Carol L. Wooden is the Supplier Diversity Senior Manager for the Raytheon Company. Currently, she is managing the execution of Raytheon’s strategic partnership with small and diverse businesses in alignment with the supply chain strategy. Previously, she served as a Manager in Supply Chain responsible for an $85M backlog of major subcontracts. As a graduate of the Raytheon Engineering Leadership Development Program, Carol has worked in three divisions across the country and abroad including Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) in Massachusetts, Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) in both California and Texas and Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL) in the United Kingdom. She has a broad and unique background in Electrical & Systems Engineering, Program Management and Supply Chain Management. Since joining Raytheon in 2004, Carol has supported several major Dept. of Defense programs. In 2011, Carol served as Staff Executive to the SAS Vice President of the $2B Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems (ISRS) mission area.
In her voluntary service to Raytheon and her community, Carol has held several leadership positions within the Raytheon Women’s Network, Raytheon Black Employees Network and led the implementation of the SAS Engineering Rotation Program in the North Texas Region to aid in the development of early career engineers. She conducts speaking engagements with high school and college students across the US to encourage the pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Carol has been named the 2007 Modern Day Technology Leader by the U.S. Black Engineer of the Year Award Committee and named the 2013 Top Contract Management Professionals Under 40 Award by the National Contract Management Association. She also holds nationally recognized certifications in Engineering and Contract Management as well as Raytheon certifications in Program Management and Subcontract Management.
Carol earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee State University and a Master of Science degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Purdue University.