Huntington Ingalls Industries 
Intermediate level

Building a winning engagement strategy

Shaping the future through employee engagement


Practitioner Presentation
Thursday, Nov. 1 Location Code
1:30pm-2:30pm Grand Hall C, Lobby level ThS/50



Learn how engagement strategy involves all levels of management and how it drives decisions throughout the leadership value stream. Hear about a comprehensive engagement strategy expected to shape the future of the company's workforce and military shipbuilding.


Hear how Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, builds employee capability and improves communications. Learn how engagement is integrated into existing leadership experiences, how expectations are set around team actions, and how the company leverages engagement data. Discover many of the quality of life improvements that are so critical to address in the challenging shipbuilding environment. Gain insights into corporate level programs designed to focus on the financial and health aspects of employee wellbeing.


Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) 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. Newport News Shipbuilding is the sole designer and builder of aircraft carriers for the U.S. Navy. HII’s technical solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its fleet support, integrated missions solutions, nuclear and environmental, and oil and gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 39,000 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 manager of process improvement training. Over the last ten years, he has worked in organization development and is program manager of the employee engagement initiative. McHenry retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1998 after a 20-year career in the marine safety, pollution response, port security, and training fields. He holds a bachelor's degree in physical sciences from the United States Coast Guard Academy and a master's degree in operations research and statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is an adjunct faculty member at Christopher Newport University and Old Dominion University in Virginia, teaching mathematics and program management courses.