There are a number of men and women of exploits on my list of people I wish to meet one day and have handshakes with. These are people that have risen to the pinnacle of success in their chosen fields of endeavor in spite of all odds. Top on this list is Eric Lefkofsky.
He was born on the 2nd day of September, 1969, to the family of Bill, a structural engineer. The mother, Sandy, was a teacher by profession. No doubt, Eric had the advantage of being blessed with enlightened parents. Little wonder, he had a solid foundation in terms of education and morals. After he got through with Southfield-Lathrup High School, he went straight to the University of Michigan. He obtained his Juris Doctor after completing his program at the University of Michigan Law School in 1993.
There are three things I find irresistible about Lefklofsky – his entrepreneurial acumen, his giving spirit and his love for the community. I will throw more light on these virtues.
There are few American entrepreneurs that can rival the achievements of Eric Lefklofsky. Proofs can never lie. He is one of those that gave birth to Tempus, and currently the CEO. Also, Eric Lefkofsky is the Chairman of Groupon and one of its co-founders. The number of companies he co-founded is numerous; some of them are Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics (ECHO), InnerWorkings (INWK), Uptake and Lightbank.
The word “philanthropy” seems to be in Lefkofsky’s DNA. Together with his wife, Elizabeth, he set up a charitable trust by the name Lefkofsky Foundation. The foundation has since being supporting charitable, scientific and educational endeavors and organizations in and outside the United States. However, children remain the major focus of the foundation. Over 50 organizations have benefited from the Lefkofsky Foundation to date. See crunchbase.com.
I am yet to see a man that loves his community as much as Lefkofsky. Go to the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, you will find he is a member of its board of directors. Take a trip to the Art Institute of Chicago; you will discover he is a Board of Directors’ member there. What about Theatre Company, a performing art center in Chicago, he is there as a member of the board of directors. According to lightbank.com, He is also a Trustee of Steppenwolf.
I hope one day I will have the opportunity of meeting this great fellow and ask him the secret of his outstanding achievements. No doubt, he will be generous enough to tell me.