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.
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