Danyelle Saunders
Manager Engineering 2
Huntington Ingalls Industries

“The manufacturing industry continues to change the world, opening doors that will improve our future. Being a part of such an industry inspires me to share with younger generations to ignite an interest that will enable us to pass the torch, continue advancing and strengthen a legacy that makes a difference!”

Danyelle is responsible for strategic and tactical planning, and design and implementation of office and warehouse rehabilitations and new construction projects. Her area of responsibility spans more than 150 office facilities on 550 acres of property, impacting a workforce of approximately 22,000 personnel. Leading a team of architects, engineers, planners and administrative support, Danyelle’s firsthand technical knowledge, experience and management skills have made a tremendous impact on the company. In addition to being instrumental in the development of the Facilities Planning and Estimating Process, Danyelle led the incorporation of WELL-Building concepts to promote a culture of holistic wellness.

The impacts of Danyelle’s exceptional leadership can be seen throughout her career with Huntington Ingalls Industries, where she is known for building trusting and engaging teams. While serving on the Diversity Development Advocate team, Danyelle established her department’s Engagement Lead Team and led the group to participate in numerous professional development activities and community service projects. Whether leading a workforce of individual contributors to perform a SWOT analysis to improve business outcomes, or developing and facilitating trainings focused on change management, Danyelle’s leadership has proven invaluable to the organization.

Danyelle has developed strong relationships with mentees throughout her career. She has mentored both youth and her peers in many capacities through groups such as the TATOO middle school tutorial program, Girls with Engineering Minds in Shipbuilding (GEMS), Women in Shipbuilding Enterprise (WiSE), Hispanic Outreach and Leadership (HOLA) and the African American Shipbuilders Association (AASA).

To make a difference in society, Danyelle has forged meaningful relationships with many non-profit organizations. She volunteers and supports SEEDs (Strengthen Educational Experiences to create Dynamic Students), HELP, Inc. (Hampton Roads Ecumenical Lodging and Provisions), the AIM Center (Antioch Improvement Ministry) and Hampton and Newport News City Schools Systems. Danyelle has also freely shared her STEAM experiences with hundreds of students through various community events, and was recognized with a Phenomenal Women of Hampton Roads 2016 Award in the category of STEM by the Twenty Pearls Foundation, Inc.

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