American Business Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the many talented and accomplished women who make up our nations’ workforce. We are inspired by these women, and we are proud to have many talented women leading teams across the company.
While we are extremely proud of all the women who work for Omni Logistics (“Omni”), we’d like to shine a spotlight on our very own Wendy Curtis, Omni’s Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, in honor of Business Women’s Day.
Meet Wendy Curtis, CLO Omni Logistics
Wendy began her legal career in the mail room of a Dallas law firm. She worked as a receptionist, legal secretary, and paralegal before earning a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University while on a soccer scholarship. Wendy continued her studies to earn a JD, cum laude, from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law – all while being a mother to two small children.
With 17 years of experience under her belt, including 8 years in the Corporate Section at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, Wendy now holds the title of Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel at Omni Logistics. She is responsible for leading the Company’s Legal, Compliance and Risk Departments.
Leadership at Omni
As a member of the Omni Executive Leadership Team, Wendy oversees and sets strategy for the legal, compliance and risk functions including commercial contract matters, legal claims and litigation, corporate governance, and global ethics and compliance. She also advises the Executive Team regarding strategic transactions and initiatives.
Wendy was the first in-house lawyer at Omni and has grown the Legal and Compliance department to include 8 team members. Under her guidance, the team has enhanced an Ethics and Compliance Department, improved the contract review, negotiation and maintenance process, and developed guidelines to enhance governance across Omni.
With Wendy leading the way, Omni’s legal department implemented a contract lifecycle management system and has become a key business partner to the company’s sales, operations, human resources and other teams. Omni’s compliance program has been significantly improved with the adoption and institution of a global code of conduct, companywide mandatory training program for over 4,000 employees, global reporting platform for both employees and third parties, third party due diligence system screening over 11,000 vendors, and numerous trade and compliance policies.
Given her successful track record, Wendy has recently taken on responsibility for Omni’s risk management department. This new responsibility will allow her to oversee insurance procurement, claims, safety, risk, and motor carrier compliance.
In other words, she has quite the busy schedule!
Acknowledgments & Achievements
Outside of her professional career, Wendy is active with the North Texas Women’s Soccer Association, one of the country’s largest adult women’s soccer leagues. She plays and manages teams in both the open and over-30 divisions and supported the league by managing the North Texas Women’s Regional Team. Wendy has recruited over 100 women of all ages and experience levels to join the league to support women in sports and encourage women to stay active and healthy.
Wendy has also been involved with the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas as a volunteer attorney handling cases under the Violence Against Women’s Act and as a member of the Pro Bono Committee.
She was honored in 2010 as HRI’s Outstanding Young Associate for the Women and Children’s Program and was also named Pro Bono Counsel of the Year in 2012 by Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP.
Wendy is not only an outstanding businesswoman, but also a great role model outside of her professional career. Wendy is a tremendous asset to the Omni family and we are proud to have her on our team!