21 July 2021

Career Webinar: Escape from the Zombie Boss or Colleague

Diane Frendak American Astronomical Society (AAS)

Silhouette human run escape from zombies group (vector image)

Zombie bosses or colleagues are everywhere — they hide in plain sight and smile at you, but behind the scenes they are working up a storm to bring you down. They may harass you, steal your work, malign your reputation, or worse. How do you escape, survive, and thrive?

In this webinar, we will discuss the various scenarios in which a zombie boss or colleague reveals their true colors so you can be aware of the warning signs. We will then plot your escape — in a professional manner, of course — that will distance you from the perpetrator while maintaining and even improving your own reputation. It’s not always easy to get away from a zombie; but it is important to remember that it is doable and necessary, especially if you want to preserve your mental, physical, and emotional health and advance your career.

Join us Wednesday, 4 August, at 2:00 pm ET. This webinar is free to AAS members, but space is limited and registration is required.

Register for the Webinar


Alaina G. Levine

Alaina G. Levine is an award-winning entrepreneur, STEM career consultant, science journalist, professional speaker, and corporate comedian. Her book, Networking for Nerds (Wiley, 2015), beat out Einstein (really!) for the honor of being named one of the Top 5 Books of 2015 by Physics Today. As President of Quantum Success Solutions, she is a prolific speaker and writer on career development and professional advancement for scientists and engineers. She has delivered over 700 speeches for clients in the US, EU, Mexico, Canada, Africa, and Asia, and has written over 400 articles in publications such as Nature, Science, Scientific American, National Geographic News Watch, and Smithsonian. She has served as a career columnist for Physics Today and currently writes “Your Unicorn Career”, a careers column for Science/ScienceCareers. Levine authored two online courses for Oxford University Press on career development and entrepreneurship, and is a consultant, speaker, and writer for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. She holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and anthropology with a certificate in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona. She is a regular speaker for the AAS.

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