Eric Lefkofsky’s Early Life and Career Journey

Eric Lefkofsky is an accomplished American entrepreneur and current CEO of Tempus. He was born to a structural engineer father, Bill, and a school teacher mother, Sandy. His brother, Steven, is an attorney who practices in Michigan while his sister, Jodi, is a former school teacher. He was born and grew up in Southfield, Michigan and went to Southfield Lathrup High School in 1987. Later on, he joined the University of Michigan and graduated with highest honors in 1991. Upon graduating, he continued at the University of Michigan Law School where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1993.

Eric Lefkofsky began his career at the University of Michigan where he could sell carpet. Upon graduating in 1993, Eric Lefkofsky teamed up with his college friend, Brand Keywell, to start Brandon Apparel, an apparel business in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1999, he went on to create Starbelly, an early internet company that would specialize in promotional products. Over time, his early internet company experienced exponential growth and was sold to Halo Industries in 2000. Upon the merger, Eric Lefkofsky was appointed the Chief Operating Officer of Halo Industries. In less than a year, Halo Industries went bankrupt due to multiple lawsuits from shareholders. However, all the lawsuits were resolved by 2004.


Driven by the passion for giving back to society, Eric Lefkofsky teamed up with his wife, Elizabeth, to form Lefkofsky Foundation, a charitable trust to support educational, scientific, and charitable organizations and causes around the world. Through Lefkofsky Foundation, Eric focuses on empowering children and has currently funded over 50 charitable organizations.

Community Interests

As a believer in investing back to society, Eric Lefkofsky serves on the Boards of Directors of The Art Institute of Chicago and Children’s Memorial Hospital. He is also a Trustee of a Chicago-based performing arts institution, the Museum of Science and Industry, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Shortly after quitting InnerWorkings, Eric started a teaching career at Chicago. He would teach Applied Technology at DePaul University School of Business. Currently, he is an adjunct Professor at the Chicago University School of Business where he teaches entrepreneurship and technology-based courses.

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