• 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 featured 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
  • Frequent speaker at local and national conferences including the International Quality and Productivity Center, Society for Human Resources Management, Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence, 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 President and CEO of Connolly Clarke, LLC.  With over 20 years experience in organizational consulting, Tom’s work focuses on strategy and structure, transformation, mergers and acquisitions, HR transformation, change management, leadership development, workforce planning, talent management, employee retention, competency models, HR metrics, high performance cultures, organizational design, 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 and CXO suites in driving successful business improvement, strategic planning, large scale organizational and technology change, HR optimization, business transformation and 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. In addition, Tom was formerly a Partner and the leader of the People Strategy consulting practice for a Big 5 firm (Arthur Andersen).  Most recently, Tom led the Human Capital and Transformation practice for the St. Charles Consulting Group.  

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 business ethics books, 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, Optimization and Cost Reduction
  • Change Management
  • Talent Management and Workforce Planning Analytics
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Process Improvement and Benchmarking
  • HR Metrics and ROI
  • Building Internal Consulting Capability
  • Employee Retention and Engagement
  • Peformance Management Systems/360's
  • Organizational Design
  • Business Ethics​
  • Workforce Transition/Redeployment


  • Two-time recipient of Arthur Andersen’s most esteemed recognition (Sequoia Award) for leadership, stewardship, and staff development
  • Team recipient of Manpower’s “Power Award” for quality of performance, good standing within the community, and active stewardship
  • Recipient of Amoco Corporation (now BP) highest recognition (President’s Special Award) for project teamwork and contributions towards transforming the Corporate Recruiting function to a best practice organization. 


University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • Bachelor of Arts - Psychology
  • Masters of Science - Industrial Relations/Human Resources
  • Additional studies in pursuit of a PhD in HR/Organizational Behavior