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Breakthrough — building inclusive organisations

What is Breakthrough?

Breakthrough — building inclusive organisations is a new programme designed to support CEOs and their senior management teams on the journey to becoming an inclusive organisation.

We know as a CEO you’re committed to creating a diverse organisation. You’ve got good intentions but perhaps you’re struggling to achieve your equality and diversity objectives. Could you use a sounding board of experts to support your ambitions?

Breakthrough provides you with workshops and coaching from experts with extensive experience developing team performance and in diversifying teams and audiences.

You will work with experts in leadership, team building, business and marketing strategy and diversity. The positive shifts in team mindset alone will be priceless.

What will I gain?

  • CEO coaching — one-to-one coaching for you as a CEO to help identify your vision, the challenges ahead and how to overcome them
  • Senior Management Team workshops — these workshops will help your senior management team explore your shared vision, identify agreed ways forward and take time to uncover any challenges you face along the way whilst developing ways to overcome these.
  • Board session — one of the coaches will run a session with your Board identifying their commitment to the process and addressing any concerns to ensure their full support.

Why build an inclusive organisation?

You’ll get better results
Organisations with employees from a good mix of ethnic backgrounds are 33% more likely to outperform other businesses and those with gender diversity are 21% more likely to do so according to research  by McKinsey & Co.

Future-proof your organisation
Organisations that embrace diversity NOW are more likely to be ready for the changes and demands that our swiftly changing population will bring.

Make a bigger impact
The AMA supports Arts Council England’s belief that embracing the Creative Case helps arts and cultural organisations to not only enrich their work, but also address other challenges and opportunities in audience development, public engagement, workforce and leadership, and collections development in museums.

How do I take part?

The Breakthrough programme is funded through Arts Council England AMAculturehive and is available to organisations based in England.

Applications have now closed and we will shortly be announcing the successful participants for the 2019 cohort.

What will it cost?

AMA member / Arts Council England NPO: £995 + VAT per organisation

Non-member: £1497 + VAT per organisation

The cost is significantly less than the overall value of the training and coaching that you and your organisation will receive, in real terms this would be approximately £10,000. The long term value is even greater.

Your Coaches

“Mel is an inspiring mentor who encourages you to drive forward change. Her relaxed coaching style enables you to reflect and identify solutions to your organisation’s challenges, accompanied by the context of her own incredible career in the arts. Google the synonyms for inspiring – Mel’s name should appear!”

Richard Loftus, Town Hall Symphony Hall (mentored by Mel on the Audience Diversity Academy)

The programme — April-October 2019

CEO one-to-one coaching
23 April – 8 June
This first two hour session will identify your vision and the challenges you are currently facing.

Senior Management Team and CEO facilitated workshop
Wednesday 19 June
All six participating organisations will attend. This will give you the opportunity to share challenges and focus on your own organisation with a peer network. You’ll leave with actions to trial back in your organisation.

CEO one-to-one coaching
11 June – 15 July
Up to two hours of follow-up coaching that will ensure your progress.

Senior Management Team and CEO facilitated workshop
Wednesday 17 July
All six participating organisations will attend. This is a chance to update on progress, identify barriers to change and explore next steps.

CEO one-to-one coaching
18 July – 30 August
Another two hour coaching session to ensure progress within your organisation.

Senior Management Team and CEO facilitated workshop
Wednesday 11 September
All six participating organisations will attend. This final workshop with all organisations will allow time for sharing challenges and how you’ve overcome them and prepare you for next steps.

CEO one-to-one coaching
12 September – 31 October
A final two hour coaching session to discuss how you will continue this work long term.

The coaching sessions will take place at your organisation or online.

The facilitated workshops will take place at participating organisations so locations will be decided when successful organisations are confirmed.

Top image: Image courtesy of National Theatre of Scotland. Exchange Festival 2018 Eden Court – Ewen Wetherspoon
Bottom image: AMA Future Proof Museums Residential 2017 © Leo Cinicolo
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