Marilee Taussig has worn two hats nearly all her life. Trained in psychology and art, she has made her living leading, coaching and helping people to thrive on change. She has also always drawn and painted.
After a decade of corporate work, writing and leading workshops on leadership and diversity, Marilee spent many years building travel programs for independent travelers in Europe, working for her parents' award-winning travel business. and then started her own. Her firm specializes in helping people with independent travel. She has lived many years in Europe and in predominantly African-American neighborhoods in the US. From those experiences, she gained the depth of the experience of the ‘outsider’ or the ‘one among many’. This led her to a lifelong devotion to social justice that seeks to help all people build empathy capacity for others with different life experiences.
In 2017, upon her husband’s retirement, they moved to their small cabin on the water on the Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland. She lives there with her husband and two dogs, and id occasionally joined by her adult daughter. In addition to her travel work, she began to focus on her lifelong avocation as a painter, and has taught painting at Academy Art Museum, RiverArts Gallery, Heron Point of Chestertown, and the Center for Creative Arts in Delaware. She has had solo shows, and works in numerous juried shows over the years, both regionally, nationally and internationally, including the Rittenhouse, Rehobeth Art League, and Woodmere Art Museum. You can see her paintings at marileetaussig.com.
Her love of creativity, and her own adjustment to an empty nest, downsizing, and other challenges of the second half of life led her to write a “picture book for grownups” about finding your happiest possible path in the years after 50, called "Old Enough: Making the Years Between 50 and 80 the Best of Your Life".
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