• Designed and implemented the Human Capital Benchmarking Survey for the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) entitled “The Current and Future HR Profession(al): Responsibilities, Activities, and Capabilities” – study mentioned in HR Executive Online magazine
  • Developed the Competency Model for Effective Internal Management Consultants and On-line Internal Consulting Competency Assessment Tool. Rolled out at the International Association of Internal Management Consultants (AIMC) Annual Meeting
  • Recent Chair of the Midwest Chapterof the Association of Internal Management Consultants
  • Designed the Core Consulting Skills Certification Program for the AIMC and Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence (FORME).
  • New Orleans Compensation Association (former Board Member)
  • Subject Matter Expert on human capital metrics/shareholder impact for the AICPA Special Committee on Enhanced Business Reporting
  • Human Capital Executive Research Board (Member 2016) – the business intelligence arm of Talent Management and Diversity Executive  magazines
  • Human Capital Subject Matter Expert for the 2017/2018 Transformational Productivity Initiative - a public-private partnership, assembled to provide leadership for Wisconsin’s manufacturers on the challenges they face in achieving productivity growth.
  • Frequent speaker at local and national conferences including the International Quality and Productivity Center, Society for Human Resources Management, Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence, Manufacturing Matters, FEI, Dealmakers, American Society for Training and Development, Canadian Nuclear Association, Association of Legal Administrators, CSU HR Executive Series, Association of Internal Management Consultants, Talent Management Forum, and the Midmarket Energy Roundtable

Thomas E. O'Rourke, CCP, MSIR

President and CEO

Connolly Clarke, LLC



Tom O'Rourke is founder and CEO of Connolly Clarke, LLC.  Tom designs and leads organizational consulting projects and teams focused on strategy and structure, HR transformation, change management, M&A, leadership development, workforce planning, talent management, organizational design, employee retention, competency models, HR metrics, high performance cultures, and building client consulting capability – serving companies of all sizes, from startups to Fortune 15.  In his work, he has partnered with and coached Boards, CXO suites, and led project teams by taking a "hands-on" approach to driving successful business transformation, strategic planning, large scale organizational and technology change, HR optimization, business integration, and building client’s internal consulting capabilities at some of the world’s leading organizations.

Prior to launching Connolly Clarke in 2010, Tom was a Principal at Baker Tilly – where he started and led the Human Capital Services practice for the firm. Before joining Baker Tilly, Tom was a Partner at one of the world’s largest business consulting firms (Accenture) where he was a member of the North American HR Transformation leadership team and leader of the North American HR Transformation practice for the Resources Operating Group.  Most recently, Tom led the Human Capital Services practice at RSM US, LLP

Tom is not a “career consultant”.  He has worked in internal roles for both a Fortune 15 petrochemical company as well as a Global 2000 energy services provider.  The combination of his industry and consulting experience has allowed him to develop a unique appreciation for the day-to-day challenges of the HR and Organizational Development professional and the internal client demands that go with them.

Tom brings an experience-based, metrics/methodology-driven, and results-oriented approach to human capital and organizational change.  Additionally, as a co-author of three books on business ethics, Tom brings a highly principled and values-driven standard to his consulting work and in partnering with clients . . . and that is what his clients appreciate about him.  


  • Strategy, Structure, and Transformation
  • ​HR Transformation and Optimization
  • Change Management
  • Talent Management and Strategic Workforce Planning
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Process Improvement and Benchmarking
  • HR Metrics, Analytics, and ROI
  • Building Internal Consulting Capability
  • Employee Retention and Engagement
  • Performance Management Systems/360's
  • Organizational Design
  • Business Ethics​
  • Workforce Transition/Redeployment


University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • Bachelor of Arts - Psychology
  • Masters of Science - Industrial Relations/Human Resources


  • Recipient of Arthur Andersen’s most esteemed recognition (Sequoia Award) for leadership, stewardship, and staff development
  • Recipient of Manpower’s “Power Award” for quality of performance, good standing within the community, and active stewardship
  • Recipient of Amoco Corporation/BP's highest recognition (President’s Award) for project teamwork and contributions towards transforming the Corporate Recruiting function to a best practice organization. 
  • ​Co-recipient of the "Neighbor of the Year" award for establishing the "Building a Stronger Community Scholarship" aimed at empowering students to achieve educational goals through community service. Presented at the 2019 Waunakee Chamber of Commerce Community Awards