Eric Lefkofsky: A True Philanthropist

Eric Paul Lefkofsky is a well-rounded entrepreneur from Detroit, Michigan with his hands in many endeavors. He graduated from Southfield-Lathrup highschool in 1987 and did a superb job at the University of Michigan where he graduated with honors. Lefkofsky shows his genuine concern for humanity not only with words but with solid action. He left a coveted CEO position at a business he co-founded with hopes of curing cancer working at Tempus, a company he also co-founded. Lefkofsky is currently active as the CEO of Tempus. Tempus is a company that developed a innovative system to fight cancer. Their goal is to lay a foundation to fight cancer by analyzing a patients genetic code thus helping doctors get to the root cause of tumors and better understanding them. They specialize in only 3 types of cancer but expect to cover more in the future. The cancer industry is one Lefkofsky knows very well as he has donated millions of his own dollars to it. He also is the author of “Accelerated Disruption: Understanding the True Speed of Innovation”. Accelerated Disruption is a warning to people who are in a position similar to Lefkofsky was on what to expect if you come up with a new brilliant idea. He warns of bigger companies or even start-up companies that will come in and one up your idea effectively taking your company’s spot in the industry. While his book shows his concern for his fellow man, so do his actions within communities. Lefkofsky took on the role of being on the board of directors at the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago showing his compassion for kids. He also founded the Lefkofsky Foundation along with his wife Elizabeth, a foundation that helps children and has its hands in human rights advocacy, the medical field, and lastly arts and culture. The foundation has helped fund over 50 organizations thus far easily earning Eric Lefkofsky the title of philanthropist. Lefkofsky is very active on his twitter page keeping us up to date on any progress Tempus achieves. This is a testament to his character showing he is a man of his word and proving it by giving the public all transparency. Eric Lefkofsky is just another man trying to do what we all should, promote the well being of others.

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