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Doctoral Retreat 2017

THE ABC COACH, Nicole Johnson, Ed.D.

Friday, June 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 4:30 PM (PDT)

Doctoral Retreat 2017

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
General Admission
Admission to all sessions, doctoral retreat swag bag, conference materials, a 1 hour post-conference follow-up phone call and (1) 3 hour coaching session. *Pre conference family style dinner and daily lunch.
Jun 30, 2017 $2,500.00 $0.00
Early Bird Discount
Admission to all sessions, doctoral retreat swag bag, conference materials and a 2 hour post-conference follow-up coaching call.*Pre conference family style dinner and daily lunch.
May 31, 2017 $1,950.00 $0.00
Career Professional/Executive Leader Jun 30, 2017 $1,200.00 $19.95
HBCU Group Rate   more info Jun 15, 2017 $950.00 $0.00

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Why You Should Attend?

Do you need a break away from your daily routine? A chance to step back and see the big picture, gain clarity and take stock of where you are and where you are headed? If so,

 Enjoy Los Angeles on a 3-Day Doctoral Retreat.

Use this time to renew, review, and reenergize. Bring your laptop and join us in the Playroom as we spend our time together:

  • Accelerating your Time to Degree and Writing One-on-One
  • Demystifying the dissertation process and Getting Unstuck
  • Creating a 30-90 day action plan
  • Redefining your doctoral experience
  • Learning mindfulness, productivity, and spiritual tools to create the life you want to live

Who Should Attend?

  • 1st, 2nd, or 3rd (+) year Doctoral Students
  • Chairpersons, Deans, Directors, and Student Success Advisor
  • Prospective Doctoral Students
  • ABD (All But Dissertation) Candidates  
  • Career Professionals/Executive Leaders

What Will We Do?

Come with a growth mindset and look forward to on site writing coaches, resort style amenities, Time Outs, off-site educational adventure(s), time for meaningful reflection. 

Each day begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.

The best dissertation is a done dissertation! Get focused, get balanced and get recharged.

What do I stand to gain by attending?

Attend the Doctoral Retreat and in 3 rich days you will:

  1. Increase clarity and align with your purpose.
  2. Practice honoring agreements and sacred promises.
  3. Learn 18 critical ways of thinking.
  4. Design practices and shortcuts including creating a 30-90 day action plan.
  5. Create systems, learn how to work at your peak times, and incorporate mindfulness, productivity, and spiritual tools on your journey.
  6. Develop an inner discipline to read and write effortlessly and daily; Structure your dissertation in 3 days; Create an aggressive dissertation timeline; Practice writing reseach questions, problem statements, and purpose statements.
  7. Address personal issues such as balancing work and school, and dealing with procrastination head on by becoming a RPP (Really Productive Person).
  8. Address non-academic challenges-e.g. stagnation, prioritization, procrastination, and 3 effective ways to unpack or initiate difficult conversations.
  9. Incorporate more play & creativity, which leads to innovation. 
  10. D.R.E.A.M about the “Business Purpose” of your doctorate and turn your dissertation into a viable economic model that pays.


How Do I Register?

Attendees should register online for the retreat using the link below. Registration includes all retreat materials, leadership books, daily lunch, 2 midday snacks, and a (2) hour post conference coaching session.

To reserve a room at Hyatt House 810 S. Douglas Street in El Segundo, CA please call 844.660.0860


Act Now, Don't Wait, and Register Today

Seating is limited for greater interaction, intimacy, and inspired living.

Refund Policy

All requests for refunds MUST be submitted in writing to Dr. Nicole Johnson, THE ABC COACH via email at and RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Pacific Time by the dates listed below. Telephone requests WILL NOT be honored. Written requests for refunds will be processed as follows:

Received by May 25, 2017-Full refund less processing fee.

Received on or after May 26, 2017- No Refund

Please include your full name, telephone number and email address for all  refunds submitted via email. *Refunds will be issued promptly. This process usually takes 5-7 business days.

Contact: Dr. Nicole Simmons-Johnson, Ed.D. at for more information.



Have questions about Doctoral Retreat 2017? Contact THE ABC COACH, Nicole Johnson, Ed.D.

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Friday, June 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 4:30 PM (PDT)

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THE ABC COACH, Nicole Johnson, Ed.D.

Dr. Nicole Johnson, Ed.D. earned her terminal degree from Pepperdine University. While in the doctoral program, she positioned herself as an expert on the topic of dissertation support. She created instructional DVD's to support doctoral students and founded her own coaching and consulting practice for graduate and doctoral students while in her doctoral program. Dr. Johnson was an invited guest panelist at Eastern Kentucky University Dissertation Symposium, and presented a portion of her dissertation at the American Psychological Association (APA) 120th  Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida in 2012. Her dissertation The Path to Graduation: A Model Interactive Web site Design Supporting Doctoral Students focused on redesigning the dissertation support website and helping doctoral students through the dissertation phase.

She has presented her ideas, products, and services in the national and international arena, including Hawaii, Los Angeles, Monterrey, Mexico, Sacramento, Paris, France, San Diego, and Washington DC. 

Her DVD is a collaborative effort and is entitled A Thin Book for 1st Year Doctoral Students. It is available on

Pepperdine University Colleague Magazine has featured Dr. Johnson in several editions from 2008 until present.


Top 5 Articles 'A is for Accomplishment'

Diss. Simmons-Johnson, N.Pepperdine University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2012. 3516945.

Cell: 323.947.4838


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