I'm Réka Anna Lassu, a PhD Candidate in Management and an Instructor at the University of Central Florida. My research interests include employee wellbeing, positive organizational scholarship, high performance supervision, and trust. To me, the most meaningful part of scholarship is collaborating with companies on projects that both enhance organizational effectiveness and advance management science. My team and I have provided insight to partner organizations in the healthcare, nonprofit, and public services industries, and have presented the findings at international conferences of the Academy of Management and the Society of Industrial & Organizational Psychology. My favorite part of teaching is mentoring students to discover their strengths & career passion, so I love it when students come chat during office hours. I have taught for six years in a business school, first at California State University, Chico and now at UCF. All students have a valuable, unique perspective, so I seek to create an inclusive environment where everyone can share their thoughts, while actively learning from science-based research and experiential activities.
To inform my research & teaching, I draw on a variety of experiences outside academia. I was the manager of a purposeful travel leadership development program, a TEDx organizing team member, and the fundraising coordinator for a nonprofit. As a professional development coach, I advised small business owners on their brand’s communication strategy and worked with individuals on skills such as presentation design & public speaking. As a speaker, I delivered workshops on topics such as cultural sensitivity in business and creative communication.
I received my MS in Business Administration from Virginia Tech, MS in Communication from the University of Lugano in Switzerland, and BA in Psychology from California State University, Chico. I speak English, Hungarian, and a little Italian. When I'm not working, you can find me playing volleyball, checking out art exhibits, and traveling.