Having already achieved a massive amount in her career to date, proud Wexford woman Shelley Ann Quilty-Lake can add a Belfast Ambassador's medal to her impressive list of achievements, having been honoured at a special ceremony at the Northern Irish capital.
A native of Mayglass and a daughter of Bob and Eleanor Quilty, Shelley Ann currently lives in New York where she is a partner at Meehan & Associates LLC. An experienced litigator with respect to addressing employees' workplace issues and disputes, Shelley Ann also assists with negotiating employment agreements, compensation packages and severance agreements, as well as providing vital legal advice to small business owners and start-ups.
Having attended the Mercy School in John's Road, followed by the Loreto Secondary School, Shelley Ann went on to study business and economics in Trinity College and obtained a scholarship to study at Boston College where she did an MA in education and developmental psychology. Finally, she obtained her law degree from the City University of New York where she also sat her bar exams.
Rising rapidly through the ranks, even being listed as a trailblazer in the Irish Echo's '40 under 40', Shelley Ann has been a tireless promoter of her home county and country. She played an instrumental role in hosting the Wexford Senior Hurling team last year and is looking forward to hooking up with Davy Fitzgerald and the team again this year as they make the journey across the Atlantic.
She is a long time member of the Irish Business Organisation of New York (IBO) and has served as its treasurer and First Vice President. It was for her work with the diaspora in New York and building international bridges there that she was presented with her latest award, an Ambassador's Medal, at the Belfast Homecoming 2019. The Wexford woman was delighted to accept and made the journey back to Ireland specially for the ceremony.
While home, she also spent a couple of days in Wexford catching up with family and friends and most importantly stocking up on the distinctly Wexford delicacy of rissoles! A truly proud Wexford woman, Shelley Ann is committed to promoting Wexford and Ireland to a mass audience in the US and constantly goes above and beyond to help others from her homeland to take that first step on the path to the 'American dream'. This was noted in the presentation of her award and it was a source of great pride to her parents.