Annual Summer Gathering
June 4th evening to June 9th afternoon, 2017
Boston, Massachusetts

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NEXT PRACTICE INSTITUTE

The Next Practice Institute (NPI) of Mobius Executive Leadership sponsors transformational training programs for our practitioners, partners, and clients. These programs operate at the nexus of “best practice” in such areas as organizational development, culture change, and adaptive leadership, and “next practice” in neuroscience, somatics, energy work, music, yoga, and other expressive/devotional arts.

Together we are creating a global community of practice devoted to the craft of transforming people into stronger leaders and building a better world for everyone.

Each summer we conduct a week-long professional development immersion outside of Boston. The Summer Gathering brings together practitioners (including coaches, mediators, interventionists, and facilitators), business leaders, human resources and organizational development professionals, strategy and search consultants.

We come together for renewal, learning, inspiration, and practice.

The Summer Gathering is supplemented throughout the year with workshops and an active practitioner portal to which we all contribute.

SUMMER GATHERING | PROGRAM TRACKS

Participants in the 2017 Summer Gathering can select from one of four tracks for the week.
Each track will be limited to approximately 25 group members.
When registering, please select both a first and a second choice, and we will make every effort to accommodate your selection.

Track One
with Erica Ariel Fox

The Heroic Journey as a Master Architecture to Foster Transformation

Adapted from Joseph Campbell’s classic into the Winning from Within methodology, this is a deep dive into the power and mysteries of journeywork. First, we’ll explore how to use the gems of myth to liberate ourselves from limiting patterns. We’ll then examine how we can follow a Master Architecture to help people who seek transformational development. This track is led by Erica Ariel Fox, bestselling author and a leading authority on integrating Action Science and mythology into leadership development.

When you watch or participate in on-the-spot transformation, it can feel like magic. You’re sitting in a workshop, or leading a group, or meeting with your team. Then suddenly – boom! A person changes before your eyes. What just happened? How did it happen? Where did that come from? Even for advanced leadership practitioners, there is a level of mystery when an alchemical impulse arrives and supports a major shift in someone’s life. At the same time, there are methods to the madness. In this track, you’ll “look behind the curtain” to understand some underlying principles and practices that guide this type of experience. You’ll see how “instant breakthroughs” tend to follow an arc — with a start, a middle, and an end.

We’ll use the environment of our group as the backdrop, and the current challenges you bring as the raw materials. You’ll see a set of interventions that facilitate profound transformation, and then have time to practice them yourself. Over the course of the session, you’ll gain insights and skills as the learner, the facilitator of change, and as “the client”.

This track is designed for people who work with groups. The methodology we’re exploring draws on the energies and archetypes represented in a group of people. If your main interest is to deepen your capability as a coach in one-on-one work with your clients, you may want to consider one of the alternate tracks. This track is aimed at a range of people who:

  • Are curious to understand more about the inner realm, as it relates to themselves and to developing other people.
  • Want to bring more depth to the way they lead, consult or coach.
  • Sense that they see or feel “something more” when they work with individuals or groups, but can’t quite name what that is.
  • Want new tools and practices to use with clients, to foster transitions and even transformations in development.
  • Are interested in how symbols, archetypes and myths can support deep and sustainable development in your clients.
  • Are ready to delve into the imagination as a gateway to new possibility.

I have learned more about facilitation from Erica than anyone else in my career. With Erica, you get it all: deep intellectual force meets emotional intelligence meets spiritual awareness. Working with a roomful of people, she facilitates positive transformation. It’s very personal. People step into their own best selves – and having done that, it’s impossible to go back. I remember at the end of one workshop, she said: ‘Some of you are worried that this might not last. It will, that’s the nature of transformation.’ ” Kirstan Marnane, Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Co; Faculty, Meyler Campbell Mastercoach Program

Erica Ariel Fox is the Co-founder and President of Mobius Executive Leadership and Lecturer on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. An internationally-recognized master leadership expert, she is the author of the New York Times bestseller Winning from Within: A Breakthrough Method for Leading, Living, and Lasting Change. She combines the intellectual rigor from two decades of teaching at Harvard Law School with the perception of a finely-attuned Intuitive. She is a LinkedIn Influencer and an advisor and teacher for CEOs and other executives around the world. Erica lives with her husband and her step-son outside of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, as well as outside of Boston, Massachusetts. 

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Track Two
with Robert Gass

Art of Transformational Consulting

Robert Gass is one of the pioneers in developing the field of organizational transformation. His powerful Wheel of Change methodology is unique in its seamless integration of deep individual transformation with culture change and the transformation of organizational structures and processes.  Come learn powerful new tools and processes, present your actual client work for feedback, and experience breakthroughs in your competency and personal power as an instrument of transformation.

This is a rare opportunity to study with one of the true masters of organizational transformation. Robert works at the highest levels in organizations, ranging from top global corporations to legacy NGOs to senior leaders and teams in the Obama Administration. This intensive training process will help you achieve real breakthroughs to your next level of development as a practitioner of organizational change and team intervention. In order to intervene more effectively and with more precision in the organization’s visible and invisible systems, we will also explore how to view and diagnose organizations as energy systems.  You will complete this track more empowered and more skillful in delivering the greatest possible results to leaders and their organizations. Be prepared to:

  • Be guided in profound personal learning to develop your competency and personal power as an instrument of transformation.
  • Engage in the rich learning of presenting your work to professional colleagues for feedback and deep reflection.
  • Learn new tools and processes to support and amplify your client work, including receiving a 50-item toolkit, full of assessments and tools for facilitation, organizational transformation, personal mastery and client engagement.

Comments from practitioners who have had the opportunity to work with Robert:   

  • “Robert’s training was by far the most substantive and thought-provoking week of my professional development since opening my firm 14 years ago.”  Michael Bell, President, InPartnership Consulting
  • “A brilliant introduction to a coherent framework for durable, transformative change, delivered by the best trainer I have ever experienced anywhere, anytime. Quite simply, the best investment in myself as a professional I have ever made.”  Julian Griggs, Principal, Dovetail Consulting
  • “No earlier professional development experience I’ve undertaken came close to matching the experience with Robert Gass.  Beyond the profound content was the transparency and depth of soul that Robert modeled for us. If the only thing I do for the remainder of my years as a practitioner is work to build upon the learnings of the past week, I will consider my practice a success.” Maria Ramos-Chertok, independent consultant/mediator

For over 30 years, Robert Gass, Ed.D, a Mobius Senior Expert, has been known for pioneering work in leadership development and organizational transformation. Holding a doctorate in Organizational Psychology from Harvard, Robert’s work synthesizes a diverse background in social change, humanistic psychology, organizational behavior, the arts and spirituality. He is the former President of ARC International, a global consulting company specializing in transformational change with corporations such as The Gap, Chase Bank, Textron, Progressive Insurance and General Motors. Robert has served for many years as an executive coach to well-known business, non-profit, spiritual and political leaders.   

In the social change sector, Robert is co-founder of the Rockwood Leadership Institute, designer of their curriculum, and has trained more than a thousand social justice, environmental and human rights leaders. He has coached the top leaders and/or facilitated organizational transformations at organizations such as Greenpeace International, the NAACP, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Sierra Club, the National Congress of American Indians, MoveOn.org, United Auto Workers (UAW), and Amnesty International. In the political arena, Robert has coached heads of the Obama and Clinton presidential campaigns and provided executive coaching and team building with top leaders in the Obama Administration.

Robert and his wife and life partner of 45 years, Judith Ansara, have for many years led retreats for committed couples. He is also a well-known recording artist and performing musician specializing in sacred chant.

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Track Three
with Jennifer Cohen

Advanced Coaching and Somatics Training

Jennifer, certified a Master Coach by the Strozzi Institute, will dive into the latest from neuroscience and somatics to support you in gaining a grounded understanding of what makes working with and through the body so powerful in effecting long-lasting and sustainable change. This track will offer a heightened sense of leadership presence, embodiment and inspiration for your own leadership journey as well as extend and deepen your coaching skills. Be ready to use yourself and your habits as an access to your learning.

Jennifer is a member of the Mobius Transformational Leadership Faculty and a founding member of its Global Coaching Practice. She is also the founder of Seven Stone Leadership Group, a consulting consortium, where she teaches a unique model of leadership development and is pioneering work in moving organizations and individuals to a partnership model of living and leading. Jennifer’s fresh approach is informed by communication theories ranging from quantum physics and philosophy to neuroscience and somatics. This is a rare opportunity to study with a Master Coach from the Strozzi Institute.

The aim of this track is to immerse participants in somatic disciplines in order to facilitate real breakthroughs to your next level of development as a coach and change facilitator. You will walk away from this track with a renewed commitment to your own practices and coaching presence and learn how to “bring your whole instrument” to bear in creating a field in which clients shift. Specifically, we will:

  • Examine how the human structure actually shapes our behaviour and why this is of great influence when we coach clients and in how our clients lead others.  
  • Observe and sense our client’s bodies in coaching sessions (working in groups of three, rotating our participation as observer, client, and coach).
  • Deepen our understanding of how to cultivate presence, attunement to our own experiences and how to bring this intentionality to deepen work with our clients.
  • Pay particular attention to the nature of the limbic system in developmental work.
  • Learn how to incorporate the cognitive, emotional and somatic dimensions of helping the client loosen habitual response patterns, opening new possibilities for both being and action.
  • Examine how to integrate and sustain learning and development for ourselves and our clients.

Executive Coaches who have trained with Jennifer have commented:

  • “Since the immersion in your Somatics track I’ve been slowly, steadily processing, reflecting and practicing small but significant shifts in ways I work with clients individually and in groups.  I’ve definitely experienced another level of being present, listening, meeting what/who is in the room with softer energy.  I’ve also enjoyed exploring some new language and framing around Presence. Eternal thanks to you for all the gifts you gave, for your unforgettable humour and eloquent way of framing each new step we took.” Diana Theodores, Snr Consultant in Presence, international performance coach, 2016 NPI Participant
  • “An accomplished facilitator and coach, Jen creates an extraordinary learning environment where people feel both safe and curious and therefore open to extraordinary learning and discovery. Jen’s coaching style is both sympathetic and compassionate as well as practical and direct – a fabulous combination” Betsy Cole
  • “Jen Cohen is the most skilled and loving coach I have ever worked with. Partnering with Jen through a complex period with of both personal and professional transition, she helped me turn potential turmoil into a fertile bed of opportunity.” Kim Marshall, InnerCompass Leadership

Jennifer Cohen is a leadership and organizational coach and consultant who brings Mobius over 25 years in the field coaching individuals and groups. Her corporate clients include Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Boston Consulting Group, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Jennifer is also the founder of Seven Stone Leadership Group. Jennifer is certified as a Master Somatic Coach by the Strozzi Institute for Learning and Mastery where she studied for more than a decade. She is the author of the chapter “From Surviving to Thriving” in the book Being Human at Work, edited by Richard Strozzi Heckler and is working on a book called The Seven Laws Of Enough for Parallax Press due out in spring of 2018. She has a master’s degree in Applied Psychology with an emphasis on systems theory from the Antioch New England Graduate School. She did her undergraduate work in philosophy at Oberlin and Barnard. She is married and has a daughter.

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Track Four
with Alexander Caillet

Team Coaching

Team coaching is the challenging and enlivening practice of working with a team in real time, on real work, to achieve real, measurable results. Alexander Caillet’s pioneering approach is grounded in over 20 years of experience with hundreds of teams in more than 30 countries. Practitioners who take this track will get hands-on experience with this powerful discipline, utilizing time-tested frameworks, tools, and methods for assessing and improving team performance.

 In many organizations throughout the world, performance is driven increasingly by teams. What does it take to develop and maintain effective teaming? Assembling a group of strong individual contributors is no guarantee that the team as a whole will be strong. Research confirms what our long experience with teams has suggested—that most teams’ results lag behind their potential.

Team coaching takes place with a team engaged in real work, in real time, to produce real results. Instead of using role plays, games, or simulations, coaching occurs during actual work sessions. Training and facilitated segments are brief and focus only on essential tools or skills that the team can apply right away.

The process of transformation requires that teams observe their habitual ways of interacting, try out new tools and behaviors, and take action to ensure that positive changes get sustained over time. All of these activities are far more effective and efficient within real work environments, as opposed to artificial contexts that remove the team from the daily realities of organizational life. After coaching engagements, teams walk away with both real work accomplishments and enhanced capabilities for productive teamwork going forward.

In this track you will learn the foundations of team coaching and gain tools and skills you can apply right away: 

  •  Team Theory & Concepts including: recognizing five distinct modes of group interaction, applying the Team Wheel framework encompassing the essential elements of a real team, understanding the six stages of development that affect a team’s needs, capabilities, and challenges.

  • Team Coaching Capabilities: recognizing the mindset, demeanor, and behaviors that differentiate team coaching from team consulting, facilitation, and training; sensing, using both intuitive and structured methodologies to gather data on team behaviors; making moves, seeing the impact of real-time team interventions as both coach and coachee.  

  • Practitioner Toolkit: including State of Mind & Team Coherence (powerful research-based methods for assessing and shifting a team’s mindset and overall way of being); practice using the O-P-N (outcomes-pattern-norms) framework to guide your sensing and coaching moves; sociogramming/sensing grids, using structured templates to gather data on team behaviors and group dynamics.

Comments from participants at previous team coaching training courses:

  • “Alexander’s passion for his work not only yields extraordinary results; it creates an infectious positive energy. Our collaborative experience transcended consultative coaching to the point where he will always be an honorary member of the Triangle family!” Dax Strohmeyer – President, Triangle Manufacturing Inc.
  • “I’m still in awe at what transpired during these last few days. Thank you for your immense giving spirit.” Alberto Navarro – Certificate Course: Transforming Team Performance
  • “So full of wisdom, extraordinary tools, and powerful energy. Your own long work with teams is unparalleled by anyone in our field, and your enthusiasm for it and experience with it is inspirational.” Kirsten Olson – Certificate Course: Transforming Team Performance

 

 

Alexander Caillet is an organizational psychologist, consultant, and coach. Known internationally for his pioneering approach to team coaching, his work has spanned more than 30 countries. In addition to his work with individuals and teams, his extensive background in management consulting includes organizational redesign and restructurings, post-merger integrations, functional shared services, continuous improvement programs, business turnarounds, team-based structures, change leadership programs, and culture change initiatives. Alexander is an Adjunct Professor on the faculty of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Certificate program, a guest lecturer at the American University, and a frequent international speaker on the subjects of change, teams, coaching, and leadership. He received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a M.A. in Organization Psychology from Columbia University. He lives in Boston with his wife Janice and his daughters Chloé, Léanna, and Alexia.

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KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS

We welcome five distinguished guest speakers to inspire us and advance our learning. Throughout the week we will enjoy presentations by thought leaders and pioneering voices in the field of transformational leadership.

MONDAY

Bob Anderson

Evolution of Senior Leaders

Bob Anderson is the creator of the cutting edge assessment The Leadership Circle Profile. He serves as faculty for the Executive Education Center at the University of Notre Dame, he is also the co-author of Mastering Leadership: An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results.

MONDAY EVENING

David Whyte

The Foundations of Conversational Leadership

David Whyte is an internationally acclaimed poet, author and speaker. An Associate Fellow of Said Business School at the University of Oxford, he is widely recognized for his compelling talks and groundbreaking work on Conversational Leadership.

TUESDAY

Linda Hill

Leading Innovation

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and co-author of Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation. She is the faculty chair of the Leadership Initiative and has chaired numerous HBS Executive Education programs, including the Young Presidents’ Organization Presidents’ Seminar and the High Potentials Leadership Program.

THURSDAY

Tony Schwartz

The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working

Tony Schwartz, CEO and founder of The Energy Project, helps companies build more human and sustainable high performance cultures. He co-authored the international bestseller The Power of Full Engagement. Most recently he wrote The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, which has also gone on to be a NYT and WSJ bestseller.

FRIDAY

Sander Tideman

Societal Leadership in Business

Sander Tideman is an expert in leadership development and sustainable business. He is M.D. of Mind & Life Europe, Senior Researcher at Rotterdam School of Management and co-founder of Flow Foundation & Impact Fund. He is the author of the recent book, Business as an Instrument for Societal Change: In Conversation with the Dalai Lama.

MORNING NPI FOCUS SESSIONS

8:15-9:00am | Supplementing the track learning, this year we have added morning focus sessions from emerging voices in the field of personal, organizational, and societal transformation.

TUESDAY

Dr. Richard Schwartz

Working With Trauma

Dr. Richard Schwartz developed the Internal Family Systems (IFS) approach. He is the co-author of the most widely used family therapy text in the United States: Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods.

WEDNESDAY

Nilima Bhat

Shakti Leadership

Nilima Bhat is a leading transformational facilitator helping individuals and organizations in their quest for conscious evolution. Along with Raj Sisodia, she is the co-author of Shakti Leadership: Embracing Feminine and Masculine Power in Business.

THURSDAY

Adam Kahane

Collaborating with the Enemy

Adam Kahane, Director of Reos Partners, is the author of Solving Tough Problems, a best-seller of which Nelson Mandela said, “This breakthrough book addresses the central challenge of our time: finding a way to work together to solve problems we have created.”
We will be celebrating the launch of Adam’s latest book published just in time for the Summer Gathering.

EVENING ACTIVITIES

8:00-10:00pm | In addition to poet David Whyte’s Monday evening keynote, we are honored to feature Mobius Expressive Artists throughout the remainder of the week.

TUESDAY

Anne Gottlieb

Presentation & Presence

Anne Gottlieb is Mobius’ Director of Presentation and Presence. Her work combines a myriad of disciplines as she draws on her 20 years as an actor, director and voice teacher.

WEDNESDAY

Claude Stein

The Voice of Authentic Leadership

Vocal coach and Mobius Transformational Faculty, Claude Stein, uses song and voice to train for greater authenticity, power and self-expression.

THURSDAY

Robert Gass

Chanting/Music

Robert Gass occupies a unique place in the widening field of recorded chant. Robert will guide an evening of devotional singing practices.

SPECIAL WEDNESDAY PROGRAM

We are delighted to offer participants the rare chance to work with either David or Thomas for a day-long session.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

David Whyte

Seven Elements: The Foundations of Conversational Leadership

Human beings have never had the luxury of choosing between an untouched, interior foundational self and the necessities and often overwhelming responsibilities of the outer world.

As leaders and individuals we are conversational creatures who shape our identities at the edge, between an untrammeled interior self and the difficulties of our strategic, practical world, between how we need to be and what we need to do, and especially between the actual ground beneath our feet and the horizon to which we have dedicated our individual or organizational hopes.

In this day-long workshop, poet, author and international speaker David Whyte will lead participants through crucial moments in the seven elemental steps he considers all human beings must go through to make any conversation, personal or organizational, more real.

He and participants will look at the conversational nature of reality, that permeates all our hours, working or not. We will call upon the eyes and ears of poetry, David’s decades-long experience in organizations and participants’ own self reflection. We will look at how these seven courageous steps apply to the necessities of power, responsibility, and the robust vulnerability needed in creating what David has called ‘a more conversational and invitational identity’.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Thomas Huebl

Mystical Principles of Transformation

An opportunity to study the mystical principles of transformation with non-dual teacher Thomas Huebl, who joins us in person for a day-long immersion.

Thomas is blazing a path of 21st-century spiritual practice and helping thousands of students around the world to really live their awakening amid today’s busy world.

He will lead a group for a day of study, practice, and awakening. Thomas will share his unique approach for living as a mystic in the marketplace, sharing his understanding of the mystical principles of embodiment, healing, manifestation, and service. We are truly delighted to offer this opportunity to practice with an advanced teacher who understands the challenges of modern life and grounds his work in psychology, philosophy, and meta-physical awareness.

Thomas Huebl is a rare guide: a masterful mystic able to navigate advanced realms of spiritual mastery while presenting himself in a delightfully warm, transparent, brotherly way. He is the best of 21st-century enlightenment: deep thinking, clear-seeing, and radical in his stance.

The session will focus on healing and the art of transformational facilitation.

ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS

Throughout the week, several of our transformational faculty and healing practitioners will be available for one-on-one sessions. We are honored to have them with us, offering their gifts to this gathering. Please indicate your interest in a session when you register for the program.

Individual sessions last anywhere between sixty and ninety minutes and cost an additional $500 each.

Presentation and Leadership Presence

Anne Gottlieb

actress and director, serves as the Mobius Director of Presentation and Presence. Anne coaches leaders to help them cultivate gravitas and express themselves with more ease, nuance and creativity in highstakes conversations and presentations.

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$500 additional

Claude Stein

vocal coach, has been part of the Mobius transformational faculty since 2006. Working with executive teams, large-group conferences, and groups of high potentials, Claude uses song and voice in training leaders toward greater authenticity, power and selfexpression.

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$500 additional

Healing: Network Energy Chiropractors

Dr. Jane Arzt and Scott Ligertwood

masterfully combine the transformative healing arts of Network Spinal Analysis with Subtle Awareness Coaching and Somato Respiratory Integration to create an extraordinary, fully embodied, transpersonal experience.

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$500 additional

Transformational Coaching

Charlotte Thornton

works primarily with high performing senior executives, judges, global negotiators, mediators, lawyers, senior coaches and psychiatrists. Sessions focus on reinstating and bringing alive the innate state of Embodied Authenticity from which truth, clarity and powerful leadership naturally emanates.

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$500 additional

Kelly Kamaka’alohi Asato

a native Hawaiian, is an intuitive Master energy healer and spiritual counselor. Over the last 15 years she has integrated a variety of methods into her practice, including various world traditions, hands-on healing, meditation, somatic work, and more traditional life-coaching practices.

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$500 additional

Healing: Transformational Bodywork

Matthew Myers

is considered a truly gifted healer who practices a blend of Transformational Bodywork and Cranial Sacral Therapy in order to explore somatic healing and energetic possibilities.

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$500 additional

Ryan Seaman

combines astrology with body work involving deep tissue, acupressure, marma point, reiki, and thai yoga massage. His work clears the unconscious physical, emotional and psychic armament and helps clients renew connection to
their Center.

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$500 additional

Maired Petzoldt

combines Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy with Subtle Energy Coaching to assist clarity, recreation and transformation in the whole system. By using the power of presence and attunement she facilitates people’s embodiment, alignment and a settling into their innate wholeness.

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$500 additional

Healing: Energy Medicine

Markus Hirzig

is a highly respected healing practitioner with 30 years’ experience of bodywork and 20 years’ of osteopathy and craniosacral work. His deep insight and skill, along with his simple hands-on exercises, wisdom and humor, are well-known and appreciated.

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$500 additional

Healing: Breathwork

Christian de la Huerta

his breathwork delivers immediate and profound relief from the stress of daily living, while providing a sense of clarity and perspective in these often confusing times. The work is efficient, yielding immediate healing results physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

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$500 additional