To be Great and Good: The Power of Altruism to Enrich Our Own and Others’ Well-Being

Join FEAP and Hoos Well in this reward-eligible webinar!

“We should strive not simply to be great, but also to be good.” - President Ryan

UVA’s 2030 Strategic Plan articulates how being both great and good is central to achieving our vision to be the leading public university, and one of the very best overall, in 2030. By cultivating altruism and doing good, not only are you benefitting the University and our surrounding community; you are also benefitting your own well-being and happiness in powerful ways that are backed by science.

In this seminar, which is part of the monthly series of reward-eligible emotional well-being seminars offered by UVA FEAP and Hoos Well, you’ll learn how altruism is one of the most robust predictors of life satisfaction, practical tips for incorporating engaged altruism into your daily life, and resources for finding volunteer opportunities that will create more connection, meaning, and fulfillment in your life.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Understand why, based on science, social connection and engagement are essential to your well-being
  2. Learn how helping others helps your health, happiness, and life satisfaction
  3. Learn and discuss strategies for incorporating altruism and kindness into your daily life
  4. Learn about resources (such as UVA Health, Reimagine CVA, and United Way) to help you find volunteer opportunities that match your interests and values


  • Thursday, August 19, 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Register for virtual seminar. (This will be a Zoom meeting, with more opportunities for interaction)
  • Tuesday, August 31, 3:30 – 4:30pm: Register for webinar. (This will be a traditional Zoom webinar.)

About the Presenters

Matthew Fritts, MPH, PMP is a Well-Being Specialist with Hoos Well, the University’s award-winning employee well-being program. His 20 years of experience in the public health field include positions within the National Cancer Institute’s Behavioral Research Program and at the Samueli Institute, a non-profit clinical research organization. Matt leverages his expertise in psychological health promotion and 20+ years of experience as a yoga and meditation teacher to plan and manage Hoos Well’s programs for enhancing mental and emotional well-being. He is a UVA alumnus and former Lawn resident.

Mary Sherman, LCSW, CEAP is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional with UVA’s Faculty and Employee Assistance Program (FEAP). A Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia, Ms. Sherman has extensive experience with coaching, short-term problem solving, management consultation, mediation, and facilitation on a range of personal and workplace issues. She has additional expertise helping employees improve communication skills, balance work and home, manage stress, increase happiness, in domestic violence work, and in helping employees deal with anxiety and depression. She is a member of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association and the College and University Work Family Association.

Register for the session