Marisa Vecchio AM was appointed the inaugural WLSQ Ambassador in 2014. Marisa is owner and “Chief Executive of Everything” at Hanworth House, after she lovingly restored the residence which has a strong history of helping women in need.
Previously Marisa was a national CEO, business leader and company director for nearly 20 years, winning the 2004 Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year.
Marisa is a leading philanthropist with involvements in: Zonta International, QUT, WANTZ committee, Brisbane Festival, Ballet International Gala and Mater Foundation specifically ovarian and breast cancer initiatives.
In 2017 Marisa was recognised for her corporate and philanthropic work in being awarded an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and the 2017 Queensland Community Foundation’s Community Philanthropist of the Year.
Marisa has recently launched the podcast Bubbles and Benevolence to inspire others to make a difference.
QUT honoured her contribution to the University and community in 2019 by awarding Marisa Doctor of the University.
Marisa’s long term support of Women’s Legal Service Queensland has included opening Hanworth House for WLSQ website photographs following devastating fires to the residence, event sponsorships, stepping up as a 2017 Dancing CEO bringing tango dance skills while raising record funds, recruiting Dancing CEOs and support for subsequent Dancing CEOs through assistance with fundraising and a significant dollar match campaign in 2023. Marisa hosted the first designer rummage sale for WLSQ in partnership with the Women Lawyers Association in 2016. Over the years Marisa has grown the event into Labels on the Lawn raising over $300,000 for Women’s Legal Service.