Public Service - Inbred In EOLIS Culture
EOLIS professionals support and participate in a variety of public service and civic initiatives led by Wendeen Eolis
Stepping Up as a Public Servant
Led by Wendeen H. Eolis, Hope's Champion Task Force (HCTF) is a post-9/11 initiative that assists the United States Government and international government agencies in vetting lawyers and law firms for "special counsel" roles, principally in the aftermath of terrorist incidents, violent attacks, and natural disasters. HCTF also performs sensitive diligence reports; vetting lawyers and law firms for high-level government appointments and other special assignments.
HCTF was conceived as a crisis counseling initiative to assist lawyers and law firms displaced by the 9/11 World Trade Center events. Initially, Wendeen set up shop in downtown Manhattan drawing upon affiliated consultants and researchers of EOLIS International Group for assistance in these intense efforts. In short order, she rekindled love for public service, which led to her return to international government affairs as civilian commander of HCTF.
Wendeen's interest in public service dates back to the sixties. She led a mission during President Richard Nixon's administration to assist "Vietnam Crisis" widows. In the seventies, while president of APCNY (the statewide association representing recruiters, at that time), she worked with the New York State Senate on the drafting and passage of an overhauled statute that addresses employment/recruiting fees.
By the mid-'80s, Wendeen had vetted lawyers for U.S.attorney offices and other federal agencies for two presidential administrations as well as a wide range of local and state government agencies. She also had become a confidante and career advisor to Rudy Giuliani which led to her senior-level advisory role in his first administration (and briefly as an intermediary between him and gubernatorial candidate George Pataki in 1994).
In 1995 Wendeen joined Governor Pataki's administration as First Assistant and Senior Advisor. This role led to additional government attorney vetting opportunities and introductions to the likes of President and Hillary Clinton and President Obama. And, she even scored a personal invite to Mara Lago from future President Trump.
Today, Wendeen holds "senior status" as a devoted public servant for more than fifty years.
Hope's Champion, Center Stage
Hope's Champion Task Force was the outcome of the example set by Wendeen's step-father, a highly placed New York State official, with more than three decades of public service. Wendeen's Dad and Governor Pataki toasted her decision to take the lead for shaping the HCTF mission--a team of professionals around the world vetting counsel needs in the aftermath of catastrophic events. EOLIS companies provide significant pro-bono manpower for HCTF mandates.
Wendeen Works Both Side of the Aisle
Long before Wendeen joined David Axelrod and Karl Rove at a Special Event in New York in 2017, she had crossed paths with both of them on vetting projects during the Presidential administration of George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.
As of 2018, Wendeen has served six presidential administrations as a non-partisan, and enjoyed her recent encounter with president Obama; especially mindful of his words to his children: “Be kind and be useful.”