HII-NNS (Newport News Shipbuilding) 
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Value Stream 1 Engaged People

Will they tell you what they know?

Thursday, Oct. 22 Location Code
9:30am-10:30am Jr. Ballroom A/B, 3rd floor ThP/37

Linking knowledge management and employee engagement

Bolster your organization’s strategies/plans for countering the loss of crucial knowledge during the Baby Boomer retirement wave; learn about the impact of employees’ knowledge sharing attitudes; hear about knowledge sharing and information gathering essentials; develop and update employee retention strategies and practices.


Learn how  your organization, facing the loss of critical tacit knowledge as Baby Boomers retire, can develop effective retention strategies for areas where knowledge loss places your company at greater risk. Gain valuable learnings from HII-NNS about ways to identify potential knowledge loss in critical areas and related plans/tactics that will help your organization meet related challenges. Understand the implications of employees’ knowledge sharing attitudes (including hoarding and hiding) and get results of the presenter’s tacit knowledge survey. Learn how knowledge sharing and information gathering is essential for training design and development, performance analysis, mentoring and quality performance within your organization. Gain information about coaching/communication, change management and employee engagement. Develop, implement and evaluate your employee retention strategies and practices.


Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) is the sole supplier of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. It is one of two providers for Virginia Class nuclear submarines and is the exclusive provider of refueling services for nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. The company is the largest non-governmental provider of fleet maintenance services to the U.S. Navy and it has the western hemisphere’s largest dry dock and crane. The largest employer in Virginia, it employs more than 23,000 people.  www.huntingtoningalls.com

Speaker: Robert Downing

Dr. Robert Downing is an organization development facilitator for HII-NNS. He has more than ten years’ experience in process improvement with the company. He gained process improvement experience as the production superintendent for Union Camp Corporation’s particleboard facility. He is a certified lean six sigma sensei and a lean six sigma black belt, and he is certified in production and inventory management. Downing has written materials for more than 30 publications.