Creating a Sustainable Talent Ecosystem

The financial industry is going through epic change. It is at the same time evolving in the way of technology and contracting in terms of the number of banks. These and other dynamics force institutions to compete in a small talent pool for pivotal roles. Sourcing experienced talent is expensive and not sustainable for a long term talent strategy.  

Michael Shipman, vice president of talent development at Rockland Trust Co., will share how he’s addressed talent challenges head on and developed an internal “talent agency” for Rockland Trust. What started as a learning and development initiative has permeated throughout the organization, enhancing engagement, increasing retention and transforming performance management conversations.  

During this session, attendees will learn:  

  • How to build credibility with managers and leaders that learning and development can help advance corporate strategies and respond to social, economic and demographic pressures 
  • How to design elements to help address the most pressing challenges for a growing company. 
  • How one initiative made a positive impact on nearly every HR metric.

Michael Shipman

Michael Shipman is the vice president and director of talent development for Rockland Trust, a top rated, full-service, community bank headquartered in Massachusetts. He focuses on the progressive talent development strategies that contribute to Rockland Trust being recognized on the Boston Globe’s “Top 100 Places to Work” list for the past six years.

Prior to Rockland Trust, Shipman held strategic organizational development positions in a variety of industries and settings. Shipman’s expertise is in growing a strategically aligned learning and development function and introducing results-oriented human capital strategies to midsize and large companies.

Shipman is a professional associate and faculty at the Gestalt International Study Center and he serves on the MBA board of advisers for the New England College of Business. He is the co-founder and past president of the Hanover, Massachusetts, chapter of Toastmasters International. Shipman earned a master’s degree in business management from Lesley University and bachelor’s degree in history from Appalachian State University.


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