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    French Consulate Beckons but- No Wine for Wendeen

    For her first post-accident outing, Wendeen chose a wine and cheese tasting at the French Consulate, just a block from her city home. Hosted by a colleague of the  International Women’s Forum,  it was truly a feast of summer wines and cheese. Although wine was strictly verboten for Wendeen–no desire to tire quickly– the education […]
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    Back in the Saddle!

    Wendeen Eolis says “The best medicine for broken bones are the calls, messages, and visits from friends, colleagues and caring family.” The secret is out! Wendeen was hit by a taxi after two eager cab drivers vied for the fare. One of them missed Wendeen, the other hit the unsuspecting pedestrian in flagged down mode […]
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    Barry Wine and Wendeen Receive Royal Treatment

    In the 80’s era of extravagance and glitz, Barry Wine turned The Quilted Giraffe Restaurant into a thing of beauty and a joy forever for diners like Wendeen and every other foodie in our town, not to mention the rich and famous from around the world. The restaurant is long since gone but early East […]
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    Wendeen is Awed by Student Speeches

    On a cold day in January, a busload of students arrived at Weil Gotshal and Manges, from a Bronx neighborhood public school– for lessons in public speaking. The kids are paired with the law firm  in  a New York City Pencil Project. Weil Gotchal and Manges is among the dedicated sponsors of unique learning experiences […]
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    Yankees Boss Levine Huddles with Wendeen

    Wendeen says, “Randy Levine minds his business by speaking his mind–with equal parts knowledge and passion.” Best known as President of the New York Yankees, except to the lawyers on the other side of his fierce end game in the crunch of a tough labor negotiation, Randy Levine is a man who speaks his mind, […]
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    Wendeen Reconnects with President Obama

    Last week, Wendeen reconnected with a remarkably relaxed and refreshed President Barack Obama, outside Washington (which is where they first met in 2008).  The president was the quintessential starring attraction at the Streiker Center/Temple Emanu-el, in New York. After sampling chef Daniel Boulud’s signature short ribs (which Wendeen highly recommends), the President made his way […]
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    Thank You, President Hamilton

    It is reaffirming, uplifting and with extreme gratitude, I start the year by recognizing NYU President Andrew Hamilton who greeted me this past fall, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary my graduation from the University.  Andrew now fills the shoes of those who preceded him, including my favorite professor and advisor L. Jay Oliva who […]
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    At Home with Israel Ambassador Aharoni

    Wendeen  recalls visit  with Israel’s Consul General, Ido Aharoni at his New York residence. It was an intimate gathering of members of the International Women’s Forum (WFNY), in advance of this year’s IWF cornerstone conference in Tel Aviv. Ambassador Aharoni and Wendeen chatted about their mutual community of interest and the solid  ties between Israel and New York. Mr. Ahoroni has been […]
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    Mandela Dazzles Wendeen

    Wendeen listened to the tribute to Nelson Mandela at his memorial service in Soweto with first-hand knowledge of the joy, strength, and pride the South African liberator brought not only to his people, but to all who he befriended. Wendeen was privileged to cross paths with him twice. On the first occasion at Gracie Mansion […]
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    Unlikely Trio at CPAC

    At a Washington dinner Wendeen Eolis and MSNBC news anchor Mika Brezinski were curious guests of at a CPAC meeting; both had been invited by the sponsors; they chatted at their ringside table before the Latino band came out to play. Morning Joe Scarborough graced the ladies with his presence, coming down from his perch […]
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    Wendeen and Bill share memorable moment

    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. On his watch, for two Mayors  20 years apart, […]
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    Wendeen puts Mayor on Spot

    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. But, he was pointedly mum about public schools that are currently accessible […]
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    Wendeen and Al Gore meet again!

    Wendeen and Al Gore meet up again in a different environment, before his presentation at New York’s most renowned and extraordinarily beautiful synagogue, Temple Emanuel. Last time around, Wendeen met with the former Vice President, shortly after he was defeated in the 2000 presidential campaign, while engaged in an attorney vetting assignment for the Florida recount. […]
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    Forever Indebted to the Late Dr. L. Jay Oliva

    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. It was Jay who insisted that I trot into my history class with infants in tow, rather than cut his class at the lofty […]
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    Leading Women Join Hands in Morocco

    At the International Women’s Forum in Morocco “dine-arounds” with diplomats, academics, and corporate CEOs were among the most popular events in the non-stop two day program. At the home of Ambassador and Mme Saida Bennami IbnBrahim, Wendeen was among the invited guests to take part in a unique evening. The discussion was lively, the food traditional, […]
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    Friends on Both Sides of the Aisle

    Most everyone agrees that politics is personal, but for Wendeen it has meant friendships – many of long standing that have grown without boundaries and without being inhibited by varying political thought. Looking back upon a special birthday, shortly before election night in 1994, Wendeen pauses to consider the blessing of stalwart friends, no matter […]
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    Marcel is a Man with Big Ideas

    For more than 10 years Marcel Luske and I have met often as clients, as friends with a shared passion for fair play, out paths crossing in business, exotic travel and poker room combat. Marcel, the entertainer, the story teller and the advocate is now holding court in the Bahamas, as I leave to return to […]
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    They Agree: Alaska Is Awesome

    Wendeen and Sara rub shoulders amiably as they chat about the beauty of Alaska. In 2008 Wendeen predicted, publicly, that picking Sarah Palin as the VP candidate could be “suicide,” for the Republicans…. In 2013,  Wendeen attended  a  private reception that featured Sara. After listening to the former VP candidate’s latest rap, Wendeen acknowledged to her hosts, “Sara is definitely more into newspapers these […]
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    Congressman Barton Meets with Wendeen

    Shortly before the summer recess, Wendeen and Joe discussed his latest federal legislative bill in support of online gaming. She thanks him for the generosity of his time and commentates on his legislative strategy to bring about legalization of online gaming. Her smile in the photo reflects her satisfaction on getting the scoop as to where the […]
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    Lew Rudin, Mr. New York

    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. Everyone who is anyone in the […]
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    Wendeen Queries Mary Jo White

    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. Breakfast was lively, Mary Jo kept us on our toes; discussing her responsibilities and authority with a dollop  of humor  and heaping respect for  […]
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    Celebrating Nelson Mandela Day

    Celebrations with President Nelson Mandela are filled with food for the soul.  In their first meeting, Wendeen joined members of City Hall in welcoming President Mandela to the Gracie Mansion lawn.  They followed up with a chat in the Mayor’s Library. Five years later, in South Africa, the mighty Mandela showed humility, friendship, and love of […]
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    Myron Chevetz, Finest First VP

    Leading together, Mike and Wendeen set in motion the 1974 legislative effort in the State of New York to overhaul the statute that applies to “headhunters.” Marching into the offices of Assemblymen and Senators, Wendeen used Mike’s talking points to persuade them, one by one, to give up the 1904 law that prohibited recruiting by […]
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    Wendeen Is Awed in Steinbrenner’s Suite

    Until her recent visit with Hal Steinbrenner in the owners’ suite, she knew just a tad about baseball from Rudy Giuliani, Randy Levine, and Alex Rodriguez. But last week, her knowledge base of all things baseball skyrocketed. Wendeen supported a unique Citymeals-on-Wheels event that included not only the best box seats, but plenty of tutoring on Yankees history in the owner’s […]
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    Wendeen Tutors Business Women

    At a luncheon held at the Hilton, Wendeen is the keynote speaker moving from one roundtable to another, coaching lawyers on the cusp of partnership regarding four key strategies to make the cut. Wendeen says, “On home, in business, and on the road, negotiations revolve around how much do you love me and who is boss.” […]
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    Wendeen Hosts WFNY Dine-around

    The Women’s Forum small dinners are reason enough for accomplished women to want to be part of this organization.  It is filled with leaders and trend setters who share empathy, enthusiasm and desire to achieve more. Tonight’s dinner was a salon style affair featuring women’s stories of transformative travels around the world.
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    Wendeen at Home at the World Trade Center

    On the first business day in January 1995, Governor George Pataki invited Wendeen to lunch at his new digs on the 57th floor of World Trade Center 2. He showed her around the offices and upon opening the door to a luxurious space with a drop dead view of the New York Harbor, proposed that she accept a […]
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    Rick Marek Stands for Elegance

    Last weekend Rick Marek, President of the prestigious real estate leasing boutique, Vortex Group,  hosted an  annual summer cocktail party with tall drinks and big servings of Wendeen’s homemade lobster salad at his luxurious Watermill spread. Longtime friends, Rick and Wendeen began their respective careers in the same year–more than a few years ago and are known to visit […]
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    Chief Judge Loretta Preska’s Send-Off

    At a private reception in her chambers, Chief Judge Loretta Preska (S.D.N.Y.) hosted fellow members of the New York branch of the International Women’s Forum.  Having arrived with a suitcase at her door, the uniquely touching Loretta later sent me off to my flight for Madrid with a doggie bag in hand. All be it […]
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    NYC Insider Wayne Barrett with Wendeen

    Gotham’s preeminent political reporter Wayne Barrett leaves no stones unturned in covering New York City’s rich, famous, and powerful players, except when dining on porterhouse with a friend. The legendary master in “digging deeper”, Wayne reminisces with Wendeen on his pursuit of inside information, dating back to her days in the august corridors of power within […]
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    Prince Albert Is Thoroughly Charming

    Prince Albert was the consummate host at his private reception during the Monaco iGaming Conference of 2010.  A pet project of the prince, the conference attracted attention in the worldwide gaming community. As moderator of a panel on igaming-“Future Winners in America”, I predicted that major Nevada casinos would most likely be the primary beneficiaries, but […]
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    Wendeen Sails with Rudy in New York Harbor

    On a cloudless night before 9/11 changed the world, America’s Mayor chatted up Republican bigwigs and New York friends on a boatride that highlighted the view of the Twin Towers.  Tonight, he reflected on the bittersweet justice that has finally been done.
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    Madame Secretary Shares Strategies

    Long before Hillary Rodham Clinton proved to be the consummate team player as our Secretary of State, she had proved her mettle in my eyes as the loyalist we all want in our lives—fully focused on big picture objectives. At a Renaissance Weekend in South Carolina, the 25th anniversary of this intellectual retreat, I had […]
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    Newt Gears up for 2012

    Chatting up former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich at a small Washington reception, I realized quickly that he and I share one common denominator—the commitment to exceptionalism. Always the consummate politician, when it comes to morals and family values he segways seamlessly from one side of the equation to the other. But I’m not […]
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