Janel O’Connor

Chief Human Resources Officer

  • janel.oconnor@sikich.com
  • (630) 566-8596
  • LinkedIn

Janel M. O’Connor is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Sikich LLP, based in Naperville, Illinois. Janel has nearly 20 years of experience in human resources, leading organizations through complex matters related to employment, organizational growth and development and employee relations. In her role with Sikich, Janel is responsible for developing a human capital strategy that meets the firm’s aggressive growth pattern, with primary focus on acquisitions and integration for the national firm comprised of over 1,000 professionals. Additionally, she has oversight for all functional areas of the human capital function, including the firm’s best in class learning and development function, Sikich University. Prior to Sikich, Janel has worked in professional services and traditional corporate human resources roles supporting HR generalist, recruitment, benefits and various HR services functions for medium to large-size organizations.


  • Society of Human Resources Management, SHRM
  • Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, HRMAC
  • World at Work
  • Milwaukee’s Best and Brightest Advisory Board
  • Northern Illinois University Management Executive Advisory Council
  • West Aurora School District Special Education Advisory Council


  • Bachelor’s Degree, Human Resources Management, Minor in Marketing, Northern Illinois University
  • Master’s Degree, Human Resources Management, Keller Graduate School of Management


  • Northern Illinois University, Department of Management, Alumni of the Year, 2016