Participants from the 2022 LEAD Forward program stand with Newport News Shipbuilding leaders.

Shipbuilders Complete LEAD Forward Program

Published November 16, 2022

Newport News Shipbuilding partnered with LEAD Virginia and community leaders to host the three-day LEAD Forward program in September and October. The class included 36 early- and mid-career level NNS leaders representing 15 divisions.

The program, now in its fourth year, was designed by LEAD Virginia to advance leadership development among NNS professionals. Partnering with Hampton Roads businesses, the LEAD Forward program provides immersive learning experiences. It also exposes participants to the various regional economic and environmental factors that impact various businesses, how business leaders assess and respond to those factors, and the implications of those factors as they relate to NNS.

“LEAD Forward is a truly unique program designed to help rising shipyard leaders sharpen leadership skills and harness them to positively impact our company and the world around us,” said Xavier Beale, vice president of Human Resources and Trades.