Face Time with Wendeen

 

Members of the elite Women's Forum of New York gathered, in advance of International Women's Day, for a unique seminar: Power Poker from the Board Room to the Card Room, presented by Wendeen Eolis, at the Friars Club.

Wendeen and Bill take a photo after chatting amiably about their  acquaintanceship which dates back to his first stint as NYC Police Commissioner under Mayor Rudy Giuiani. Their first encounter came when each was advising the Mayor during a moment of potential racial unrest in New York.

In a meeting, by invitation of the Association for a Better New York ABNY), the Mayor schooled business and civic leaders and a sprinkling of politicos in the crowd, on his determined vision for Equity and Excellence in NYC public schools—for all children.

Wendeen’s visits  with Israel's Consul General, Ido Aharoni at his New York residence.

The New Year had gotten off to a good start; an eclectic group of business and public service projects was on the boards.

It is a tradition!  Sharon and Wendeen celebrate the holiday season, sharing their love for Manhattan; restaurants, theater, museums, and, the must see Alvin Ailey dance company. The joy of Ailey's longtime signature  piece, Revelations, never runs out of joy. 

Blues and country singer Luther Kent, a NOLA native, gives Wendeen a big hug during her annual post Katrina visit.. They celebrate the City's resurgence.

Like all who had the good fortune to cross paths with Jay Oliva throughout his illustrious career as a pre-eminent educator, and quintessential steward of NYU,  I mourned his passing April 17th, very personally.

Wendeen reconnects with Mary Jo White, SEC Chair,  at WFNY breakfast, asking how she balances expansion of corporate accountability with tradition of allowing corporations to agree to high financial penalties while refusing to admit to wrongdoing.

Wendeen was there with her step dad at the late Lew Rudin's  Florida "Shangri-la,  listening to two great story tellers--Lew, the legendary NY real estate mogul  and Wendeen's Dad, a senior  pol in Albany for thirty years. Lew's family preserved Lew's stories and celebrated them in style with a book party at the Four Seasons.

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