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Krannert Executive Forum - Rachel O'Connell

Rachel O'Connell

Rachel O'Connell

Assistant Director of Human Resources
Chicago Cubs

Rachel O’Connell, SPHR joined the Chicago Cubs in 2012 as the Assistant Director-Human Resources where she and the HR team have been responsible for building a variety of human capital programs and processes, following the divestiture and sale of the team from the Tribune Company to the Ricketts family in 2009.  As part of the Ricketts commitment to become the best in the game, both on and off the field, significant investment was made in talent. In three years, the Cubs front office grew from one of the smallest in MLB, to a size more comparable to large market teams.  The Cubs have been among the first in baseball and the first in sports to build internal rotational and development programs, to build a corporate university inclusive of executive level Big Ten education, and to implement best practices in the areas of talent acquisition, performance management, talent development and succession planning.

Prior to joining the Cubs, Rachel worked for in Indianapolis, IN and provided senior level HR support through their 2011 IPO, mergers & acquisitions, and through a period of hyper-growth where the organization posted revenue growth of $50M to $250M and headcount growth from 600 to 2000+.  During her time at Angie’s List, Rachel was instrumental in the development of building the Angie’s List employer brand, developing technical talent acquisition strategies, building learning programming for commercial teams and managers and standardizing compensation plans and banding across the entities and for providing organizational development and change management expertise to acquired firms.  This followed Rachel’s experience as HR Director for KPaul Corp., a government reseller of technology equipment and software, which was recognized as #10 on the 2010 INC 500 list.

Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a master’s degree in HR Management, both from Purdue University.  She lives on the north side of Chicago in the Lakeview neighborhood with her husband – they spend their time sailing on Lake Michigan, exploring the lakefront with their dog, and enjoying everything the city has to offer.

The Chicago Cubs are the MLB National League baseball team for Chicago, IL. Founded in 1874 as the Chicago White Stockings, the Cubs are a charter member of the National League, and the oldest MLB team to continue to play in their city of origination. The Chicago Cubs are owned by the Ricketts family and headquartered at Wrigley Field. For further information please visit