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Gonzaga Guild Lecture March 27 Explores New Research for Women to Manage Workplace Stress

Posted on March 14, 2012 in: Academics, Events, Faculty & Staff

Gonzaga University School of Business Administration Professors Molly Pepper (left) and Peggy Sue Loroz. Gonzaga University photo.

Gonzaga Scholars Pepper & Loroz to Share
Causes, New Techniques to Reduce Stress

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University School of Business Administration faculty Molly Pepper and Peggy Sue Loroz will discuss “Women in the Workplace: New Research, New Insights” at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 27 in the McCarthey Athletic Center’s Herak Room. The event, sponsored by the Greater Gonzaga Guild, is free and open to the public.

Pepper, assistant professor of management, and Loroz, associate professor of marketing, will focus on their current research into stress women encounter in the workplace, including factors such as barriers to advancement, work/life balance and bullying. Strategies to combat and overcome stress-related burnout will be highlighted.

The scholars will discuss the proactive, three-step approach they have pioneered to help women manage stress. The first step entails creating boundaries around productive time to maximize time-management, increase planning, and minimize stressful work-related emergencies. Their second step encourages women to establish an affinity group to support one another. The third involves guided discernment to help women discover their personal “Mighty Purpose” and develop strategies to keep that purpose in front of them at all times.

“Although stress from the many competing roles a professional woman typically embodies can be a cause of burnout,” Pepper said, “one potential avenue for reducing emotional exhaustion and bolstering a sense of personal accomplishment lies in determining, through reflection, the concrete ways that she can make a positive difference in each of these roles.”

Pepper teaches classes in human resource management, ethics in human resources, management and organizations, and developing people and organizations. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M in 1987, Pepper earned a master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1997 and a doctorate from Arizona State University in 2004.

Loroz teaches classes in consumer behavior, persuasion and marketing ethics. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga in 1995, Loroz earned a doctorate from the University of Colorado in 2000.

“All good research comes from a personal story,” Pepper adds. “Like many of our colleagues, Peggy Sue and I often struggle to balance our work and our families. This project is a way of searching for new ways to handle our stress in a way that allows us to hopefully help others.”

The Greater Gonzaga Guild is dedicated to raising awareness of Gonzaga’s scholarly and cultural contributions to the region. The Guild is open to all people interested in learning.

For more information, please contact Mary Joan Hahn, Gonzaga director of public and community relations, at (509) 313-6095 or via e-mail.

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