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Seaver College Professor, Reka Lassu

Réka Anna Lassu

Visiting Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior
Business Administration, Seaver College
CCB 314


Dr. Réka Anna Lassu is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Pepperdine University. She has an interdisciplinary background, earning her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida, M.S. in Communication from the University of Lugano in Switzerland, M.S. in Business Administration from Virginia Tech, and B.A. in Psychology-Honors from Chico State.

Réka’s research focuses on leadership and wellbeing. For example, she investigates why supervisor pressure for employee performance and wellbeing may sometimes backfire. She collaborates with companies across industries (e.g., nonprofit, healthcare) on projects that both enhance organizational effectiveness and advance management science. She is a regular presenter at international conferences and has published research in peer-reviewed business journals. Réka has taught university business courses since 2012. Her favorite part of teaching is mentoring students to discover their strengths and career passion. 

To inform her research & teaching, Réka draws on a variety of experiences outside academia. She was the manager of a purposeful travel leadership development program, a TEDx organizing team member/speaker coach, the fundraising coordinator for social entrepreneurship start-up, and a professional development coach for small business owners. 

Réka grew up in California, but she is originally Hungarian. She speaks English, Hungarian, and a little Italian. When she is not working, you can find her playing volleyball, checking out art exhibits, and hiking with her doodle Ziggy. Fun fact: Réka was a college pole-vaulter.


  • PhD Business Administration (University of Central Florida)
  • MS Communication (University of Lugano, Switzerland)
  • MS Business Administration (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
  • BA Psychology-Honors (California State University, Chico)


  • Leadership
  • Employee Wellbeing


  •  BA 366: Organizational Behavior