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Elite Retreat

To become exceptional, you need to be trained by the exceptional.
8th to 12th August 2022

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A unique opportunity to immerse yourself in your own development, connect with your peers and learn from three of the best industry trainers in the world.

Join us in Jávea in Spain this August for 5 days of bespoke one-to-one training with:

  • Ann Hiatt
  • Vickie Sokol Evans
  • Lucy Brazier OBE

You can be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime exclusive training event with everything you need to perform at the highest level, for just €7999 including accommodation & food. (& best of all – it’s all provided in a beautiful setting!)

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Take a seat at the table and learn from the best.

The role of Chief of Staff is becoming more prevalent in companies all across the world, but how do you enhance your skills and change your mindset to step into the role and support at the highest level? 

In this first of its kind, bespoke training opportunity, join Ann Hiatt, the former Executive Business Partner to Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon) and Chief-of-Staff to Eric Schmidt (CEO and Executive Chairman at Google/Alphabet), Vickie Sokol Evans, the world’s leading technology trainer and Lucy Brazier OBE, one of the world’s leading authorities of the administrative profession for a 5-day intensive training and mentorship programme aimed at EAs supporting at the highest level wanting to move to a Chief of Staff or Head of Business Support role. 

Places are limited to 8 and subject to an application process. Each course will be tailored to the needs of the participants. 

Elite Retreat is different!

Every 5-day retreat is unique and will be created specifically for the attendees based on their needs.

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Meet your trainers

Ann Hiatt

Ann Hiatt is a best-selling author, executive consultant, speaker, and investor. She is a Silicon Valley veteran with 15 years of experience as the right hand to Jeff Bezos (former CEO and Founder of Amazon), Marissa Mayer (former CEO, Yahoo!), and Eric Schmidt (former CEO and Executive Chairman at Google/Alphabet).

Ann Hiatt was the first-ever Chief of Staff at Google. She created the job description, ladder and deliverables which are now the gold standard in Silicon Valley and beyond.

Ann relocated from Silicon Valley to Europe in 2018 and consults with CEOs and their leadership teams across the globe on c-suite optimization through leadership retreats and training. She is also a sought-after public speaker and has been on hundreds of stages across 5 continents.

She has published articles in publications such as Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and CNBC. She has also contributed to articles in The New York Times, Economic Times, The Financial Times, and Forbes. Her first book, Bet On Yourself, was published by HarperCollins in 2021 which became an immediate Amazon bestseller.


Vickie Sokol Evans

Ready for some jaw-dropping training? Well, hold on because that’s what you’ll get in a session with Vickie Sokol Evans. Her life-changing courses and certification study groups have compelled attendees to

·        Tell Vickie to, “Get Out!” and “Shut up!” (Jokingly)

·        Garner marriage proposals, “Will you marry me?”

·        Change career trajectories, “I have four job offers to pick from!”

Who knew teaching the world’s smartest people how to use their technology better could be so life-changing? Vickie, author of the bestselling “100 Tips” series for both PC & Mac.

Vickie is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, specializing in Microsoft productivity platform for both PC and Mac. But more importantly, she can uplevel you to become certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist.

She’s witty, sharp, pointed and knows how to get the most from technology and teach it to you and your team. Vickie learned how to do it well by traveling the globe as a sought-after international speaker delivering live, inspired keynote presentations to major brands including Microsoft, The Gates Foundation, Stanford University, The New York Times, Starbucks, American Airlines, Accenture, UK’s Parliament, and most notably, Bill Gates’s Team among a host of others.

Teaching teams tricks to turn what usually takes hours into solutions that takes minutes, means there’s an immediate ROI after each session. It’s no wonder 98% of audiences want her back.

You’re just one step away from working more effectively and executing flawlessly, you just need to learn how to use the technology at our fingertips to its full potential, and Vickie (@RedCape) can help.

Lucy Brazier OBE

Lucy Brazier, OBE is one of the world’s leading authorities on the administrative profession. 

As CEO of Marcham Publishing, specialist publishers of Executive Support Magazine, a global training magazine dedicated to the professional development needs of senior and aspiring administrative professionals, Lucy is passionate about ensuring the Assistant role is truly recognised as a career and not just a job. 

Her formidable training expertise and speaking style have given her opportunities to train, present and emcee events in more than 50 countries at over 450 events.

Lucy has access to the most forward-thinking, passionate and knowledgeable trainers and administrative business leaders in the world, as well as personally meeting and speaking to literally thousands of Assistants for more than a decade, and her knowledge of the market and what Assistants all over the world are facing on a day-to-day basis is second to none.

In 2021, Lucy was awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to office professionals. She has also received an Honorary Fellowship to the Institute of Administrative Management – one of the oldest management institutes in the world, having inspired professional business managers and administrators since 1915 – in recognition of her work to drive the profession forward.

Only 3 places remaining for 2022.

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Stay in a fully equipped 5* Villa

Your accommodation for the retreat is one of the most incredible villas we have had the pleasure to stay in. A Mediterranean dream home equipped for modern living while maintaining an authentic aesthetic.

The accommodation is perfect for learning as a group but has a variety of spaces for reflecting and one-to-one sessions too. Ideal for your 5 day training retreat.

A 5* villa for 5* training, for more information please feel free to contact sdouglas@executivesupportmedia.com

About Jávea

Jávea, or Xàbia as it is known locally, is located in the Comunidad Valenciana area of Spain; with the closest airports just 1 hour away in either Alicante or Valencia.

Located on the easternmost tip of the Spanish mainland, Jávea is a place to see at least once in your lifetime.

We are happy to provide any further information you may need, please feel free to contact Sophie Douglas directly at sdouglas@executivesupportmedia.com


We only have a few spaces remaining, therefore please get in touch as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Contact us today for more information or simply fill out our application form here to request your space.

*all prices include one-to-one bespoke training & mentorship, accommodation & food.

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