Wendeen H. Eolis, CEO
Guru to the legal profession and corporate board rooms that seek lawyers for directorships.
About - CEO
Wendeen Eolis is the Chair and CEO of EOLIS, which includes Eolis International Group and Wendeen Eolis Enterprises. EOLIS also hosts Eolis Institute for Leadership.
Wendeen maintains a robust corporate boardroom consulting practice; searches and vetting assignments of JD credentialed candidates for BODs and advice to lawyers on positioning themselves for board opportunities.
During the course of a multi-faceted career, Wendeen has accepted public service roles --at the City, State, Federal, and International level—including government appointments and consulting assignments in five presidential administrations.
As an attorney vetting specialist, and legal affairs crisis manager in the aftermath of catastrophic events-- Wendeen advises governments and corporation leaders in the United States and abroad--with singular expertise in "special counsel" selection.
Hope's Champion Task Force
Wendeen serves as Chief Operating Officer in command of Hope's Champion Task Force (HCTF), a post 9/11 legal affairs crisis counseling and counsel vetting initiative. Previously, a key advisor to Mayor Rudy Giuliani and then, senior advisor/1st Assistant to New York Governor George Pataki, during their first administrations, respectively, Wendeen has advised top officials on both sides of the aisle.
Wendeen has been qualified and has appeared at deposition and trial as an industry expert in both federal and state courts on customs and practices in the legal profession, attorney compensation and partnership and the legal recruiting and executive search industry.
Early on, Wendeen made her mark, in the personnel industry; in 1974 as the first woman and youngest president of APCNY, the statewide trade association for executive recruiters. She earned the Association's Lifetime Service Award at age 30.
In 1975 she became the youngest board director of the National Association of Personnel Consultants and a recipient of the annual Industry Award for "Outstanding Achievement of the Year" for revising the NAPC Code of Ethics.
In 1984, Wendeen organized and founded the National Association of Legal Search Consultants. She was elected the first president of NALSC. and on her watch as Chair of the BOD, the Association ratified the NALSC Code of Ethics. She also chaired the Association's First Annual (Educational) Conference at her NYC townhouse headquarters.
Wendeen at her Chinoiserie partner desk; NYC townhouse HQ 1984.
Wendeen's legal consulting career, leadership in the legal search industry, public service, negotiation expertise, and experience at high stakes power poker tables have been the subject of print and broadcast media coverage around the world -- most notably by the likes of The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The American Lawyer and New York Law Journal, A&E Biography in a close up hosted by news anchor Harry Smith, and Sir Harold Evans in his TV special for BBC "Rudy: Mayor of America. The New York Law Journal has published several of Wendeen's articles that school the legal profession--on their fees, hiring practices and more-- with a sense of humor.
Manhattan Inc. says, "Eolis plays poker as well as the big boys, and sometimes better." (1991)
Entrepreneurial Staying Power
Since 1967, Wendeen has dedicated her life as the CEO of EOLIS, optimizing attorney and law firm talent. In 2015, EOLIS was recognized by corporatelivewire.com for most innovative legal consultancy and in 2016, Wendeen was honored as CEO of the year in Corporate Vision Magazine. The trade journal Corporate Insider has recognized Eolis International Group at its 2017 Legal Awards for "Legal Search Platform of the Year and in 2018 "US Business" has named Eolis International Group as "Legal Recruiting Firm of the Year. Again, in 2019 the Corporate Insider recognized EOLIS at its "Business Excellence Awards" with the winning votes for Legal Search Platform of the Year.
(Note: Neither Wendeen Eolis nor any EOLIS- related entity/individual has advertised or made any payment of any kind in connection with any honor or honorable mention in any publication.)
Wendeen is a graduate of New York University College of Arts and Sciences (1967), with studies in philosophy and psychology and she was a recipient of the Chester H. Lane prize in argumentation and debate. She values the socialization, the joy of reading, and the life lessons learned on the way to obtaining a degree. She has expressed her gratitude for her NYU education not only to NYU President Andrew Hamilton (below) at a special event but also with a long history of giving back to her alma mater.
Wendeen is a certified employment consultant (NY, 1974), an executive consultant, and a certified professional coach (NY, 1974). She is qualified as an expert witness in state and federal courts.
In addition, she has written hundreds of articles for legal, business, and gaming media and is a veteran public speaker at Bar Associations, law schools, corporate and charity events and the New York Learning Annex.