Sara Khaleeli

Sara focuses on senior-level recruitment for executives and leaders within the Technology and Professional Services industries. She is an accomplished consulting professional with experience ranging from accounting and finance to healthcare.


Prior to joining Lantern Partners, Sara was a Senior Consultant at Protiviti, where she facilitated department assessments, worked with upper management as the main client liaison, and led internal audit and financial advisory projects. She assisted both public and private companies with identifying and maintaining their risks in industries such as Healthcare, Energy, Banking, Real Estate Investment Trusts, and Consumer Goods and Services.


Sara began her career in Dallas before moving to Chicago in 2019. After relocating, she helped grow the Chicago Healthcare practice for Protiviti, as the only cross-trained healthcare and internal audit consultant.


Sara graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a double major in Accounting and Finance, and minors in Human Relations and Economics.

Along with her professional experience, Sara is dedicated to helping her community through her board involvement with Sarah’s Circle, which provides services for women to help them permanently end their homelessness, and Rainbows for All Children, a program to help youth as they navigate grief and heal from loss. 

In her free time, Sara enjoys traveling, and has visited 25 states and almost 30 countries. Her favorite part of traveling is experiencing different cultures and meeting new people.


Living in the city, Sara also enjoys exploring the many restaurants of Chicago. She is an avid restaurant enthusiast, loves trying new cuisines and dishes, and is always looking for new recommendations.

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