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Alaina G. Levine

Alaina G. Levine is an award-winning entrepreneur, science journalist, science and engineering careers consultant, professional speaker and corporate comedian, and executive communications consultant and coach. Her new book on networking strategies for scientists and engineers, Networking for Nerds, will be published by Wiley in 2015.

Known for her lively, interactive, comedic, and entertaining presentations, Alaina has given over 360 keynote speeches, workshops, and webinars across the United States and for clients in Europe and Mexico, She is continuously asked back to speak for organizations again and again to rave reviews!

As President of Quantum Success Solutions, a career consulting enterprise with a focus on advancing the professional development expertise of scientists and engineers, she has been advising emerging and established scientists and engineers about their careers for over a decade, and has consulted with tens of thousands of early- and mid-career scientific and engineering professionals.

She is the author of over 200 articles pertaining to science, engineering, science careers and business in such publications as Science, Nature, World Economic Forum, National Geographic News Watch, Smithsonian, Scientific American, IEEE Spectrum, New Scientist, and COSMOS. As a science careers journalist, Levine constantly researches employment trends in STEM fields and delivers up-to-date vital information about STEM career issues from interviews with hiring managers, decision-makers and recruiters in myriad industries. Levine also pens the career columns for Physics Today and the American Physical Society's international publication, APS News.

Services

  • Corporate Comedy
  • Strategic Presentations and Workshops
  • Keynote Speeches
  • Webinars
  • Emceeing
  • Organizational Strategic Planning and Leadership Training
  • Personal Training and Coaching
  • Career Consulting, Coaching and Planning - Resumes, Cover letters, Interviewing, Networking
  • Entrepreneurial Consultation - Business and Marketing Plan Writing, New Venture Coaching
  • Public Relations and Branding Consulting
  • Freelance Writing
  • Joke and Humor Writing
  • Speechwriting and Coaching

Alaina G. Levine is an expert on a variety of topics

Her workshops and consulting services focus on any of the following:

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Career Consulting Opportunities with Alaina

Alaina is available to do career consulting with clients. Participants meet in person or by computer or phone to discuss any career-related issues you have including: career planning and searching, CV/resume writing, cover letter writing, professional development, professional etiquette, networking, negotiation, and various other topics. We can even do a mock interview. All consultations will be held completely confidential so you are welcome to ask whatever questions you want. Also, you are encouraged to provide your CV/resume, cover letter, or any other item you wish to have evaluated - these too remain completely confidential. Consultations can be done with professionals in any industry or field, and start at one hour.

"As a member of the Caltech Postdoc Association, I contacted Alaina to ask if she could give presentations related to career development at Caltech. I had attended one of her presentations at the meeting of the American Astronomical Society in January 2013 and thought she was a great speaker. From the beginning, she was very professional and open to tailor her services to our interests. She gave six one-hour presentations to an audience of mostly Caltech postdocs, as well as a professional etiquette dinner, on September 24, 2013. Her seminars ranged from career planning for scientists and engineers to negotiation and networking. She impressed all of us with her knowledge and insights, as well as her energy and enthusiasm. She did not only provide useful career information, but also instilled confidence and provided encouragement for postdocs facing the current job market. We would definitely like hiring her again to come to Caltech for another series of career development workshops." - Elise Furlan, Scientific Research Assistant at IPAC, Caltech

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"I feel the need to recommend Alaina since the day I attended her professional development workshop. In the world of academia we typically mostly worry about our work, thinking this is the only thing that will make us succeed. Alaina gave us so many examples helping us realize that we should not be afraid to network, 'advertise' our great work and capabilities and know what we are worth. Most importantly, she provided us with tools and ideas to help us organize our thoughts and find out what we really want. Every single advice she gave to us that day will influence my decisions now (as I am making many important decisions about my future) and for the rest of my life! Thank you Alaina!" - Fani Boukouvala, Postdoctoral Researcher, Princeton University
"I am convinced that the skills and know-how I gained through Alaina's professional development workshops helped me get my dream job right out of grad school. Alaina is so relatable and engaging that I invited her to host workshops for other graduate students at my university, where she was also a hit. A fellow grad student commented that it was the best professional development workshop she's ever been to. Anyone looking for ways to expand and grow in their career could benefit from Alaina's workshops." - Kathryn Williamson, Public Education Specialist at National Radio Astronomy Observatory

One on One Consultation Prices

One Hour

$15000

Two Hours

$30000

Three Hours

$45000

Executive Communications, Coaching and Training

Alaina provide strategic communications and other executive level training for elected officials, boards of directors, and staff members; services include completely confidential and customized training on various issues including public speaking, communicating with new stakeholders, board of directors engagement, strategic planning, public and media relations, working with reporters and high-net worth donors and partners, building an entrepreneurial element into the organization, conflict resolution, crisis management, and employee, ally, and constituent motivation and heightened engagement. Subtopics include:

Testimonials

  • "I saw Alaina G. Levine give several career workshops at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2013. She was one of the best speakers I have heard at AGU or other scientific conferences.

    Her energy, style, and the applicability of her message was a great benefit to me and I am certain others will also benefit equally from her presentations."

    Chas Jones

    PhD candidate, Hydrology, International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks

  • "Alaina G. Levine is a terrific career consultant, and an excellent public speaker! I enjoyed her stimulating lectures, and found her career advices extremely useful and detailed. Beware though: if you follow her advices, you may end up with too many job offers, which is exactly what happened to me!"

    Graziano Rossi

    Assistant Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics

  • "Thank you for your energetic and inspiring workshop presentation. I really appreciated all the details you included, as those are often more helpful and easier to apply in practice than broad suggestions."

    E.E.

    Kimberly-Clark Corporation

  • "I really enjoyed your class on Professional Development in October at the SWE conference. I think you're a great speaker and could make any topic fun and interesting!"

    K.V.

    IBM

  • "I attended Alaina's talk at an NIEHS event this year and I absolutely loved her presentation. It was full of meaningful content, it was captivating and one of the most motivating networking talks that I have attended recently. She not only delivered the message of "Power of Networking" but also kept everyone engaged from slide to slide till the end using gestures, jokes, personalization and real-life experiences!"

    Suparna Gupta

    Formulation Scientist at Patheon

  • "Alaina was invited to UCLA through the PhD Career Planning Series. She presented seminars on several professional development topics and held one-on-one workshops throughout the day. As a UCLA graduate student, I attended her networking seminar, which was full of practical tips and suggestions that I can apply to my current and future networking efforts. Her presentation was not only useful, but also really entertaining! "

    Martina DeSalvo

    PhD candidate at UCLA

  • "Alaina did a networking and leadership workshop at the AIChE National Student Conference, which I attended. The night after the workshop, not only did I get to know personally three of my department's professors, but I met the head of another department and his postdocs, graduate students from my school, and—this is the best one—a professor from a very prestigious university, who I met at a DJ'd reception by purposefully becoming the center of attention on the dance floor. Apparently I was so good that his wife asked me to dance for the last song, and then promptly introduced me to him. Between these people, I now have MAJOR connections at a minimum of 4 of my top graduate schools. Thank you for your help in inspiring me to make these connections happen."

    Luke Blauch

    PhD Candidate at Stanford University

  • "As a member of the Caltech Postdoc Association, I contacted Alaina to ask if she could give presentations related to career development at Caltech. I had attended one of her presentations at the meeting of the American Astronomical Society in January 2013 and thought she was a great speaker. From the beginning, she was very professional and open to tailor her services to our interests. She gave six one-hour presentations to an audience of mostly Caltech postdocs, as well as a professional etiquette dinner, on September 24, 2013. Her seminars ranged from career planning for scientists and engineers to negotiation and networking. She impressed all of us with her knowledge and insights, as well as her energy and enthusiasm. She did not only provide useful career information, but also instilled confidence and provided encouragement for postdocs facing the current job market. We would definitely like hiring her again to come to Caltech for another series of career development workshops."

    Elise Furlan

    Scientific Research Assistant at IPAC, Caltech

  • "Alaina did a presentation on "Professional Networking Etiquette" for the Berkeley Postdoctoral Entrepreneurs Program. She was fun and engaging, and kept the audience of scientists involved throughout. It was lively discussion, and she answered all the "everything you were afraid to ask" kind of questions well and insightfully. I recommend Alaina highly to anyone who is looking for a career coach or consultant for scientists, because she is an entertaining presenter, whose previous experience with academia and academics gives her a lot of credibility with scientist audiences."

    Niranjana Nagarajan

    Senior Scientist, Cancer Immunology

  • "We hired Alaina Levine to give 3 workshops at the 16th Annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Fair in RTP, NC. Alaina was able to give enthusiastic and insightful presentations to over 350 postdocs on interviewing, transferable skills, and alternative funding for science and left the attendees feeling optimistic, excited and enlightened. Her workshops were standing room only and I was amazed by the amount of positive feedback we got on her presentations. I hope to work with Alaina again and to see her give more workshops such as these in the Raleigh/Durham area. She is truly an inspirational speaker on how to get a biomedical job and sell yourself in these trying economical times for biomedical sciences. I expect many career fair attendees will have successful future interviews because of Ms. Levine's training."

    Kymberly Gowdy

    Assistant Professor at East Carolina University

  • "I am convinced that the skills and know-how I gained through Alaina's professional development workshops helped me get my dream job right out of grad school. Alaina is so relatable and engaging that I invited her to host workshops for other graduate students at my university, where she was also a hit. A fellow grad student commented that it was the best professional development workshop she's ever been to. Anyone looking for ways to expand and grow in their career could benefit from Alaina's workshops."

    Kathryn Williamson

    Public Education Specialist at National Radio Astronomy Observatory

  • "I organized a one-day program consisting of three workshops, a networking luncheon, one-on-one career consultations, and a networking dinner at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Institute for Cellular Engineering in May 2012. This was one of the most fabulous events I have ever organized or attended. Alaina is an experienced and energetic speaker, and I received a great deal of positive feedback from more than 130 graduate students and post-docs who attended these workshops. We offered 3 workshop sessions to offer attendance flexibility based on interest, but most attended all three. In summary, I highly recommend Alaina, with no hesitation. I came to UMass after spending 10 years working in industry, so I tend to be picky with speaker selection. I will definitely be working with Alaina to design future programs at UMass Amherst."

    Shana Passonno

    Director, Office of Professional Development, Graduate School, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • "It was such a privileged opportunity to work with Alaina G. She has been a great resource and has given me insightful recommendations in developing my career plan. She is an exceptional individual who represents a great example to women who are at the beginning of their career explorations. She is definitely an inspiration to me! Thank you for all of your help!"

    Gulnur Sanden, Ph.D.

    Project Engineer at Oscor Inc.

  • "I attended three of Alaina's talks at the Ecological Society of America conference, and they were all very engaging and informative. After attending her talk on networking, I knew I couldn't miss her talks on the interview process, and on negotiation strategies! Alaina is a very dynamic speaker -- she keeps the audience involved, gives real world examples, and tosses in a good dose of humor -- all while imparting information that you won't get many other places! I spoke with several other people who attended her talks, and everyone had very positive things to say. The next time I am in a position to bring in a guest speaker, or need a career consultant, Alaina will be at the top of the list."

    Katy Warner

    Ecology, Conservation, Collaboration

  • "I feel the need to recommend Alaina since the day I attended her professional development workshop. In the world of academia we typically mostly worry about our work, thinking this is the only thing that will make us succeed. Alaina gave us so many examples helping us realize that we should not be afraid to network, 'advertise' our great work and capabilities and know what we are worth. Most importantly, she provided us with tools and ideas to help us organize our thoughts and find out what we really want. Every single advice she gave to us that day will influence my decisions now (as I am making many important decisions about my future) and for the rest of my life! Thank you Alaina!"

    Fani Boukouvala

    Postdoctoral Researcher, Princeton University

  • "I had the pleasure of listening to Alaina's talks at the 17th annual NIEH biomedical career symposium at RTP. Her talks were addictive, contained enormous information and gave me the motivation to continue my job search. I highly reccomend her as a career coaching, any career conference in the US should include Alaina!"

    Melisa Soland Vance. Ph.D

    Gene and stem cell therapy specialist at Chapel Hill

  • "As the communication chair of Caltech Postdoc Association, my colleague and I invited Alaina to give a full day lecture to our postdocs about career, life and many other things they could not learn from school. We found it was a lot of fun to listen to her talk. She gave some really nice seminars on how to establish your career as a graduate student/postdoc. Her jokes are so funny and I like your personality. We have a very positive feedback from her seminars."

    Yingdi Liu

    Postdoc in JPL/Caltech

  • "I was in a career session led by Alaina G. and attended a one-on-one career consultation with her at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Process Safety Congress held in San Antonio, Texas. I found it so helpful and truly love to express my gratitude for the time and insightful encouragements you gave me, they were like precious stones sought out from unnoticed field. I am so grateful."

    Ebenezer Ojo

    Biochemical / Process Safety Engineer

  • "Hearing Alaina G. Levine was my favorite part of the conference...she inspired me very much!"

  • "Great! I really loved this - I think Alaina was amazing"

  • "Very engaging and interesting speaker!"

  • "You are a kick! I wanted to drop you a quick note of appreciation. The session you gave today was a show stopper. Many folks in my group were in attendance and thought you were a fireball. I understand that you give talks on a variety of subjects. The energy and enthusiasm you inject into the presentation is like medicine for the folks on campus who catch the virus of indifference…"

  • "I was extremely impressed with your outgoing ways and all the information you provided with your speech"

  • "Very much enjoyed your humor and enthusiasm."

  • "This was exactly what I needed!"

  • "Alaina was extremely energetic & engaging and not only taught a number of excellent skills, she also inspired us to follow through."

  • "Enlightening. Alaina opened up doors for me to find my own strategy to success. Because of her presentation, I feel better equip to achieve my goals."

  • "Thanks so much for doing that wonderful speech at the Renew You conference. I really enjoyed it and you had everybody laughing. I always learn something new from your presentations."

  • "Thank you for the wonderful talk about PR in the workshop meeting this morning. You enthusiasm really impressed me. I've never seen a presentation like this before."

  • "I heard your keynote address at the conference this past weekend was dynamite! Way to go! What a great role model you are for all those future women in the sciences!"

  • "I was one of the workshop presenters for the WISE conference today, and I saw your keynote talk. I was so impressed with how you were able to capture their interest and attention, and I wanted to let you know that as far as the girls in my groups went, I think you really made an impact on them. It was even better for me, because you were saying a lot of things I say to the kids I work with about seeking opportunities and asking questions, so it meant all I had to do was say ‘remember what Alaina said!’ and they all knew immediately what I expected them to do. Thanks!"

  • "I would like to thank you for your wonderful presentation during the meeting. I found your presentation very informative, and enlightening. Thank you again for taking the time to show us your presentation."

  • "I just would like to thank you for that very well presented presentation this evening. I enjoyed it very much…Once again thank you for the joyful evening and the crucial information that you presented…I believe that the members would benefit greatly with the information you had given out...I can't THANK YOU enough for the fulfilling evening. THANK YOU!!"

  • "Hello, I just wanted to say that I loved your presentation. The advice along with your enthusiasm was awesome! I know that when you speak in front of an audience, you have a positive affect on them. Thank you for ‘Alaina’s tips’ because they have and will benefit me!"

  • "Very engaging & entertaining speaker"    “Highly motivational”    “Inspiring”    “Funny”    “Renewed my energy”    “Alaina is a great speaker and it is fun to hear her talk”    “Excellent, enthusiastic”    “Fantastic, wonderful, funny, interesting, and just plain great”    “Dynamic”    “Exceptional”    “Entertaining and very funny”

Networking For Nerds

Available Spring 2015!

Networking for Nerds: Find, Access and Land Hidden Game-Changing Career Opportunities Everywhere

Networking for Nerds provides a step-by-step guide to understanding how to access hidden professional opportunities through networking. With an emphasis on practical advice on how and why to network, you will learn how to formulate and execute a strategic networking plan that is dynamic, multi-dimensional, and leverages social media platforms and other networking channels.

An invaluable resource for both established and early-career scientists and engineers (as well as networking neophytes!), Networking for Nerds offers concrete insight on crafting professional networks that are mutually- beneficial and support the advancement of both your career goals and your scholarly ambitions. "Networking" does not mean going to one reception or speaking with a few people at one conference, and never contacting them again. Rather, "networking" involves a spectrum of activities that engages both parties, ensures everyone's value is appropriately communicated, and allows for the exploration of a win-win collaboration of some kind.

Written by award-winning entrepreneur and strategic career planning expert Alaina G. Levine, Networking for Nerds is an essential resource for anyone working in scientific and engineering fields looking to enhance their professional planning for a truly fulfilling, exciting, and stimulating career.

About Alaina G. Levine

Alaina G. Levine is a prolific speaker, writer, consultant, teacher, and was named the 2006 Tucson Leader of the Year, an award previously bestowed upon former US Surgeon General Richard Carmona. In 2007, she was named the Rising Star Entrepreneur of the Year from the National Association of Women Business Owners, Southern Arizona Chapter, and the Outstanding Administrator of the Year from the University of Arizona Graduate and Professional Student Council (for directing a graduate program that marries science and business). She was also named one of Tucson’s 40 Under 40 Business Leaders, the same year that US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords received the honor. Other awards include the Up and Coming Business Leader by Inside Tucson Business, one of the youngest winners of the YWCA Woman on the Move Award, and the Distinguished Lecturer by the University of Arizona for their Summerfest Program four years in a row, and is an Eller Entrepreneurial Scholar. In all, she has won approximately 20 awards in only a decade.

Recently she was named a Logan Science Journalism Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory, a Robert Bosch Stiftung International Science Journalism Fellow and a Fellow of the Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources. She also received a travel fellowship from the National Association of Science Writers to attend and cover the 62nd Lindau (Physics) Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in July 2012, which she wrote about for National Geographic News watch and APS News.

Featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Alaina is President and Founder of Quantum Success Solutions, a public speaking and corporate comedy enterprise that provides expertise on topics such as career success, organizational public relations, and personal branding and marketing to companies and individuals.

Alaina is the author of over 100 articles, which have appeared in national, regional, and local publications, and two popular newspaper columns: “PR Nerd” which focused on PR and marketing issues and advice, and "Meals and Entertainment", which she wrote under a pseudonym. Both columns were published regularly in Inside Tucson Business, the largest business newspaper in Southern Arizona.

She currently writes the careers column for The Euroscientist and the "Profiles in Versatility" career column for APS News, the national publication of the American Physical Society. She has had the honor of interviewing such notable leaders as Steve Forbes, Tommy Hilfiger, David Bell (Chairman Emeritus of The Interpublic Group), famed physicist and string theorist Brian Greene, famed physicist and author Lawrence Krauss, and too many Nobel Laureates to count. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers.

Alaina is the former Director of Special Projects for the University of Arizona College of Science, where her responsibilities included public relations, industrial relations, economic development and outreach. In addition, Alaina oversaw the UA Professional Science Masters' Program in Applied Science and Business, through which she taught her students about professional skills such as networking, communication, presentation success, career planning, and business etiquette.

As an inaugural Eller Entrepreneurial Scholar, Alaina designed and taught an award-winning graduate course on entrepreneurship for scientists, the only such class in the nation to be headquartered in a science department. Her students developed early-stage business plans based on emerging technology and presented them for potential investors at a popular biannual gala entitled the "Innovation Extravaganza of Epic Proportions".

She has served as Director of Public Relations for UApresents (the University of Arizona performing arts organization), Director of Communications for the UA Physics Department, Director of Public Relations for the Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Publicist for the Arizona International Film Festival focusing on science and science fiction films, and Assistant to the Scientific Editor of the Astrophysical Journal.

Alaina was the President of the Public Relations Society of America-Southern Arizona Chapter in 2005. In 2007, she helped found the National Professional Science Master's Association and helped secure over a half a million dollars in grant funding to jump start the venture. She was a founding member of its Board of Directors where she oversaw the creation and implementation of the National PSM Alumni Network. Alaina has also served on the National Board of Directors for the Arizona Alumni Association, SciEnTeK-12, Inc, and the Microbusiness Advancement Center of Southern Arizona.

In 2008, Alaina was appointed Chair of the selection committee of the (Arizona) Governor's Celebration of Innovation Awards, the state's highest technology business honors, and she continues to serve as a member of this committee. She also served as a Board member of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).

Alaina's other honors include the International Association of Business Communicators Excellence in Media Relations Award, the UA Staff Award for Excellence, and the UA Team (Leader) Award for Excellence. One of her most recent honors, the YWCA Woman on the Move Award, was bestowed on her in part for her continued dedication and work to advance and encourage the study of science by women and minority populations.

Alaina holds a BS in Mathematics, a BA in Anthropology, and a certificate in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona. She also studied at the American University in Cairo as a National Security Education Program fellow, where she was the President and Founder of the first honor society on the campus and pursued grant-funded research in Ancient Egyptian mathematics, cryptography (number theory), and religion. In addition, she has a certificate in economic development.

A native of New Jersey, she graduated with honors from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School in Princeton Junction, NJ.

Known for her lively, interactive, and entertaining presentations, she has given over 400 speeches, workshops and webinars across the United States and in Europe, and her articles have appeared in local, regional, and national publications. She is continuously asked back to speak for organizations again and again to rave reviews!

Alaina's hallmark is to teach, motivate, excite and entertain audiences with specific and strategic information that you can immediately apply and employ to lead you to even greater personal and organizational triumph. Her workshops are fun and functional, sharp and funny, and better your bottom-line like no one else.

Ready for some fun? Want to better your bottom-line? Need a dynamic speaker for your next event, corporate retreat, or conference?

Contact Alaina at alaina@alainalevine.com.

Alaina G. Levine's clients include the prestigious organizations below.

Caution: Once you hear Alaina speak, you will want her back! Most clients are repeat offenders: