourteen; she bicycled five miles a day to and from her summertime volunteer position as a switchboard operator at the Northern Duchess Health Center in Rhinebeck, New York.
During the late sixties, as a fledgling business, EOLIS began to offer internships to law students, allocating hundreds of hours each year since then to introduce them to the legal marketplace and to offer counseling as they enter the legal profession. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan invited Ms. Eolis to the White House to accept a citation for her commitment to employment opportunities for students.
While building her own business, Ms. Eolis was also dedicated to upgrading the professionalism of the personnel services industry. The Association of Personnel Services of New York State has honored her with its Industry Service Award and a special citation for her contributions as Chair of the Ethics and Arbitration Committee.
Ms. Eolis served as APCNY's president (the first and only woman to hold the post) in 1974-1975. She led the successful movement to deregulate executive recruiting, statewide, earning a citation from the New York State Senate for her efforts. She served as a director of the National Association of Personnel Consultants in 1975-1976, heading its Ethics and Arbitration Committee and, thereafter, the NAPC's Human Rights Council. Ms. Eolis is a recipient of NAPC's Leadership Award.
In 1984 Ms. Eolis single-handedly founded the National Association of Legal Search Consultants, becoming its first president. The fledgling association attracted an initial complement of 50 members. A year later, Ms. Eolis oversaw NALSC's first educational conference. She hosted one hundred attendees at her townhouse office headquarters. The NALSC honored Ms. Eolis with its Award for Distinguished Service. Her legacy includes a nationwide trade association for legal search professionals that have since grown to include more than 300 members, with sponsorships and educational forums underwritten by the most prestigious law firms in the world.
The energy, dedication and long term commitment to civic duty that Ms. Eolis has made part of her life since her teenage years continues in high gear. Following up on her participation on the Dean's Strategic Council for New York University Law School (2005-present), EOLIS International Group currently offers NYU law students complimentary one-hour career counseling sessions and plans to extend that program to additional law schools.