Shirlee Taylor Haizlip is a native of Connecticut. Schooled at Wellesley College and Harvard University, she also taught sociology at Tufts University. From academia, she traversed the worlds of politics, communications, the corporate sector and the non- profits. Included in her vita are executive stints at WNET/Thirteen in New York, CBS in the Virgin Islands, and the American Film Institute’s National Center for Film Preservation. She was the first woman to manage a television station in the United States. She has written three non-fiction books, the most recent being Finding Grace, released in January 2004, published by Simon and Schuster. In the works are a novel and a children’s book which she is also illustrating.
Her first book, The Sweeter the Juice, won many awards, including the Simon Wiesenthal Award and a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year” award. The Sweeter the Juice is now required reading at more than 180 colleges. Her second book, In The Garden of Our Dreams, co-authored with her husband, Harold, has been optioned for a play currently in development. In addition to garnering great reviews, both of her books were best sellers, with Garden of Our Dreams reaching #1 on The Los Angeles Times Best Seller list.
The University of New Haven awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in recognition of the societal importance of The Sweeter the Juice. When her alma mater, Wellesley College, celebrated its 125th anniversary, Shirlee was honored as an outstanding alumna along with Hillary Clinton and Shirlee’s classmate and friend, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright.
Shirlee has written book reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle, editorial pieces for The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, and articles for such magazines as American Legacy and American Visions. She has appeared on OPRAH, CBS, ABC, Larry King Live, Front Page, Dateline and 20/20. She has also been a guest on NPR’s “Fresh Air” and “All Things Considered.” She is in constant demand as a speaker nationwide.
Shirlee resides in Los Angeles, is married to Dr. Harold C. Haizlip, a Harvard-trained educator, and is the mother of two daughters, both Yale alumnae.