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Kathleen O'Connor, MS Ed

Barrington, IL, USA
Kathleen OConnor bio portrait with Executive Coaching Connections, LLC in the Chicago, Illinois area

Kathleen is a consultant and coach specializing in the identification and development of leadership talent. She has over 20 years of experience in executive development and organizational change. Previously, Kathleen was an internal HR consultant at Hewitt Associates and Motorola.

Using her high level of client service and expertise, Kathleen’s engagements often result in repeat projects with numerous clients, especially in the pharmaceutical, medical device and professional service industries. She is also an adjunct faculty member of Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change program and a coach with the Executive MBA program at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Kathleen has personally coached hundreds of leaders representing a variety of functions, nationalities and roles. She coaches at both the individual level, especially related to 360 and personality assessment data, and at the group level, as part of action learning team coaching. Kathleen guides leaders in identifying strengths and development opportunities, while continuously acknowledging organizational realities facing each leader. She believes in the value of continuously improving self-awareness while harnessing individual strengths and interests.

In addition to her work as an executive coach, Kathleen advises organizations on broad strategies for identifying, developing and onboarding key talent, as well as designs and facilitates talent management meetings, change management projects, leadership forums and management development programs. In addition, she often conducts research for clients on strategic workforce planning and talent development trends, resources and suppliers. Clients frequently use Kathleen’s services facilitating leadership planning meetings, focus groups and senior leader interviews.


  • Benchmarks®
  • Hogan Assessments
  • PDI’s Profilor
  • Voices® 360 Feedback


  • Master of Science in Education, Organizational Development & Workplace Learning, Northwestern University
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing and Psychology, University of Notre Dame

Practice Areas

  • 360-Degree Feedback
  • Executive Coaching
  • High-Potential Programs
  • Instructional/Program Design
  • Leadership Development
  • Meeting/Program Facilitation
  • Team Coaching & Facilitation
  • Transition Coaching

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