Breakthrough brings leadership teams together to transform their organisations, with a whole-team approach to inclusivity.
Inclusivity encompasses programming, talent development, workforce, communication, monitoring, measurement, leadership and governance. It is about identifying who is under-represented or excluded and which communities are under-served, and taking action to address this.
Breakthrough helps unlock the changes needed to move forward. The programme works through modules structured to develop tailored plans, support and learning for you and your organisation.
Breakthrough brings organisation leaders and their Senior Management Teams (SMTs) together, to make their organisations truly inclusive for the long-term.
It combines 5 online workshops and 3 on-location sessions, plus coaching sessions. The on-location sessions take place in Birmingham.
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Organisation often come to Breakthrough because they are stuck, for reasons including:
- Fear – of getting it (publicly) wrong
- Inertia – inability to get things moving, or to get change to stick
- Time – wanting to be inclusive but not being able to achieve without an external focus and timeline
- Lack of knowledge – not knowing where to start
- Overwhelm – it feels too big and difficult
AMA has been running Breakthrough since 2019, delivering change for dozens of organisations.
I truly feel we’ve made a good start on our ‘breakthrough’ and I have learned a lot from this process… it will take everyone in the organisation to live and breathe the values and for thinking about EDI in all decisions to become second nature. There’s a lot of work still to do but thanks to this programme with AMA, I’m actually looking forward to giving it a go.Chris Blythe, CEO, Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House
Breakthrough combines online content sessions with face-to-face content and peer support sessions, supported by 1:1 coaching.
It takes you and your team through a comprehensive review of how to develop your specific organisation’s processes and structures. It’s designed to be a supportive 12 month programme structured around 4 modules that are essential to the future of your organisation:
- Your context, vision, goals for and plan for inclusivity
- Your leadership journey
- Your recruitment journey
- Your customer / audience journey
This format has proven impact for organisations: you can read about change AMA has helped unlock for previous participants below.
Module 1: Context & Your Breakthrough Goals
This module helps you identify the areas you and your organisation can focus on to have the most impact, and how you can plan to realise your Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB) ambitions.
26 Jan 2023: 1pm — 5pm, face-to-face workshop at the Library of Birmingham: Introduction and your organisation’s Benchmark
8 Feb 2023: 2pm — 4pm online: your Breakthrough Goal and Plan
Mar 2023: CEO and/or SMT Coaching
Module 2: Your Leadership Journey
This module helps you and your team think about what your organisation needs to do differently – structures, process, strategy – to make sure that you are being truly inclusive, both internally and externally in relation to your organisation.
30 Mar 2023: 2pm — 4pm online: Conscious Inclusion
19 Apr 2023: 1pm — 5pm, face-to- face workshop at Think Tank, Birmingham: Allyship, Shame and Guilt
Module 3: Your Recruitment Journey
In this module you’ll take a look at how you are getting on with applying the plans from Module 1. It will also look at how you can deal with any uncomfortable issues or challenges arising from the work. This provides a foundation to look at your organisation’s approach to recruitment with an inclusive lens.
14 Jun 2023: 1pm — 5pm, face-to- face workshop at Think Tank, Birmingham: Privilege and Recruitment
5 Jul 2023: 2pm — 4pm online: Inclusive Culture and Leadership
Module 4: Your Customer / Audience Journey
This module introduces new content to help you think holistically about your customer journey, your audience communities, and meeting them where they are. It includes a look at the work completed as part of your Leadership Journey. The final session of the programme looks back at progress made, as well as how you can take the learning and work forward independently.
4 Oct 2023: 2pm — 4pm online: Customer Journey
Nov 2023: CEO and/or SMT Coaching
6 Dec 2023: 2pm — 4pm online: Next Steps, Review and Acknowledgement of Successes
Hear from previous participants
Breakthrough has led to significant and lasting change for participating organisations, and the programme continues to work with organisations to help them move forward and embed the work with purpose and clarity.
The Breakthrough pilot has resulted in significant ‘breakthroughs’ – major and minor systemic changes in organisations that have been accomplished in a short time span. The results herald the start of new internal cultures and show that system change can be achieved through committed and aware leadership and a willingness to involve the organisations as a wholeExtract from independent evaluation report published by SAM-Culture
We have used all of the exercises that we covered on the programme with our own staff at our staff share days and so we found this incredibly useful… we have new tools (such as our breakthrough plan) which we can develop on an annual basis to continue the work that we are doing.Laura Keogh, HR Director, Brighton Dome & Festival Ltd.
Ishreen is Chief Inspiration Officer, Belonging Pioneers. She guides professional leaders to navigate complex situations and achieve success with clarity, confidence and courage. Her focus is to cultivate mindsets and cultures that acknowledge valuable difference, inclusive behaviours and authentic leadership.
Ishreen has many years experience working with arts and culture organisations, including Serpentine, South East Dance, Artsadmin, Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival.
“I’m inspired by the depth of honest enquiry each person in the programme engages with, and the results they’re able to produce as a result of their courage and action”Ishreen Bradley
Mel is an independent Marketing Consultant, who has worked in the arts across the UK and abroad for over 30 years. As an independent audience development Consultant & Coach her clients have included Arts Council England, Australian Arts Council, CARIFORUM, The British Council, Still Art Sweden and MLA London.
Mel’s worked with arts and culture organisations including Discover Childrens Story Centre, Contemporary Visual Arts Network, ArtsAdmin, School for Social Entrepreneurs, Cornwall Museums Partnership, Dublin City Council Culture Company.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to bring cultural leaders and their teams together to discuss and share this critical and timely opportunity”Mel Larsen