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Marissa Wesely

Marissa Wesely is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center, affiliated with the Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, and is a long-standing advocate for gender equality and women’s rights in diverse settings.  In 2014, she was a Fellow at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative where her work focused on cross-sector collaboration – particularly between the corporate sector and local women’s organizations - to empower women globally.  She was recently hired as the Coordinator of the Win-Win Coalition, a new cross sector coalition to empower women and advance women’s rights. Marissa is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an active member of a number of non-profit boards, including the Global Fund for Women and DirectWomen.  Prior to 2014, Marissa was a corporate partner at the global law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, and was regularly recognized as a leading lawyer in banking and finance, including as the 2013 Finance Lawyer of the Year at the Chambers’ Women in Law Awards.  She is a co-founder of the Kate Stoneman Project, a leadership organization for women partners at 10 leading New York-based law firms.  Among other awards for her work with women in the legal profession, Marissa was a recipient of the ABA's 2014 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, which recognizes lawyers who have excelled in their fields an inspired other women lawyers. Marissa speaks and writes regularly on issues of women’s leadership and women’s rights, including as the author (with Dina Dublon) of the cover story in Stanford Social Innovation Review’s spring 2015 issue, “Empowering Women at the Grassroots.”