Marissa Wesely is a partner at the global law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Marissa has been recognized for many years as a leading lawyer in banking and finance and, in 2013, was honored as the Finance Lawyer of the Year at Chambers’ Women in Law Awards. Marissa will spend 2014 as a Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow, as a transition to full time work in the area of international women’s rights.

Marissa is a long-standing advocate for gender equity and an active board member of a number of non-profit organizations seeking to advance women’s rights and leadership participation, including the Global Fund for Women.  She speaks regularly on issues relating to international women’s rights – most recently at the 2013 Women’s Forum on the Economy and Society in Deauville – and on women and leadership, including as the keynote speaker at Duke Law School’s 2012 Women and Law conference.