Timothy T. Lupfer

United States Army (retired)
Retired Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting
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Tim Lupfer’s dark secret is that he grew up in New Jersey.  Once you get around the New Jersey jokes, his life is pretty interesting.  He entered West Point at the age of 17 in 1968, and four years later he graduated first in his class.  He entered an army whose culture had been severely damaged by the tumult of the recently ended Vietnam War.  He served in various combat-ready units in the US and Germany, and he attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, where he studied history.  He also served as an Assistant Professor at West Point, where he taught military history.  In 1990 and 1991 he commanded a reinforced tank battalion (over 700 soldiers and 58 M1A1 Abrams tanks) in combat in Desert Storm.


After retiring from the army in 1992, he entered business.  He served as an executive at R.H. Macy and Company while the company emerged from bankruptcy, and then became a management consultant, starting his consulting career with McKinsey.  During his 20+ year consulting career, Tim worked with several companies and organizations in organizational change, leadership, and ethics/compliance, to include the City of New York, several financial institutions, companies in various industries, global not-for-profits, and federal agencies. 


After the Enron crisis, Tim focused on ethics and compliance, leading that effort for Deloitte Consulting in the US.  He helped numerous companies from a wide variety of industries in establishing ethics and compliance programs and in developing codes of conduct. He has given numerous presentations on ethics and compliance throughout his consulting career.  He retired as a Managing Director in Deloitte Consulting in 2011, and then continued doing individual consulting for the next seven years.        


Tim now spends his time writing and speaking.  He recently published a book on leadership entitled Leadership Tough Love.  He enjoys traveling with his wife (and high school sweetheart) of over 46 years and trying to keep up with their seven grandchildren.

A master storyteller, he uses the lessons from his life to convey takeaways on improving a host of life, work, leadership, and interpersonal habits. Here's some feed back from his presentations:

"So thoughtful and enduring. I'm a huge Fan!" - David B
"Finally, Timothy debunks the emotional mythology so popular on the topic of leadership. Bravo!" - Lance B
"Having served under Tim in combat...., I observed these traits of leadership by him under the most difficult of circumstances." - Stan W
"After hearing him speak, all I can say is 'Wow!'" - Ken S
"Tim's program and his delivery were inspiring and compelling. He was thoughtful and deeply authentic." - Andy S
"Your presentations were motivational, inspirational, dynamic, and awe-inspiring!"
- Pierre Q