From his beginnings as a carpet salesman while attending the University of Michigan, Erick Lefkofsky has built his personal and professional brand from the ground up. Since leaving law school in 1993, his entrepreneurial spirit has led him and college friend Brad Keywell to achieve funding to invest in an apparel company called Brandon Apparel. He went on to realize a product promoting company in the early days of internet business called Starbelly in 1999. After selling Starbelly to Halo Industries, Lefkofsky went on to become a chief operating officer for Halo. Lefkofsky also co-founded InnerWorkings, created Echo Global Logistics, and along with Keywell, co-founded the company MediaBank, just to name a few of his earliest accomplishments.
Lefkofsky makes it a point to give back to his community through numerous philanthropic endeavors. Along with his wife, Lefkofsky established the Lefkofsky Foundation, a charitable trust that serves the sole purpose of providing charitable scientific and educational support for certain humanitarian causes and organizations across the world. It has helped fund more than fifty organizations so far and has a high concentration on helping children related causes.Apart from the Lefkofsky Foundation, Erick Lefkofsky is a member of the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and currently serves as one of its board of directors. He is also currently on the board of board directors for The Museum of Science and Industry, The Art Institute of Chicago, and is involved with Steppenwolf Theatre Company as a trustee. Along with giving back to his community with these numerous positions, he has also served as a supporter for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Chicago by joining the committee at the time to bring the event to Chicago.
Erick Lefkofsky not only has an appreciation and support for higher education, he has also provided education to numerous students by lending his industry knowledge at Chicago area schools of business. He continues his practices today at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business as an Adjunct Professor where his knowledge of entrepreneurship is imparted on his students, as well as his in depth knowledge in building businesses geared towards technology.