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2023 40 Under Forty: Lawrence Wooten

Age: 33 Company: Citizens Title: Vice President, Supplier Diversity No. of years with current company: 2 Town where I live: New Britain Town where I work: Stamford College: Central Connecticut State University Highest degree: Master’s degree in business administration
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Lawrence Wooten is the vice president, supplier diversity, at Citizens where he focuses on the use of diverse-owned businesses as suppliers, and encourages such use within Citizens’ supply chain.

He is a seasoned professional with over a decade of experience in procurement and supplier diversity within Raytheon Technologies. Throughout his career, Wooten has held various roles across multiple Raytheon entities, developing an understanding of the industry and fostering strong relationships with suppliers.

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What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

My biggest accomplishments thus far have been increasing diverse supplier spend by 320%, and increasing diverse suppliers by 50%. Based on those accomplishments, Citizens was awarded 2022 National Corporation of the Year by the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council and the Silver Distinction by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce.

How are you involved in the community?

My involvement includes serving as a commissioner for Human Rights & Opportunity for the city of New Britain where we work with legislators in raising awareness and protecting human rights, dignity and respect for all people. I also coach youth and high school basketball in the surrounding area.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of just spending time with my wife and son, I enjoy all the social activities that the Greater Hartford area has to offer including live music, breweries, festivals and fairs.

Why do you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty?

• A social justice change agent influencing diversity, equity and inclusion strategies within procurement processes.

• Appointed to the Human Rights & Opportunity Commission.

• Led a project that awarded a woman-owned fleet management company a multi-year, multimillion-dollar contract.

• Dedicated mentor devoted to developing and growing youth athletes, scholars and beyond.

Fun Fact

I have a twin sister, who I am 2 minutes older than.

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