Institute Director

Founded by Wendeen H. Eolis in 2006, Eolis Institute for Leadership provides advanced training in negotiation strategies, often using gambits from the poker table as metaphor for effective strategies in complex transactions. Her path to Eolis Institute was paved with a unique combination of stepping stones.

HS of Performing Arts
Philosophy Student
NYU Uptown
EOLIS Headquarters

Ms. Eolis began to develop her people reading expertise in the halls of the High School of Performing Arts in New York City. Advanced piano lessons highlighted the value of "perfect pitch" beyond the keyboard, and the ever-emoting student body of dancers, actors, and musicians offered plentiful opportunities to observe people in all manner of activity.

Under the direction of Ms. Eolis, The Institute emphasizes mastery of people reading skills in tandem with thorough analysis of options, plain dealing, and common sense. In a full curriculum of college studies in philosophy, Ms. Eolis focused on argumentation and debate of principles, concluding that "The art of persuasion is directly commensurate with one's negotiating skills."

In 1967 Eolis established her attorney search practice, incorporating the business in 1969 as the first search firm exclusively for lawyers. On tony Vanderbilt Avenue next door to the Yale Club in New York City, she soon learned that her stock in trade would be sizing people up quickly.

Now, with more than four decades of deal-making experience in the legal consulting business, Ms. Eolis says, “Every transaction is a poker game filled with bets, raises, calls, and folds that are only sometimes played with cards."

People Reading Secrets are Revealed

EOLIS Institute offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced people reading programs that integrate and build on the strategies introduced in Wendeen Eolis' manual Secrets of The People Reader (publication, 2008). The Institute provides in-depth examination of the 12 Point System to People Reading Excellence, offering comprehensive study of negotiation and decision making strategies. EOLIS Institute's programs dismiss the notion of mysterious aptitude and put comprehension of complicated psychological research to the side; instead, they emphasize the connection between common sense and four fundamental strategies to excel in both professional and personal pursuits.