Upcoming Events

Published January 25, 2023


Spear and Gear Toastmasters welcomes all shipbuilders to a virtual Toastmasters meeting at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting theme will continue with “New Year Goals.” Toastmasters is a safe and welcoming environment for those seeking to enhance their communication and leadership skills. If interested in attending, reach out to either Tammy Smith (N358), Brandon Jones (E63), Paul Gee Jr. (O52) or Jamar Skyles (E03) at NNS or Taylor Chamberlain (E91) at KSO.


Arts in Motion is looking for dancers to participate in African American Shipbuilders Association’s (AASA) annual Black history celebration on Friday, Feb. 17. Rehearsals will be held from 4:15 until 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays – Feb. 2, 9 and 16 – in Bldg. 520-6 (James River Room). If you love to dance and would like to be a part of the celebration, contact Danyelle Saunders via email or at 757-869-1299.


The L.E.A.R.N. Program will host an in-person presentation and reception with Vice President of Operations Karey Malyszko and Director of Environmental Health and Safety Yesika Kain from 4 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6 in the VASCIC auditorium. The event is open to all employees by reservation only. Sign-up on the L.E.A.R.N. website. For questions, contact Christina Hayden (K51) or email [email protected]. No charge is provided. WebEx information will be available for those who would like to attend virtually.


The Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion Office (O18) will host another courageous conversation at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13. The discussion topic is “The Connection Between Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.” It will feature panelists Quinn Williams, Onboarding manager; Emmylou Mosely, of the Asian Shipbuilders Including All Nationalities (ASIAN) employee resource group and a manager of Engineering; Brian Kain, manager of Operational Heath; and Michelle Avery, manager of Organizational Development. Guest moderators and ED&I champions Amanda Hampton and Amber Hampton will lead the discussion.

Register on MyNNS to join this and other upcoming discussions.

Shipbuilders who are interested in being a panelist or guest moderator for these monthly courageous conversations should contact Danyelle Saunders (O18).


Join the African American Shipbuilders Association (AASA) for the 2023 Black History Month observance. The event will highlight the contributions, talents and diversity of African American culture through dance and art. Guest speakers Dr. Janice Underwood, executive director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (ODEIA) U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM); and Xavier Beale, NNS’ vice president of Human Resources and Trades, will discuss the importance of being a change catalyst in the shipyard and beyond through the lens of this year’s theme, “Igniting the Fire: Where Do We Go From Here.” Register on MyNNS. Contact William Bond or Kecia Ballen for more information. This event is open to all NNS employees and no charge will be provided to attend.