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TSBE Research Seminar | Virtues @ Work


TSBE Research Seminar Series 2017

Start Date

3 Feb 2017 12:00 pm

End Date

3 Feb 2017 2:00 pm


Level 4 Function Space, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay campus

RSVP / Contact

Sarah Dawkins

The Tasmanian School of Business and Economics warmly invites you to attend a seminar

presented by

Dara Feldman and Toby Newstead

A light lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP to for catering purposes.

Although videoconferencing will not be available, the seminar will be videorecorded and a link to the recording can be made available to anyone unable to attend in Hobart. For enquiries, please contact the Management discipline seminar convenor,


The philosophy of virtue ethics and current research from the fields of positive organisational and management studies show that higher levels of virtues lead to more meaningful, better performing workplaces. Virtues such as humility, integrity, courage, justice, kindness, and wisdom are the building blocks of good character, the foundation of positive leadership, and key to positive organising. Toby’s seminar will draw on the Aristotelian virtue ethics perspective as well as the more current positive organisational paradigms to make the case for developing virtues as the most effective way to create meaning, belonging, and the conditions for flourishing within our modern organisations.

Dara’s seminar will build on Toby’s session with some practical virtues-based strategies to develop ourselves, our students, our teaching practice, our teams, and our organisations. Dara is a well-known educator, author, speaker, and coach from the United States. Her seminar will address some of the common challenges faced by educators including competing demands, the diverse needs of students, and the taxing of personal resources. Through anecdote and activity, Dara will demonstrate how each of us can use virtues-based language to better ourselves and uplift those around us. Her seminar will be interactive, inspiring, and sure to leave an impression.

Speaker biographies

Toby Newstead is a PhD candidate in TSBE. Her research sits at the confluence of virtue ethics, positive organisational studies, and leadership development. Her PhD project will assess how virtues based development training is experienced by business leaders and any organisational outcomes that result.

Dara Feldman is an author, speaker, educator, and coach from the United States. She is passionate about transforming schools and the systems that support them into environments that embrace the love of learning with the recognition of self-worth. Dara’s areas of expertise include character education, restorative practices, and virtues development. See for more information.


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