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Everything you need to achieve your BIG goals this summer

without sacrificing your health or forsaking your family.

Summer Intensive: June 1 to July 1

Sessions are Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00 to 2:30 pm Eastern Time


ARE YOU HOLDING ON FOR SUMMER BREAK? you can finally get the rest you need and the space to focus on all those important projects languishing on your to-do list?


The lore of an expansive summer is strong among faculty.

The problem: There is always more work than time in academe, even in the summer.

What you learn each August, however, is that summer is never as long, leisurely, or generative as it seems in the spring.

That's the bad news. The good news?

It's not too late to ensure this summer goes better than last summer and the one before that and the one before that.


  • Getting to the finish line on your most important projects while still having time for rest and recuperation.
  • Taking actual time off without constant worry about what work didn't get done.
  • Finding a slower, more sustainable pace after the grind of these last two years.
  • Experiencing joy and connection (instead of frustration and isolation) while working.

What if this glorious summer were possible, even easy to attain?


A group coaching program made for overloaded faculty ready to bring more ease, progress, and peace to work (and life).

In Focus Fridays, you'll complete your high-priority tasks faster (and healthier) than ever

while learning exactly how to...

  • Kick imposter syndrome and perfectionism to the curb for good.
  • Develop achievable goals that set you up for success, not failure.
  • Harness your elusive focus so you can get started and keep going.
  • Set (and maintain) strong boundaries around your precious time.

And I know you're super busy. So, all you need to see ah-mazing results is show up to our weekly sessions with your work.

That's it.

Once there, I provide the proven structure +  guidance to help you get more done in less time with less stress.


No online courses to view. No extra meetings to attend. No FB group to keep up with.

Okay, I admit you do need to do the pre-session exercises. But they only take 10 minutes. I promise.

Best of all, you'll be part of an inclusive, compassionate community of scholars committed to finding healthy, sustainable ways to work in these challenging times.

The laughs, chair dancing, and spontaneous cheers to celebrate wins are Focus Fridays' secret sauce - what makes it a great space to get work done.

Focus Fridays not only provided tips and skills needed to overcome my internal barriers to doing work, the fun and supportive atmosphere also led me to enjoy working!

 Jen Honculada Martinez, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Here's what's inside:

You're going to LOVE these


Experience more progress and enjoyment than you ever thought possible. Every detail, from the timed work periods to the lively atmosphere, is scientifically designed to make it easy and fun for you to get your work done.


Because planning predicts progress, our first meeting is all about helping you map out an achievable summer plan with enough space for deep work, self-care, and connection.


Brief trainings offered in each Friday session that teach you science-backed strategies for increasing performance, maintaining focus, rebounding from setbacks, and designing a more fulfilling life.


Support to keep you from getting stuck and losing steam, including dedicated laser coaching time during each Wednesday session for more personalized guidance.

Plus these valuable resources...

  • FOCUS WORKBOOK ($50 value)
Chock full of tips, worksheets, and checklists to help you work smarter and get the absolute most out of the program. Delivered via instant download.
The perfect tool to help you get and stay organized while establishing those habits that support your health and happiness. Delivered via instant download.

Summer Intensive: June 1 to July 1

All sessions are 12:00 to 2:30 pm ET; Retreat is June 1

What previous participants report...

Improved goal setting

Improved goal achievement

Experienced a sense of community

Better address imposter syndrome and perfectionism

Overall Experience

Having tried lots of different writing accountability groups and programs, I have never fallen into such a quick, supportive writing rhythm with a community of scholars whose company I look forward to each Friday.

Stephanie Sadre-Orafai, PhD, Associate Professor

Positions of recent attendees...

Summer sessions are Wednesdays and Fridays, June 1 to July 1
[Retreat is Wednesday, June 1; all sessions are 12:00 to 2:30 pm ET]

  • Dedicated time to focus on your BIG goals.
  • Proven success formula.
  • Support that helps keep you on track.
  • Inclusive community of compassionate faculty.
  • Resources to help you kickstart (and maintain) your progress.

The powerful support system you need to achieve your BIG goals in healthy, sustainable ways.


The breakdown!

Step 1 - Prep

Before each session, complete the session preparation plan in your workbook which helps you choose the perfect goals and harness your elusive focus. Don't worry, I know you're busy so the entire process takes only 10 minutes.

Step 2 - Attend

This is the fun part. During our Focus Friday sessions, you get to pursue your goals in community with other amazing faculty while developing sustainable practices that bring success and joy to your work-life.

Step 3 - Achieve

Whether it's finishing that book proposal, completing that long overdue manuscript, or submitting that promotion portfolio to full, you will not believe all that you're able to accomplish in Focus Fridays.


  • 12:00 - 12:20   Mini-Workshop or Laser Coaching
  • 12:20 - 02:20   Work Time + Group Check-Ins
  • 02:20 - 02:30   Q&A/Wrap-Up

Meet Roxanne, your coach

Psychologist. Full Professor. WellAcademic Owner.

After 15+ years in the academy (and 10 as a faculty coach), I know all too well how difficult it can be to attend to both work and life during the summer, especially if you're

  • A caregiver.
  • A woman of color or other minoritized faculty.
  • In a toxic environment.

The result: A "break" where you feel forced to work way more than you want to the detriment of your health and relationships.

No judgment here. Trust me. I've been there and got the t-shirt.

That's why I poured all of my psychological training, research, and practice into the development of Focus Fridays - an inclusive workspace that offers the perfect combination of learning and doing.

Since 2020, this simple yet powerful program has helped 90+ faculty manifest summers (and semesters) of achievement, belonging, and well-being.

You don't need to go it alone.

Let's work together to transform your work-life for the better this summer.

Since I started Focus Fridays, I have been both more productive and more relaxed by relying on this time to ground me in a regular writing practice.

Adrianna M. Santos, PhD, Assistant Professor

I loved the energy of the sessions and it helped me focus each week in a way that felt supportive and fun.

Ching-In Chen, PhD, Assistant Professor

Focus Fridays is the most empowering, energizing, and rewarding professional development program that I know.

Miki Hirayama, PhD, Associate Professor 

The simultaneous gifts of focus and community are priceless!

Kate Corby, MFA, Professor  

Give me access to the Focus Fridays.

Frequently Asked Questions

Of course! Just click here to go to our invoice request page. Once you submit the form, an invoice will be sent within 15 minutes.

Please note that your registration is not complete until payment is delivered. 

I see you. And I understand the need for spaces where you can show up just as you are.

 Focus Fridays is that space. As in the general WellAcademic community, the majority of Focus Friday participants are women of color.

Also, I'm a woman of color (Black, Asian, & White) whose work centers positionality, power, and privilege, which is evident in my coaching and scholarship.

Focus Fridays are most applicable to faculty and post-docs.

That said, others who think they would benefit from the program are welcome.

Most complete scholarly writing projects (e.g., book proposals, grants, articles).

 Others use the time to complete important professional tasks, such as preparing a P&T portfolio or reviewing a student's dissertation.

Some participants have even worked on passion projects they didn't have time to focus on previously. For example, one participant completed a movie script and another developed a small business plan.

Absolutely! I know it's counterintuitive, but intense focus for short bursts with breaks in between - how Focus Fridays are set up - results in greater progress than long periods of distracted work.

Focus Fridays also has other factors shown to improve motivation and performance such as accountability, coaching, a fun atmosphere, and social support.

As a bonus, completing tasks you've had difficulty facing will raise your confidence and reduce any shame or guilt you've been carrying. 

I hear you. I'm a closet introvert, so I would never set something up that's awkward for folx like you and me.

That's why the check-ins are short, about 5 minutes, with just 3-4 participants. I also provide EXACTLY what you need to share.

This means there's no time to get nervous and no one is searching for conversation fillers. Phew!

They are not. What makes Focus Fridays special is that it's live. You can't replicate the real-time accountability and support in a recording. 

Access is important to me, which is why I offer a limited number of grants to WellAcademic community members who would benefit from the program but need help covering the cost.

These grants are on a first-come, first-served basis. Because I'm only able to offer a few and don't ask for proof of need, please don't seek a grant if you have the means to pay for the program without this assistance.

For more information, please email me at

Focus Fridays

Summer sessions are Wednesdays and Fridays, June 1 to July 1

[Retreat is Wednesday, June 1; all sessions are 12:00 to 2:30 pm ET]

  • Dedicated time to focus on your BIG goals.
  • Proven success formula.
  • Support that helps keep you on track.
  • Inclusive community of compassionate faculty.
  • Bonuses to help you kickstart (and maintain) your progress.

Need some peace of mind?

I know Focus Fridays will work for you. But if you're not 100% satisfied with the program, email me before the start of the third Focus Friday session for a full refund. No questions asked.

That gives you over three weeks to check out the program, experience the retreat + sessions, and connect with the community.

Still have Q's? Not sure you're a good fit?

I'm here for you. Just send me a message and let me know how I can help. I typically respond in one business day.