Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are a key component of HII’s corporate culture and an important part of our diversity and inclusion strategy.
These employee-run networks connect employees who want to become more engaged with their colleagues and the company. ERGs provide opportunities for personal and professional development, leadership, mentoring, volunteerism, cultural enrichment and community involvement.
ERGs also support the company’s recruiting, retention, diversity and corporate citizenship programs. Membership is open to all employees at no cost.
Employees interested in forming a new ERG should reference the company’s ERG policy in Corporate Command Media.
Upcoming D&I Events
Dec. 19: STRIDE of Newport News Shipbuilding is hosting a white elephant gift exchange from 4:30 until 7:00 p.m. at Bar Louie at Peninsula Town Center in Hampton. Attendees are invited to enjoy $5 hamburgers and fries and asked to bring a $15 wrapped gift. For more information, contact Paul England at 757-534-3062.
Dec. 21: Newport News Shipbuilding employee resource groups are hosting a Holiday Shutdown Party at 6:30 p.m. at Bar Louie at Peninsula Town Center in Hampton. All shipbuilders are welcome.
Jan. 9: WiSE of Newport News Shipbuilding will hold the January book club meeting beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Harpoon Larry’s in Newport News. The Sixth Window by Rachel Abbott will be discussed. Contact Rosemarie Keener at 757-380-4895 for more information.
Jan. 12 & 16: The Color of Unity, a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held at 12:00 p.m. (1st shift) and 8:00 p.m. (2nd shift) on Friday, Jan. 12, in Bldg. 4930, and at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, in Bldg. 227. Edmond Hughes, Ingalls Shipbuilding’s vice president of Human Resources and Administration, will be the guest speaker. Refreshments will be provided for all events. The event is open to all employees; however, space is limited and advance registration is required. A charge number will be provided. Register with your foreman or on the O18 EEO, Ethics & Compliance website by Dec. 8.
Jan. 15: AASA of Ingalls Shipbuilding will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 11:05 to 11:25 a.m. (first shift) at the Outfitting Hall and from 7:35 to 7:55 p.m. (second shift) in the Covey Room. Events will include music by the Ingalls Ensemble and a speech by Lori Harper, vice president, Supply Chain Management. Call Sabrina Graves at 228-935-8054 for more information.
ERGS at HII
African American Shipbuilders Association (AASA): The African American Shipbuilders Association is a platform to foster professional and career development of its members and employees. They have a strong commitment to community service and programs that improve education, promote cultural awareness and diversity in our communities.
Asian & Pacific Islander Shipbuilding Association (APSA): The Asian & Pacific Islander Shipbuilding Association is committed to growing and developing leaders within Ingalls’ Asian Pacific community. Additionally the organization works to address the concerns and needs of Asian Pacific employees, and share these unique cultures and languages with other employees.
Asian Shipbuilders Including All Nationalities (ASIAN): Asian Shipbuilders Including All Nationalities creates a forum to bring Asian American employees together to network and share our culture and experiences with each other and our colleagues. We strive to create alliances that enhance professional and leadership opportunities for our member to benefit the company and our communities through education, diversity awareness, community service, and organization growth.
Continuing Education Group: The Continuing Education Group is a group for employees to receive and provide support for work/life balance, tuition assistance tips, scholarship opportunities and more for those pursuing continuing education.
Guiding Young Professionals: Guiding Young Professionals provides young professionals with opportunities to network, share experiences and learn and grow with one another. The group is aimed at young professionals to ensure they continue to learn and work towards career development.
Engaging Employees to Learn Improve Network and Knowledge Share (E-LINKS): Engaging Employees to Learn Improve Network and Knowledge Share (E-LINKS ) is an all-inclusive multi-generational employee resource group committed to fostering leadership through community involvement, professional development and networking. The organization draws employees from across the company of all ages, races and professional backgrounds.
Hispanic Outreach & Leadership Alliance (HOLA): The Hispanic Outreach and Leadership Alliance is a forum to help employees network and share experiences across all campuses, and foster an all-inclusive work environment. They are committed to become a driving force for Hispanic leadership, development and marketability.
Ingalls Shipbuilders Equality Alliance (ISEA): The Ingalls Shipbuilders Equality Alliance is dedicated to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees and their families and friends. It is committed to promoting a safe and open working environment for all employees, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Shipbuilders of Huntington Ingalls Professionals Network (SHIPS Network): Shipbuilders of Huntington Ingalls Professionals Network creates social and professional networking opportunities for new and transferring employees, connecting them across Huntington Ingalls Industries to foster assimilation, knowledge sharing, and retention. SHIPs Network fosters networking and knowledge sharing, building of friendships and provides opportunities to become involved in corporate and public service.
Shipbuilders Together Realizing Inclusion, Diversity and Equality (STRIDE): STRIDE is organized and operated for the advancement of the social welfare and equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. By serving as a support network and educational resource for HII LGBT employees, their friends, families and colleagues, STRIDE strives to make a difference in the quality of life at work through professional development, mutual understanding, corporate responsibility and community outreach.
Shipbuilder Women Engineers (SWE): Shipbuilder Women Engineers is an all-inclusive shipbuilding employee resource group committed to acknowledging the accomplishments of women engineers, Promoting advancement of members within SWE and providing a non-work way of developing SWE members. The members also participate in outreach programs for college, school children of all ages and young women engineers.
Veterans Employee Resource Groups: The Veterans Employee Resource Groups work to enhance the image of the company with employees, customers, and community through our diverse military experience, traditions, and customs and to foster the professional and career development of all employees.
Women in Shipbuilding Enterprise (WiSE): Women in Shipbuilding Enterprise foster a diverse work environment through networking and teaming, promoting positive performance, and employee growth. They work together to enhance the image of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) with the community and our customers through corporate and public service.
Employees who are interested in joining an ERG can get more information by visiting Homeport or asking their Human Resources Business Partner.