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
Feb. 22: AASA at Newport News hosts its 8th annual Black History Month event with Guest Speaker Jack Ezzell, CEO of Zel Technologies, LLC.
Feb. 22: AASA at Ingalls Shipbuilding will host Education: Onward & Upward 11 a.m., DCR 1.
Feb. 15: HOLA, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula, hosts an egg drop competition at the club’s Peninsula location in Newport News. The event is designed to engage the children in STEM activities.
Mar. 8: HOLA teams up with Professional Engineers Community of Practice and Project Management Institute-NNS (PMI-NNS) in providing insight/tips on obtaining professional licensure and certification. The networking event will be held at Smoke BBQ in Newport News, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Mar. 11: Learn the Latin dance bachata and practice your new moves on the dance floor while networking, as HOLA hosts the I Love Bachata social at the Mambo Room in Norfolk.
Mar. 15: ISEA will hold a general members meeting 11 a.m. – noon, DCR 1. Robin Decker will present: “Our Symbols & What They Mean.”
Mar. 23: WiSE celebrates Women’s History Month with Guest Speaker Mary Cullen, vice president of nuclear propulsion at Newport News Shipbuilding.
Apr. 4: All Newport News Shipbuilding employees are invited to attend a speed mentoring event hosted by HOLA. Sessions with company leadership will occur in 10 minute intervals. Contact HOLA Professional Development & Mentoring Chair, Eric Olsen (757-688-1068) or Eric.B.Olsen@hii-nns.com
Apr. 5: Bring your family for an evening of exercise and dining as HOLA celebrates National Walking Day with a walk on the Noland Trail followed by their first familia dinner. Meet at the Mariners Museum entrance to the trail at 4:30 p.m. Dinner will follow at El Sabroson in Williamsburg.
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.