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Almost 20 years since BEYA named its Affirmative Action award after David Barclay, his pioneering efforts in workforce diversity and inclusion are still relevant today.

“America needs both diversity management and affirmative action,” wrote Barclay in 1993.

David Barclay was vice president of workforce diversity at Hughes Aircraft Co. Prior, he served as vice president for human resources development.

As a corporate advocate and chief officer for workforce diversity in 1990, he was responsible for maximizing Hughes’ commitment to a multicultural workforce. Other responsibilities he assumed included the equal opportunity program, ethics program, employment and college relations. Barclay was also actively involved in community and industry organizations, including the Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade, the National Black United Fund, and the Aerospace Industry Equal Opportunity Committee among others.

This February, Chavis Harris received the Dave Barclay Affirmative Action Award at the 31st BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference in Washington D.C. The award recognizes efforts to promote affirmative action and advancement within an organization in education, job promotion, small-business development and community activities.

Harris is the director of ethics, EEO & diversity, and business conduct for Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding. The division has an employee population of approximately 22,000 persons and revenues in excess of 4 billion dollars per year.

A United States Air Force retired lieutenant colonel, Harris joined the company in April of 2000. From August 2000 until the present, he has provided classroom instruction on Diversity and Inclusion to over 2,200 Newport News Shipbuilding first line supervisors.

Harris serves as chair of the state board of directors for the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and as vice chair of the mid-Atlantic region board for INROADS Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 1970 by Frank C. Carr to fix what he perceived to be a lack of ethnic diversity in corporate America.

Take a listen to Mr. Harris’s acceptance speech.


Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) employs 36,000 people in the United States and internationally. There are two divisions—Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia and Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi—as well as several subsidiaries.

The HII workforce is a picture of age diversity:

32 percent Millennial,
32 percent generation Gen X,
35 percent baby boomers, and
1 percent silent generation.

Also adding to the mix are generation Z employees, the eldest of whom are just coming out of college, interning, and starting their first jobs. The median age of HII’s workforce is 45 and the median tenure is nine years.

HII is the largest military shipbuilding company in the United States and provides engineering, manufacturing, and management services to the nuclear energy and oil and gas markets.


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Carla BrowningSeptember 12, 2017
3:24 pm

I couldn’t help but notice all of the significant grammatical errors in this article. This is not an accurate reflection of our organization as we strive for excellence and competence in our day to work. Please consider a more effective proof reading approach in the future.

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