Leading With Resilience & Compassion During A Global Crisis: Bob VandePol Featured On The Growth Collective Podcast

Leading With Resilience & Compassion During A Global Crisis: Bob VandePol Featured On The Growth Collective Podcast

April 16, 2020

On April 15, Bob VandePol, MSW, Executive Director of Pine Rest Employee Assistance Program was featured on The Growth Collective podcast hosted by Susan Morgan Baily, Marsh & McLennan Agency Culture & Wellbeing Practice Leader. The podcast spotlights organizations where the focus is on creating a thriving workforce and interviews executives and practitioners as they break down the art and science of building successful organizations through thriving team members.

The topic of VandePol’s interview was “Leading with Resilience & Compassion during a Global Crisis”.

Hurricane Katrina, the Boston Marathon Bombing, the September 11 terror attacks, and COVID-19…what do they all have in common?  More than we can imagine, beginning with the stress and ending with long-term impacts we can’t yet see when it comes to the current pandemic.  The other connection they have is the guest of this podcast, Bob VandePol.  Bob is the leader who was called to guide teams through each of these crisis to help others lead with compassion and competence.

Bob currently serves as Executive Director of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services’ Employee Assistance and Church Assistance programs where he leverages behavioral health expertise to support healthy, productive people and groups. In this episode, Bob walks us through steps individuals can take to be resilient and weather challenging times, in addition to outlining a process leaders can follow to facilitate individual and organizational recovery from a crisis.


Bob VandePol serves as Executive Director of the Pine Rest Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Prior to spear heading our EAP program, Mr. VandePol was president of the world’s largest provider of critical incident response services to the workplace. Active as a keynote speaker, he has published and been quoted in business and clinical journals, co-authored book chapters addressing workplace response to tragedy, and has been featured as subject matter expert in numerous video training series. He managed CCN’s Command Center in Manhattan after the 2001 terrorist attacks and frequently consults regarding how executives can lead organizational recovery during crises. He brings tremendous insights in the EAP programs and services with his experience in crisis response training, consultation, and service to faith-based organizations.

Mr. VandePol can be contacted at 616.258.7548 or bob.vandepol@pinerest.org.

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