Robin Erickson, PhD. Specialist Leader, Human Capital, Deloitte Consulting LLP, will be a featured speaker at the upcoming International Business & Finance Summit in Bimini. Hosted by the Bahamas Financial Services Board, and celebrating its 10th anniversary, IBFS 2013 is being hosted under the general theme, [“The Bahamas Advantage: Staying Ahead of the Game.](”

Dr. Erickson will present at a session entitled “Talent Development: FSI Employee 2020.” She says, “*Economic turbulence over several years has created a talent paradox whereby employers struggle to fill open roles even with high unemployment and continuing layoffs. As turnover concerns grow more targeted, executives want to know who is leaving and how to hold onto key employees.”*

Looking at global financial services industry (FSI) data, Dr. Erickson will discuss talent management priorities, including the need to reduce costs by layoffs while at the same time needing to retain employees. She will also review the talent paradox from the employee perspective; specifically, the factors that cause employees to look for new work and those that will entice them to stay

As a Specialist Leader in Deloitte’s Human Capital practice, Robin Erickson is at the forefront of Deloitte’s talent and retention research and development. Building off her PhD research that focused on the retention of downsizing survivors, she has focused on the potential for a “resume tsunami” to take place as the economy improves and employees start looking for new jobs. She has authored several recent publications (e.g., The Talent Paradox, Talent Drain on the Brain, Prepare Now or Lose Your Best Employees Soon) and has led the Talent Edge 2020 and Managing Talent in a Turbulent Economy longitudinal survey series.

Dr. Erickson has broad experience in talent strategy, retention improvement, mass career customization, diversity and inclusion, leadership alignment, workforce planning, organization design, change management, culture assessment, workforce transition, project management, and facilitation. She has been published in, the Deloitte Review, and the International Journal of Organizational Analysis.

She has presented her academic research at the annual conventions of the International Communication Association and National Communication Association. Ms. Erickson holds a PhD from Northwestern University in Organizational Communication and Change, a master’s degree in communication from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in theology from Northern Seminary, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. In addition, she is Project Management Professional (PMP) certified.

This IBFS session will be moderated by Bahamas Brand Ambassador Philippa Willie, an Ops Product Specialist at UBS Trustees (Bahamas) Limited.

Other Sessions during the 3 day event at the Bimini Bay Resort will focus on: New Markets: Discrete Growth and Best Practices for Business Development and Access to the Ultra-Wealthy; Steadfast in Tradition…Open Arms to Innovation; Taxation Policies & Strategies: Development Tools; Bahamian Financial Services – Truly Global or Not; Succession Planning for International Families; Finding Client Solutions – The Alternative Investments Approach; International Arbitration – Prospects for New Arbitration Centres; Legal Hot Topics in Wealth Management; Public Private Partnership in Action – Downtown Nassau Partnership (DNP) Case Study; Insurance & Annuities – Flexible Strategies as Tax, Asset Protection & Investment Hedge; Establishing a Captive Domicile.

The opening session of IBFS 2013, “The Bahamas Financial Services Industry: Way Forward”, will see the launch of the Government’s Strategic Plan for the Bahamas Financial Services Industry by the Hon. L. Ryan Pinder, Minister of Financial Services.