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HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH HUMAN RESOURCES CONSULTANTS THE WELLSPRING GROUP

HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES
PARTNERSHIP WITH HUMAN RESOURCES CONSULTANTS THE WELLSPRING GROUP

Wellspring to provide robust, year-long racial justice training and human resources
consultancy to guide Huntington’s anti-racism work

 

(BOSTON) – Huntington Theatre Company announces a partnership with human resources and training consultancy, The Wellspring Group. Wellspring, which specializes in helping organizations achieve anti-racism goals, will guide the Huntington’s anti-racism and equity work with human resource consultation and a comprehensive, year-long training program.

In June 2020, the Huntington formed the  Huntington Equity Anti-Racism Task Force (HEAR),  a committee of staff members working within different company departments who are committed to supporting and guiding anti-racism work within the Huntington Theatre Company. Michael Maso, the Huntington’s Managing Director, has served as a collaborative partner to their work. The HEAR Task Force meets weekly to discuss and evaluate the organization’s policies and business practices through an equity lens, making sure that the voices of BIPOC staff and artists are heard, and identifying priorities for becoming a more inclusive, anti-racist organization.

To support and guide the Huntington in their anti-racism and equity work over the coming year, HEAR conducted and concluded a series of robust interviews with EDIA (equity, diversity, inclusion, and access) consulting firms, eventually selecting Wellspring as their partner.

Wellspring, led by Kadesh Simms Conroy and Chris Conroy, is known for its ability to deliver transformative anti-racist organizational development and change management solutions which help organizations strengthen their culture, increase a sense of belonging within their community, and improve teamwork. They will evaluate the Huntington’s business practices, provide training and support for their staff and board, and lead the implementation of organization-wide racial equity reforms. ( thinkwellspring.com )

Wellspring’s anti-racism training framework includes internal and external evaluations, group training sessions, staff affinity groups and working group meetings, as well as small group leadership training and development, and one-on-one coaching. Their training model is rooted in a “train-the-trainer” philosophy, which will ensure that the Huntington can sustain an equitable culture beyond the consultancy period and maintain anti-racism training as a regular practice. Also as part of this partnership, Wellspring will provide support for human resources for strategic improvements in the company’s organizational structure, in recruiting employees, and in reviewing goals and performance feedback for staff.

The Huntington’s Board of Trustees and Board of Advisors, led by Chairman David Epstein and President Sharon Malt, is committed to putting anti-racist and equitable practices at the center of the Huntington’s workplace culture. The Board of Trustees and Board of Advisors is reinvigorating its EDIA committee, will create an HR committee to support the human resources department to ensure ongoing open lines of communication between the staff and the board, and members of the Board of Trustees and Board of Advisors will join the Huntington staff for training sessions with The Wellspring Group.

“We are confident that, with all of us working together,” says Malt, “the Huntington will initiate necessary change and transform the institution into one that listens to and respects the stories and lives of everyone, including staff, board, artists, and audiences.”

Read more about the Huntington’s partnership with Wellspring here: huntingtontheatre.org/anti-racism-update 

 

ABOUT THE WELLSPRING GROUP

The Wellspring Group is a complete Human Resources and training consultancy helping social impact organizations build more inclusive cultures and higher performing teams. They are best known for their ability to deliver transformative anti-racist training and consulting to help organizations manage change, increase a sense of belonging within their community, and, ultimately, improve their outcomes.

Wellspring’s approach focuses on improving company culture and leadership practices through management strategy, change management, and workforce development. In addition to anti-racism training, Wellspring delivers full-cycle recruiting, executive search, and talent optimization services to organizations whose mission is to care for people.  By partnering with Wellspring, clients can expect to receive over 30 years of experienced, executive consulting that will increase their capacity to anticipate and manage organizational change and transform their employee experience. They most often serve clients searching for ways to create inclusive and welcoming company cultures.
          

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.

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