October 13, 2015 18:00 ET

Eric Lefkofsky -- To Deliver Opening Remarks for "Genius" Talk at Chicago Ideas Week

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - October 13, 2015) - Eric Lefkofsky, CEO and Co-founder of Groupon, will deliver the opening remarks at the talk "Genius: A Peek Inside the World's Most Brilliant Minds" at Chicago Ideas Week. The session will take place at the Cadillac Palace Theatre on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

Chicago Ideas Week 2015 gathers a powerhouse of the most brilliant minds, with an agenda full of speakers who are known as proactive and immeasurable thinkers within their specialty. Attendees can find out exactly what goes on inside the minds of several exceptional people at the "Genius" talk, with a full lineup of presenters ready to share their passion and inspire listeners to take action in following their own spark. Biomedical Inventor Robert Fischell, renowned teen Pianist and Composer Emily Bear, Harvard University Professor Roland G. Fryer, Jr., Ph.D. and President of the Heroic Imagination Project Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D. have confirmed their spots. Lefkofsky's longtime business partner Brad Keywell designed Chicago Ideas Week as an innovation festival to connect those who are at the forefront of innovation and game-changing perspective and to loop Chicago into the national entrepreneurial ecosystem. As Co-founders of several technology companies including InnerWorkings, Echo Global Logistics, Mediaocean, Groupon and Uptake, Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell have worked together to bring attention to the Chicago business and technology community.

In addition to his accomplishments in the business sector, Eric Lefkofsky is well known for his work in the non-profit community. In 2006, he and his wife Liz started the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, a charitable trust that supports human rights, medical and cultural programs throughout the world. The Lefkofskys have shared a statement on their nonprofit and charity-based initiatives, "We recognize that perhaps our greatest accomplishment -- with the exception of the kids we raise -- will not come from businesses we've started, but from the help we provide to people and causes around the world."

About Chicago Ideas

Chicago Ideas is a year-round platform featuring globally recognized speakers and interactive experiences designed to turn ideas into actionable results. It's a platform for ideas, created for innovators, thinkers, doers and interested citizens from across Chicago, the greater Midwest and the world. Its goal is to stimulate new initiatives and ventures, create new connections and collaborations, and establish a Community of Curiosity. Chicago Ideas is a 501(c)(3) organization. Follow Chicago Ideas on Twitter @chicagoideas and on Facebook for updates.

About Eric Lefkofsky

Eric Lefkofsky is CEO and Co-founder of Groupon. He is also a Co-founder of Lightbank, InnerWorkings, Echo Global Logistics, Mediaocean and Uptake. Eric Lefkofsky is a Trustee of Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, Steppenwolf Theater, The Museum of Science and Industry and World Business Chicago. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago. Eric Lefkofsky graduated from the University of Michigan and received his Juris Doctor at University of Michigan Law School. For more information, visit:

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