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Raising dollars to kick start Infamous Mothers 2.0 -- media, technology and programming for mothers on the edge.

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Project Description

Images from the Infamous Mothers experience: Infamous Mothers website (top image). Bottom row: coffee-table book, TEDx talk, Talk Back conference, sold-out Infamous Mothers play.

 

ABOUT INFAMOUS MOTHERS

The infamous Mothers concept was conceived as part of a PhD dissertation. Dr. Sagashus Levingston was studying literature, feminism, critical race theory and motherhood studies. In doing so, realized that across these fields, there were a shortage of narratives about women who had “gone through the belly of hell and brought something good back.”  So she paused her studies, “wrote the book she wanted to read,” and went back to complete her program. Somewhere between these two points, she went on a book tour, gave a TEDx talk, hosted a national conference, designed workshops, went on a speaking circuit and participated in the sold-out stage adaptation of the book.

Throughout her travels and experiences, she connected with hundreds—maybe even thousands—of women online and in person. These women told her their stories. They shared with her their private challenges around being both mothers and professionals. They talked about what it meant to raise children while also building their careers, creating their startups, completing school and staying-at-home.  Over time, she noticed a pattern. These women—regardless of race and class—identified the following seven pain points:

  • a lack of quality spaces that honor a woman’s role as both mother and professional
  • the pressure of having to “fake motherhood”
  • feelings of isolation
  • a shortage of personal and professional development opportunities that were designed with them in mind
  • feeling uninspired and unsupported
  • difficulty with managing self-care
  • constraints around resources that include these: time, money, space, energy and support

 

 

But they didn’t just tell her about the challenges they faced, they also talked about their ideal solutions:

  • a 24/7 online community
  • programming that helps them understand, design, implement and maintain a mothering model that considers both their heart and their ambitions
  • a consistent infusion of advice and inspiration
  • accountability and options for self-care
  • a space that centers and honors their experiences as experts on their mothering
  • flexibility
  • a world that sees and honors a woman’s dual responsibility of raising children and earning a living

In short, they wanted a platform for them and by them. And we wanted to honor their visions. The outcome of that effort has resulted in the creation of Infamous Mothers 2.0. In this new iteration of our company, we have created a digital campus and are owning our place in media production.

 

Infamous Mothers virtual campus

 

VIRTUAL CAMPUS

We created the Infamous Mothers virtual to serve a diverse body of needs--needs that could not be addressed via one platform only. Throughout our company's short life, women have told us that is important for them to have a learning platform that offers them courses and training, a communal space, a space to assemble around work and a space designed to help them honor their personal and professional growth goals. With all of these in mind, we created the IM Virtual Campus -- a digital campus made of four components:

  • Infamous Mothers website (flagship site)
  • Infamous Mothers University (education and learning hub)
  • IM Life (app — COMING SOON)
  • Third Space Virtual (virtual co-working space and headquarters)

Note: This campus is a combination of proprietary technology or tech owned by Infamous Mothers as well as tech powered by other companies.

 

IM Website

The Infamous Mothers website is the flagship of our campus. As the “face” of the brand, it is often the first point of contact between us and the public. It is where the public can have real-time encounters with our team via live chat as well as scheduled orientations and/or virtual tours.  It is where people will go to read blog content and listen to limited podcasts. On this site, we will offer our special edition virtual art displays, post our media kit, and share information about campus-wide events. Finally, it is the place people go to when they want to purchase any Infamous Mothers books, apparel and other products and services.

 

Infamous Mother University

Infamous Mothers University (IMU) is where clients go when they are looking for any classes, workshops and/or trainings from the Infamous Mothers brand. It is the hub for both live and pre-recorded content. It comes complete with a resource room; exclusive, university-wide social media with gamification; and an exclusive university blog. Sign up for classes now, as part of this crowdfunding campaign, and receive a special price. This option is ideal for women who are intentionally working to cultivate an authentic mothering practice, are interested in creating a mothering model that honors who they are both personally and professionally and interested in fulfilling their dreams even as they raise children and others to identify and own theirs.

 

IM Life (the app that’s COMING SOON)

While the Infamous Mothers website is the go-to place for people wanting to learn more about and access all things Infamous, IM Life is the hub that brings together all its members. It’s the gathering place for all our members, regardless of one’s subscription. It’s where we go for campus-wide challenges and bootcamps, networking, support/accountability and more.

Third Space Virtual is an interactive, digital co-working space. Just like a "real" space, you can knock on your neighbor's door to ask a question, hold meetings, share documents, invite speakers and so much more in this virtual space. Watch your avatar move with you!

Third Space Virtual

Third Space Virtual is our digital co-working space. It offers members 24/7 access, exclusive programming, a branded office and meeting space for clients, a writing center with well-trained instructors, and more.  This space is ideal for women who are solopreneurs, entrepreneurs, college students, stay-at-home moms. If you are a woman who identifies as a caretaker and a dreamer or who just needs a communal space to pursue your own private work, this option is for you.

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIPS

We are excited to be offering our first memberships, and we are inviting YOU to be one of our founding members. Some of our main priorities include taking an intersectional approach to building a diverse community of women, offering a robust and relevant catalogue of features, and providing high quality programming. For these reasons, we are proud to be introducing three distinct membership options:

 

OPTION 1: Lolita Program ($497/year)

The Lolita is a perfect introduction to Infamous Mothers culture.  It is the premier socializing and networking program for women who mother from the edge. Complete with several clubs, the most notable features of this program is its bustling community and weekly workshops. Each week, clubs will meet to explore member-generated topics and series. Together, we will identify both common and individual challenges around subjects ranging from mothering and finances to managing our mental health while caring for others. Choose this membership option if you are interested in increasing your networks, learning new strategies to grow at home and work, and be a part of a thriving community of women who are available around-the-clock. This program is ideal for stay-at-home moms, working moms, moms in school, and moms who are professionals that are interested in a lot of community and weekly, structured engagement.

 

OPTION 2: Jennifer Program ($997/year)

If you are looking for development opportunities to take your mothering practice to the next level, the Jennifer is for you. This membership program is designed for women who are interested in building a sustainable, authentic mothering practice that honors the lives you care for—including your own. Choose this option if you want to engage in rigorous work around creating a mothering practice that honors both your personal and professional life and doing the “impossible” while also owning your humanity as a woman and mother. Named after the woman in the Infamous Mothers coffee-table book who completed two degrees in the same week, the Jennifer is a plan that is steeped in classes, workshops designed to take you where you want to go. It is the signature program for those who want to spend time at Infamous Mothers University. This membership program is ideal for mothers and caretakers who are professionals, entrepreneurs, students and stay-at-home moms.

 

OPTION 3: Sagashus Program ($1997/year)

For those who are getting their grind on as solopreneurs, writers, founders of start-up companies, students, homeschoolers, and visionaries, join this membership plan. As the programming for Third Space Virtual, the Sagashus is all about professional development and building community around work—be it at home or in the public. With this programming, you can look forward to weekly mastermind calls, bootcamps/challenges, an amazing writing center with highly trained staff and so much more.

Note: All memberships will include the IM Life app, IM blog, IM Fit and IM podcasts, IM Inspiration and a newsletter exclusively for members.

These icons represent a sampling of the features that come with our three memberships options. They include (but are not limited to) live virtual fitness, online classes, professional development series, live chat, boot camps and challenges, weekly inspiration, mastermind calls, IM Life app and more. Note: Each membership comes with its own distinct features and offerings. Some overlap may apply.

 

10 to 1 IM INCLUDED SCHOLARSHIPS

Because we invested in creating a truly diverse and intersectional community, we are operating on a 10 to 1 scholarship model. For every 10 women who join a membership program, one will receive a scholarship for one year.

 

*Note: J.K. Rowling and Dawn Marie Dow are not currently included in our documentary lineup. They are examples of the kind of celebrity and expert mothers we'd like to interview.

INFAMOUS MOTHERS MEDIA

At Infamous Mothers, we believe that supporting the masses around the growth and support of innovative mothers is just as important as supporting the mother. For this reason, Infamous Mothers is invested in being an influencer of culture through media as well as education. We do this through creating quality content for social media, video production and book publications.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Because we want to control the narratives around our lives and identities, inspire other women and mothers and create a safe space to have the difficult conversations, explore topics that matter to our niche population, and create content that centers our expertise, we are raising dollars to help us do the following... 

  • create a quality podcast series
  • create a quality blog series
  • hire a part-time social media manager
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IM DOCUMENTARY

We are also excited to be raising dollars to create the first installment in the Infamous Mothers documentary series. In 2016, when we successfully raised dollars for the Infamous Mothers coffee-table book through crowdfunding, contributors and collaborators alike requested that we create an Infamous Mothers documentary. People wanted...

  • to hear stories told by the women featured in the book
  • to learn more from experts on motherhood studies
  • to understand more about motherhood as a site of oppression and resistance
  • to bring to the forefront discussions about the maternal wall
  • and to learn more about the founder of the IM brand

This initial piece intends to highlight all of the above and more.  It will be ideal for social work students, sociologists, feminist scholars, scholars of Afr0-American studies, people who study narrative, and for scholars of motherhood studies. In addition to these, this documentary is ideal for anyone who employs mothers, is interested in becoming a mother, has become a mother or has a mother. 

 

 

A sample of the companies currently collaborating with us on creating technology, media and programming for Infamous Mothers 2.0.

 

WHY CROWDFUNDING?

Why Crowdfunding? For us, the answer is very simple. We thrive on community. Community investment is important to us. It allows us to build a business model that is deeply rooted in accountability, feedback, and support from the people who matter most to our brand.

 

MEET THE IM 2.0 CONCEPT  & DESIGN TEAM

Meet the IM 2.0 concept and development team: Top, left to right: Sagshus Levingston (Founder/CEO), Tanisha Lynn Pyron (Brand Ambassador and Social Media Director), Chris Charles (Creative Visual Director and Producer of the IM Documentary). Bottom, left to right: Ronald Dews (Director Marketing and IT), Sharon Beauregard (Director of Curriculum Design) and Bria Brown (Producer of Video Content for IM Programming).

 

 

 

Updates

The Project FAQs

Q. What makes Infamous Mothers, LLC different from companies doing similar work?

A. While the rest of the world focuses on children, we focus on mothers. We put them at the center of mothering.

Q. Why an Infamous Mothers app?

A. Our clients asked for one. And we trust them. That's the simple answer. Beyond that, some of the goals we set out to accomplish couldn't be met with technology we had available to us. So we had to create our own. 

Q. There are organizations in Madison, WI doing awesome work that focuses on black women. Where does Infamous Mothers fit in with those efforts?

A. As it pertains to Madison, there is great work happening. Our aim is to complement that work by offering a digital, 24/7 solution that can be paired with the work happening inside of brick and mortar locations. Also, while we are a company that intentionally includes black women's voices at the center of our work, we are also a company invested in closing gaps and building bridges for women (especially mothers) of all races, classes and ethnicities to connect. For that reason, we are building a diverse community. That is another thing that sets us apart.

 

 

08/27/2019
IM Life App Membership
$100
Heather Daniels
08/19/2019
Monetary Contribution
$63
Dr. Martha Stacker
08/17/2019
IM 2.0 Exclusive Club Membership
$25
08/16/2019
IM Life App Membership
$100
Anne Wheeler
08/16/2019
IM 2.0 Exclusive Club Membership
$25
Sara Alvarado
08/16/2019
IM Life App Membership
$100
08/16/2019
Monetary Contribution
$100
Kerry
08/15/2019
Monetary Contribution
$250
Sinead McHugh
08/14/2019
IM Life App Membership
$100
Mischa McDonald-Lynch
08/14/2019
Monetary Contribution
$100
$25,000
Executive Producer Credit

Choose this reward and have your name or your organization's name featured in the end credits as an Executive Producer of the upcoming documentary. Also, receive 8 tickets to an exclusive screening of the film, access to a private chat group that will allow you to stay up-to-date with the production of the documentary as well as give feedback. You will also have the option to be interviewed for the behind-the-scenes footage. 

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$20,000
IM Corporate (FOUNDING MEMBER)

Choose IM Corporate and receive a $15,000 discount (reg. price $35,000) along with bringing benefits to your company that can be enjoyed by all women, from clients to directors (for up to 100 women total). Our programming is designed to...

  • help women create a model that honors both their mothering and professional practices 
  • build confidence
  • strengthen coping strategies
  • stay inspired
  • build a network of women who understand
  • help build a company culture that reinforces the value of women and mothers in your workplace
  • and so much more!

As a FOUNDING MEMBER, you have the added benefit of being a co-designer of our program. Features will include (but not be limited to)...

  • Make Room (our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion series around women and mothers in the workplace)
  • IM Professional (an online professional development series for the women and mothers hired by your organization)
  • Coaching/mentoring program for up to seven members per cohort (4 cohorts/year)

Please note that all memberships include Infamous Mothers Blog, Podcast, Live Chat, IM Life App, Orientation and Calendar Events 

 

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$15,000
IM Academic (FOUNDING MEMBER)

Choose IM Academic and receive a $5,000 (reg. $20,000) discount along with bringing benefits to your institution that can be enjoyed by all women, from student to faculty and staff (for up to 200 women total). OR sponsor an institution of your choice. Our programming is designed to...

  • help women create a model that honors both their mothering and professional practices 
  • build confidence
  • strengthen coping strategies
  • stay inspired
  • build a network of women who understand
  • a company culture that helps reinforce the value of women and mothers in your workplace
  • and so much more!

As a FOUNDING MEMBER, you have the added benefit of being a co-designer of our program. Features will include (but not be limited to)...

  • Make Room (our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion series around women and mothers in the workplace)
  • IM Professional (an online professional development series for the women and mothers staffed by and/or teaching at your institution)
  • An online series for your students who are also mothers

Please note that all memberships include Infamous Mothers Blog, Podcast, Live Chat, IM Life App, Orientation and Calendar Events 

Note:

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IM Nonprofit (FOUNDING MEMBER)

Choose IM Nonprofit and receive a $5,000 discount (reg. price $15,000) along with bringing benefits to your company that can be enjoyed by all women, from clients to directors (for up to 75 women total). OR sponsor an organization of your choice! Our programming is designed to...

  • help women create a model that honors both their mothering and professional practices 
  • build confidence
  • strengthen coping strategies
  • stay inspired
  • build a network of women who understand
  • and so much more!

As a FOUNDING MEMBER, you have the added benefit of being a co-designer of our program. Features will include (but not be limited to)...

  • Make Room (our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion series around women and mothers in the workplace)
  • IM Professional (an online professional development series for the women and mothers hired by your organization)
  • A hybrid online/in-person series for the women accepted into your residential program
  • One-year gap programming for your residents after they leave your organization

Please note that all memberships include Infamous Mothers Blog, Podcast, Live Chat, IM Life App, Orientation and Calendar Events 

Note: For smaller nonprofits, a one-year coaching plan is available with this plan.

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$1,997
The Sagashus Program
  • Infamous Mothers Inspire 
  • Brown Bag Discussions 
  • Mastermind Calls
  • Complete Podcasts 
  • IM Life App 
  • Infamous Mothers Fit 
  • Professional Development Series 
  • Bootcamp/Challenges  
  • Virtual co-working Space 
  • Writing Center

Please note that all memberships include Infamous Mothers Blog, Podcast, Live Chat, IM Life App, Orientation and Calendar Events 

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$997
The Jennifer Program
  • IM Inspire 
  • IM-University Live Chat 
  • Complete Podcasts 
  • Full access IM App
  • Resource Room 
  • Guest Speakers Series 
  • Signature Series
  • Core Series  
  • Infamous Mothers Fit 

Please note that all memberships include Infamous Mothers Blog, Podcast, Live Chat, IM Life App, Orientation and Calendar Events 

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$497
The Lolita Program
  • IM Inspire 
  • Conversation Series 
  • Weekly Workshops 
  • Full access IM App 
  • Complete Podcasts
  • Bootcamp/Challenges 

Please note that all memberships include Infamous Mothers Blog, Podcast, Live Chat, IM Life App, Orientation and Calendar Events 

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$297
The Documentary Experience

With this reward option, receive two (2) tickets to an exclusive screening of the Infamous Mothers documentary. In a private chat, share your feedback about what you'd like for the documentary to include and stay up-to-date on the making of the film. Your name will be included in the "special thanks" section of the documentary's credits.

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IM Life App Membership

IM Life is not just an app. It is a community, mentoring hub, fitness studio, accountability system and so much more. It is THE APP that makes all the difference, and it is only available to members of our individual or organizational plans. Only on iFundWomen are we offering it as a stand-alone option. Choose this reward, and receive a one-year subscription that will include the following:

  • a personal assessment quiz that helps you gain clarity about your personal and professional goals
  • access to a "house" or team of like-minded women 
  • live boot camps/challenges
  • gamification that rewards you accomplishing your goals
  • a team of mentors
  • live chat
  • IM Fit (our fitness studio that includes--but isn't limited to--live and recorded fitness programming)
  • and so much more!
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$25
IM 2.0 Exclusive Club Membership

Choose this option and become a member of our exclusive IM 2.0 private club. As a member of this list, you will enjoy updates about all things 2.0 and receive exclusive club-only offers.

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Rewards

$25,000
Executive Producer Credit

Choose this reward and have your name or your organization's name featured in the end credits as an Executive Producer of the upcoming documentary. Also, receive 8 tickets to an exclusive screening of the film, access to a private chat group that will allow you to stay up-to-date with the production of the documentary as well as give feedback. You will also have the option to be interviewed for the behind-the-scenes footage. 

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$20,000
IM Corporate (FOUNDING MEMBER)

Choose IM Corporate and receive a $15,000 discount (reg. price $35,000) along with bringing benefits to your company that can be enjoyed by all women, from clients to directors (for up to 100 women total). Our programming is designed to...

  • help women create a model that honors both their mothering and professional practices 
  • build confidence
  • strengthen coping strategies
  • stay inspired
  • build a network of women who understand
  • help build a company culture that reinforces the value of women and mothers in your workplace
  • and so much more!

As a FOUNDING MEMBER, you have the added benefit of being a co-designer of our program. Features will include (but not be limited to)...

  • Make Room (our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion series around women and mothers in the workplace)
  • IM Professional (an online professional development series for the women and mothers hired by your organization)
  • Coaching/mentoring program for up to seven members per cohort (4 cohorts/year)

Please note that all memberships include Infamous Mothers Blog, Podcast, Live Chat, IM Life App, Orientation and Calendar Events 

 

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$15,000
IM Academic (FOUNDING MEMBER)

Choose IM Academic and receive a $5,000 (reg. $20,000) discount along with bringing benefits to your institution that can be enjoyed by all women, from student to faculty and staff (for up to 200 women total). OR sponsor an institution of your choice. Our programming is designed to...

  • help women create a model that honors both their mothering and professional practices 
  • build confidence
  • strengthen coping strategies
  • stay inspired
  • build a network of women who understand
  • a company culture that helps reinforce the value of women and mothers in your workplace
  • and so much more!

As a FOUNDING MEMBER, you have the added benefit of being a co-designer of our program. Features will include (but not be limited to)...

  • Make Room (our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion series around women and mothers in the workplace)
  • IM Professional (an online professional development series for the women and mothers staffed by and/or teaching at your institution)
  • An online series for your students who are also mothers

Please note that all memberships include Infamous Mothers Blog, Podcast, Live Chat, IM Life App, Orientation and Calendar Events 

Note:

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$10,000
IM Nonprofit (FOUNDING MEMBER)

Choose IM Nonprofit and receive a $5,000 discount (reg. price $15,000) along with bringing benefits to your company that can be enjoyed by all women, from clients to directors (for up to 75 women total). OR sponsor an organization of your choice! Our programming is designed to...

  • help women create a model that honors both their mothering and professional practices 
  • build confidence
  • strengthen coping strategies
  • stay inspired
  • build a network of women who understand
  • and so much more!

As a FOUNDING MEMBER, you have the added benefit of being a co-designer of our program. Features will include (but not be limited to)...

  • Make Room (our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion series around women and mothers in the workplace)
  • IM Professional (an online professional development series for the women and mothers hired by your organization)
  • A hybrid online/in-person series for the women accepted into your residential program
  • One-year gap programming for your residents after they leave your organization

Please note that all memberships include Infamous Mothers Blog, Podcast, Live Chat, IM Life App, Orientation and Calendar Events 

Note: For smaller nonprofits, a one-year coaching plan is available with this plan.

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$1,997
The Sagashus Program
  • Infamous Mothers Inspire 
  • Brown Bag Discussions 
  • Mastermind Calls
  • Complete Podcasts 
  • IM Life App 
  • Infamous Mothers Fit 
  • Professional Development Series 
  • Bootcamp/Challenges  
  • Virtual co-working Space 
  • Writing Center

Please note that all memberships include Infamous Mothers Blog, Podcast, Live Chat, IM Life App, Orientation and Calendar Events 

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$997
The Jennifer Program
  • IM Inspire 
  • IM-University Live Chat 
  • Complete Podcasts 
  • Full access IM App
  • Resource Room 
  • Guest Speakers Series 
  • Signature Series
  • Core Series  
  • Infamous Mothers Fit 

Please note that all memberships include Infamous Mothers Blog, Podcast, Live Chat, IM Life App, Orientation and Calendar Events 

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$497
The Lolita Program
  • IM Inspire 
  • Conversation Series 
  • Weekly Workshops 
  • Full access IM App 
  • Complete Podcasts
  • Bootcamp/Challenges 

Please note that all memberships include Infamous Mothers Blog, Podcast, Live Chat, IM Life App, Orientation and Calendar Events 

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$297
The Documentary Experience

With this reward option, receive two (2) tickets to an exclusive screening of the Infamous Mothers documentary. In a private chat, share your feedback about what you'd like for the documentary to include and stay up-to-date on the making of the film. Your name will be included in the "special thanks" section of the documentary's credits.

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$100
IM Life App Membership

IM Life is not just an app. It is a community, mentoring hub, fitness studio, accountability system and so much more. It is THE APP that makes all the difference, and it is only available to members of our individual or organizational plans. Only on iFundWomen are we offering it as a stand-alone option. Choose this reward, and receive a one-year subscription that will include the following:

  • a personal assessment quiz that helps you gain clarity about your personal and professional goals
  • access to a "house" or team of like-minded women 
  • live boot camps/challenges
  • gamification that rewards you accomplishing your goals
  • a team of mentors
  • live chat
  • IM Fit (our fitness studio that includes--but isn't limited to--live and recorded fitness programming)
  • and so much more!
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$25
IM 2.0 Exclusive Club Membership

Choose this option and become a member of our exclusive IM 2.0 private club. As a member of this list, you will enjoy updates about all things 2.0 and receive exclusive club-only offers.

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