The Campbell Public Affairs Institute Presents: Moral Courage in Public Life: A Workshop with Terry Newell

Thursday, April 21, 12:00-2:30, Lunch Provided
Public Events Room, 220 Eggers Hall

Public servants—whether elected or appointed to government positions, or working in NGOs—are hit with pressures from all sides. Demands from citizens, interest groups, legislators, fellow employees and their own organizational leaders often put them in situations where they feel they are being asked to compromise their integrity. They feel that getting along means going along. In too many cases, they don’t know how to do the right thing without putting their career on the line. The result can be the suppression of needed dissent, diminished contributions from co-workers, and organizations that go astray.

This workshop focuses on how to have moral courage in public service—and how to create organizations that encourage everyone to honor their public service values. Using video clips, group discussion, and stories of both failed and exemplary public servants, the workshop will provide ideas and tools to bolster moral courage in public life. It should be of interest to graduate students in public administration, international relations, and political science; public officials; and others working in the public and non-profit realms.

Dr. Terry Newell is former dean of the faculty at the Federal Executive Institute (FEI), the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s premier institute for professional development, where he was responsible for FEI’s four-week, interagency Leadership for a Democratic Society program. He currently directs his own firm, Leadership for a Responsible Society, and is also an adjunct faculty member at FEI and the University of Virginia. His work focuses on values-based leadership, ethics, and enhancing customer experiences. A former Air Force officer, Terry also previously served as Director of the Horace Mann Learning Center, the training arm of the U.S. Department of Education. His publications have addressed such issues as values and ethics in leadership, organizational change, the future and its implications for leadership, and the impact of diversity on organizations and leaders. He is co-editor of The Trusted Leader: Building the Relationships That Make Government Work (CQ Press, 2007, 2nd ed. 2011). Terry has a Master’s Degree in Teaching and an Ed. D. in Educational Administration.

If attending, please RSVP to Kelley Coleman in the Campbell Institute at

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