Huntington Ingalls Industries 
Intermediate level

Building a winning engagement strategy

How engagement precedes the lean journey at HII
Wednesday, Nov. 6 Location Code
9:30am-10:30am WS/21



Gain a clear understanding of how engagement is embodied in HII leadership strategy. Hear how new employees are oriented to engagement on day one and how the organization coaches and trains leaders to take action.


Learn how you must work on team engagement before you can expect the team to make a lean transformation. Lean helps accelerate engagement, but without a different approach from leadership it will not cause engagement and it can’t be sustained. Discover how leading the right way; where team learning, consistent coaching, and clear expectations are the norm, is a precursor to lean success. Attendees will be introduced to the principles of employee engagement as defined by the Gallup organization and how those principles are interpreted and applied at Huntington Ingalls.


Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Mission Driven Innovative Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 40,000 people operating both domestically and internationally.

Presenter: William McHenry

William McHenry has been with Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, since 1998, serving as an apprentice school academic instructor, then as the manager, process improvement training. Over the last ten years, McHenry has been working in organization development and is the program manager of Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Employee Engagement Initiative. He also assists programs and teams with professional and leadership development programs, organization development consulting, and strategy development.