Wendeen H. Eolis

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Wendeen H. Eolis
BornOctober 13, 1944 (1944-10-13) (age 74)
New York City, New York, U.S.
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s)None
Money finish(es)7
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
20th, 1993
World Poker Tour
Title(s)None
Final table(s)0(+1)
Money finish(es)1

Wendeen H. Eolis (born October 13, 1944) is an American entrepreneur, the founder of EOLIS, the first search firm exclusively for attorneys,[1] and founder of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants, noted in The American Lawyer Legal Recruiter Directory (2018) as the "inventor of the legal search industry" (digital and print edition (January 2018); [2] she is also a government advisor and public servant[3][4][5][6] currently heading Hope’s Champion Task Force, a post 9/11 crisis and disaster recovery initiative[7][8] and an "internationally recognized poker player,"[9] profiled on an A&E Television Network, Biography Close Up program,[10][11] among others.[12]

Eolis is the Chair of EOLIS and its operating companies; Eolis International Group,[13] an attorney search and legal/government affairs consultancy (specializing in partnership searches, legal counsel retentions, attorney career transitions),[14] and related legal consulting services,[15][16] and Wendeen Eolis Enterprises,[17] a legal/ business affairs and coaching consultancy, and operator of Eolis Institute for Leadership,[18] specializing in negotiation, decision strategies, and executive coaching.

Eolis is also consulted as a law firm/attorney media coach[19] and as a special advisor to corporate boards in vetting lawyers/law firms for counsel roles and board director seats.[20][21]

Eolis’s public service includes assignments in New York City, New York State, federal and international venues. She currently serves as Chief Operating Officer in command of Hope’s Champion Task Force.[14] This post 9.11 initiative advises U.S. government and overseas officials, principally, in the evaluation and retention of critical legal counsel in the aftermath of catastrophes.[22] Eolis has previously served as a special advisor to Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani[4] and as first assistant and senior advisor to Governor George E. Pataki (NY).[23][24][25]

She was elected president of the Association of Personnel Services of New York State, and thereafter served as chairman of the board of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants. She also has been a member of the board of directors of various not for profit organizations and community projects, including WNYC, and, New Yorkers for Children.[26][27]

Eolis was a pioneer for women in major poker competition.[28][29][30] In 2008, Eolis was elected Chairman of the World Poker Association,[31][32] serving until midsummer, when she accepted a role as a legal consultant in the upcoming U.S. presidential elections.[33] Eolis has served as a member of the Players Advisory Council of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) since 2006[34] and was the Chair of the WSOP International Players Advisory Council.[35] She is referenced by the WSOP as the “Grand Dame of Poker.“[36][37]

Additionally, Eolis is a lecturer[38] and seminar leader[39] and an instructor on UStream for New York's Learning Annex,[40] where she teaches people reading principles for use in business, politics, and poker.[24] She is also a journalist; writing for professional trade journals and poker media.[41]

Law and business[edit]

Born in New York City, Eolis began her career establishing an attorney placement desk right after graduation from New York University (B.A 1967, philosophy major). In 1969 she founded Eolis, Inc., the first placement and consulting firm strictly for "practicing lawyers." [42] She specializes in counseling lawyers, executives, and "specialized talent" in law, business, government affairs, management issues, counsel selection, attorney staffing,[43] career transitions, negotiation strategies, and media relations and advises on post-disaster human resources initiatives.

Eolis heads a network of affiliates that perform partner searches, law firm mergers and various legal consulting assignments related to law practice management, legal affairs crisis management, law department evaluations, and legal fee reviews. She also counsels and coaches politicians and clients of legal services.[44]

In 1974 Eolis was the first woman and youngest president of the Association of Personnel Consultants of New York State(APCNY). In 1975 she was the youngest member on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Personnel Consultants and in the same year the youngest recipient of "APCNY's Industry Service Award, for "lifetime achievement." In 1984, she founded and served as the first president of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC).[14] She has also been a recipient of the NALSC's "Distinguished Service Award."

In 2006, she founded Eolis Institute for Leadership, which produces executive leadership workshops and teaches Eolis "12 Steps to "People Reading Excellence".[25] She lectures on negotiation and presentation techniques, often using her experience gained at poker tables.[45]

Politics and government[edit]

Eolis has been involved in politics since the 70's; initially as president of APCNY, in the development of updated legislation regarding the executive recruiting industry. While president of APCNY, Ms. Eolis was recognized with a "special citation" by the New York State Senate for her contribution to the modernization of employment agency laws in New York State. In the late 80's she was involved in Giuliani's initial Mayoral campaign, then, after his first election on his transition team, and later as an advisor in City Hall operations, including: communications, law department, and personnel matters. Eolis served in the Pataki Administration (appointment 1995)[3] as first assistant to the governor and senior advisor on "special projects" including personnel matters, rent deregulation, and gaming issues.[46] Since 9.11, she has overseen Hope’s Champion Task Force, which works with government representatives and others on emergency preparedness personnel and counseling programs for disaster recovery.

Gaming industry consulting[edit]

Eolis provides specialized consulting services to casinos, gaming properties, and tournament organizing companies with regard to event contracts, regulatory affairs, counsel selection, and tournament consulting, among her various natters. She also does special reports related to the operations of offline and online gaming companies in connection with government affairs assignments.[47][48] She analyses, lectures, and writes periodically on online gaming matters including the impact of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and casino regulations in Nevada and other states.

In September 2010, Eolis was a finalist in the nominations for the London-based Women in Gaming Awards and in October 2010 Eolis was a moderator at the inaugural Monaco iGaming conference, sponsored by the principality and HRH Prince Albert of Monaco.[49][50]

Poker[edit]

Eolis has "cashed" a total of seven times at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) [51] and was appointed to the World Series of Poker Players Advisory Council (PAC) in 2006. She was the first woman to cash in the main event of the WSOP (1986) and the first one to do it twice (1993).[52] She has since cashed at the WSOP in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2009. The WSOP issued a commemorative chip[9] for her "milestone" for women (1996) and in 2007, Commissioner of the WSOP, Jeffrey Pollack, dubbed Eolis the "grand dame of poker".[53] Eolis also won the European Open No Limit Hold'em Tournament in 1990[54] and has cashed in the World Poker Tour,[55] and the United States Poker Championship.[54] Eolis was elected to the Professional Poker Tour (2004–05).[56]

Publications[edit]

Eolis’ published writings include articles for the New York Law Journal ,[57] Women’s Business of New York, Poker Player Newspaper,[58] and Bluff Magazine,[59] among others.[60] Eolis has written numerous articles on the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) and subsequent congressional proposals to reverse the UIGEA legislation.[60] She is the author of Power Poker Dame, and People Reading Secrets.[61]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About EOLIS". Eolis.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "EOLIS International Group". Law.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  3. ^ a b New York Law Journal, April 03, 1995 (page 1) Eolis's appointment to the Executive Chamber
  4. ^ a b "BBC America, 2002, producer Celia Lowenstein, narrator – Sir Harold Evans". WendeenEolis.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "City/State Govt Relations". WendeenEolis.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "HCTF". WendeenEolis.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "Public Service". Eolis.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "Author's Profile". Leopard Solutions. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Silver State Treasures, Eolis commemorative chip 1996". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  10. ^ "You Want to Bet?". TCM.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  11. ^ "Biography Close Up: Wendeen H. Eolis Profile". WendeenEolis.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  12. ^ "Court TV, April 6, 2000, Nancy Grace – Wendeen Eolis, 11AM-12PM". WendeenEolis.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  13. ^ "Eolis International Group". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  14. ^ a b c "The American Lawyer – Legal Recruiters Directory – 2013". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  15. ^ "Arbitration/Expert Testimony". Eolis.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  16. ^ "David Defeats Goliath, As He Should". Eolis.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  17. ^ "Wendeen Eolis Enterprises". WendeenEolis.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  18. ^ "Eolis Institute for Leadership". WendeenEolis.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  19. ^ "The New York Times, "THE LAW; Now, Enter The 'Media Adviser,' A New Line Of Defense For The Sophisticated Legal Firm", David Margolick, February 24, 1989". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  20. ^ "Counsel Selection/Retention". Eolis.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  21. ^ "Vetting Services: the Heart of the Deal". Eolis.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  22. ^ "Hope's Champion Task Force". Eolis.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  23. ^ "The New York Times, "Executives Ante Up, and Win Some Skills", Marci Alboher, February 9, 2003". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  24. ^ a b "Wendeen H. Eolis, CEO". Eolis.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  25. ^ a b The Learning Annex Magazine, "The Grand Dame", page 2, December 2007 – March 2008
  26. ^ "Eolis Wendeen involvement with non-profit organizations". MissionAndVision.org. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  27. ^ "Civic Affairs". WendeenEolis.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  28. ^ "Chicks with Decks (excerpt), GQ Magazine". Eolis.com. October 2000. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  29. ^ "The New York Times, "Where Poor Table Manners Can Quickly Cost a Fortune", Paul Zielbauer,". November 20, 2000. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  30. ^ "NY Daily News, "She is a Game Player: politics and poker are joy to blue-chip Manhattan exec", Virginia Breen, July 10, 1999". New York. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  31. ^ "Bluff Magazine, "World Poker Association Names Wendeen Eolis Chairman ", Lance Bradley, April 2, 2008". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  32. ^ "WPA chairman turns up the heat". Casino City Times. April 4, 2008. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  33. ^ "Poker News daily, "Tom Franklin Elected Chairman of World Poker Association Board", Dan Cypra, January 28, 2009". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  34. ^ "PokerNews.com, "Lunch with Jack Effel: Changes to the 2008 WSOP, Part 1", Matt Savage, February 22, 2008". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  35. ^ Pajich, Bob (May 29, 2007). "WSOP Forms Council for International Players". Card Player. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  36. ^ "Player Profile: Wendeen Eolis". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  37. ^ "Wendeen Eolis profile on world-series-poker.co.uk". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  38. ^ "Speaker / Journalist Overview". WendeenEolis.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  39. ^ "Motivational Speaker". WendeenEolis.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  40. ^ "Wendeen Eolis Class Preview – Negotiating a Job Offter with the Eolis People Reading System". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  41. ^ "Eolis Published Articles". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  42. ^ Continental Profiles Magazine (Continental Airlines), "Corporate Counsel, Profile: Wendeen H. Eolis", Amy C. Pershing, October 1989
  43. ^ "The AmLaw Litigation Daily, "Layoff Report: Litigators Feel the Pinch, But Not as Severely as Their Corporate Colleagues", David Bario, February 26, 2009". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  44. ^ "The New York Times, "A Headhunter Finds 2 Heads Are Acquainted", William Glaberson, February 6, 1989". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  45. ^ "NOPAC Talent, Wendeen Eolis Bio". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  46. ^ "Facing the Firing Squad: Wendeen Eolis". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  47. ^ "Grande Dame of Poker". WendeenEolis.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  48. ^ Eolis, Wendeen H. (July 22, 2009). "Barney Frank Raises the Ante". Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  49. ^ "Monaco iGaming Exchanges Conference programme". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  50. ^ "The Winners in the Battle for I-Gaming in America will be… - live-production.tv". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  51. ^ "World Series of Poker Player Profile". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  52. ^ "Poker News – Player Profile". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  53. ^ "World Series of Poker, "The Home Stretch", Jeffrey Pollock, July 9, 2007, Harrah's Entertainment, Inc". Missing or empty |url= (help)
  54. ^ a b "Wendeen H. Eolis". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  55. ^ "World Poker Tour Player Profile". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  56. ^ "Wendeen Eolis". World Series of Poker. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  57. ^ "The New York Times, "THE LAW; Now, Enter The 'Media Adviser,' A New Line Of Defense For The Sophisticated Legal Firm", David Margolick, February 24, 1989". February 24, 1989. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  58. ^ "Articles by Wendeen Eolis (series of internet gaming articles - 2011-2013)". WendeenEolis.com. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  59. ^ "Bluff Magazine, "Poker in Paris: 1st Class" Wendeen H. Eolis, October, 2004". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  60. ^ a b "Articles by Wendeen H. Eolis". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  61. ^ "Dystel & Goderich Literary Management: Newsletter Number 37". Retrieved April 3, 2018.

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