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At age 26 social entreperneur, Anne Mahlum launched Back on My Feet, a nonprofit organization that aims to foster self-sufficiency in homeless participants through the discipline and therapeutic empowerment of running. Over the years Anne has helped thousands of people transform their lives through transforming their self-perception. At the same time she has turned her passion into a career not once, but twice opening up the fitness chain [solidcore] in Washington D.C. where she herself leads several of the work-outs.

As a speaker Anne regularly presents on the business behind starting a nonprofit, fundraising, and social change, all of which she has done with great success. In order to get BoMF on its feet in 2007, Anne collaborated with homeless shelters, sporting goods companies, and companies like Mariott International who offer financial support and often training and employment opportunities for the people who complete BoMF’s 6 to 9 month program. Anne raised additional funds for the program though hosting galas and races, turning BoMF into a $6.5 M annual nonprofit with chapters in 11 cities and counting.

After five years at the wheel, Anne realized she was truly an entrepreneur at heart rather than a chief operating officer and left BoMF to create the Washington D.C. based boutique fitness chain [solidcore], which in its first year quickly attracted 12,000 clients including Barack and Michelle Obama. Just as she did with BoMF, Anne fully commits herself to her health club where she capacitates people to “create the strongest version of themselves” both physically and emotionally.

Full Profile

Anne M. Mahlum is an entrepreneur who loves to create and build with purpose. Her first go around at building something from scratch was Back on My Feet, a for-purpose 501(c)3 organization she started in Philadelphia in 2007 that uses the power of running to change the way those experiencing homelessness see themselves so they can make real change in their lives.

Anne served as CEO from 2007 to 2013 and in that time grew the organization to Baltimore, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Indianapolis, Atlanta, New York City, Austin and Los Angeles. BoMF is a $6.5M annual nonprofit with staff of 45, thousands of volunteers and hundreds of members.

Anne’s vision for Back on My Feet is simple, yet bold – to help as many people as possible, in the most efficient way as possible, redefine themselves so they can redefine their life and, just as important – to change the perception of homelessness on a global scale. If people don’t change their perception, it will perpetuate the problem. Homelessness has a branding problem and the majority of people currently in this state are just looking for an opportunity to have a better life.

Anne and BoMF have been featured in countless times in the media. In 2012, Anne hosted a documentary for MTV called The Break on youth homelessness and she was recently featured in a book, called 50 Everyday Heroes.

In late 2013, Anne stepped down as CEO to start a new venture in DC called [solidcore] a boutique fitness company that now has three studios with 5 more planned before March 2015, including one in Minneapolis. Her plan is to grow a real community that helps people be the strongest version of themselves inside and out. Her vision for [solidcore] is just as bold as it was for BoMF – to build a national brand and community that helps people become the strongest version of themselves.

Anne regularly speaks at corporate events, academic institutions and conferences. She has spoken to intimate groups of 20 to as many as 35,000. She has presented on inspiration, leadership, the business behind starting a nonprofit, fundraising, social change and of course, the issue of homelessness.

She is originally from Bismarck, North Dakota and currently lives in DC. She has done 11 marathons, four triathlons and loves to constantly challenge her body, her mind and her spirit. She is running the Antarctica marathon in March, which will complete her goal of running a marathon each continent.


Anne Mahlum Speaker Videos Back to top

Anne Mahlum - TEDxKC


“When you don’t have self-worth or self-value, it’s impossible to know what your potential is.”

Anne Mahlum shares her journey from her preconceived notion of what her life would be like as a child to her reconciliation with her father’s gambling addictions and how the experience ultimately led her to find clarity and purpose through forming a running community and team with nine homeless men who were searching for the same things in life as she was.

Introduction


“Running doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, rich or poor. Running makes you feel like you can fly.” Anne Mahlum shows the power that a running program has to change people’s lives and the way they view themselves through showing them that they can be disciplined, reliable, and capable of meaningful accomplishment.

Running Forward to Alleviate Homelessness: Anne Mahlum at TEDxAustin


Anne Mahlum: Hatch Festival



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


The Road to Change
Anne Mahlum’s compelling personal story and work with Back on My Feet is a powerful and inspirational example of how change happens. In this engaging and inspiring program, Anne shows us that we all need the same things in life to grow and succeed... to be noticed, to be appreciated, to be valued and to be cared for. She teaches that changing the way we see ourselves and our circumstances is at the core of change and that only then can we begin to move out of our comfort zones and create real and lasting change in our lives. With raw vulnerability, grace and lots of humor, Anne takes audiences on an emotional journey that will leave them feeling motivated, purposeful, and empowered to both manage and create real change in their lives.


Anne Mahlum Speaker Testimonials Back to top

“If you are looking for a speaker who is exciting, captivating, motivating, and inspiring, look no further—Anne is among the very best! She captures her audience immediately and keeps them engaged until the very end. Her story resonates with all, her energy is contagious, and the personal touch makes it even more real. I’d recommend her for just about any event and any audience…she won’t disappoint.”
-Larry Solomon, COO, Human Resources, Accenture

"Anne is an engaging storyteller — combining gravitas, humor, nuance and raw emotion to make powerful connections with her audience. And TED audiences are demanding; they require substance, novel thinking and real polish -- they see through the contrived and are immediately bored by speakers trotting out the usual or phoning-it-in. That's what makes Anne so powerful, she transcends the usual, is a real professional and works hard with event organizers to understand her audience to make every minute on stage count."
-Mike Lundgren, TEDxKC Curator

“Anne’s mission and compelling story is an inspirational example for our organization and sales team. Our global conference was kicked-off in the right direction by her engaging stage presence and storytelling.”
-Steven Knipstein, Senior Marketing Director, LifeFitness

“Anne’s openness and candor in sharing her own journey—and the journey of BoMF in developing self-esteem, self-value, and confidence—reminded us that every pursuit begins with one step. Her keynote struck a chord with our conference attendees, inspiring thousands of higher education technology professionals from around the world to feel confident and reach for their dreams. Anne has and has left an indelible mark on the Ellucian community.”
-Michelle Reed, CMO, Ellucian




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“If you are looking for a speaker who is exciting, captivating, motivating, and inspiring, look no further—Anne is among the very best! She captures her audience immediately and keeps them engaged until the very end. Her story resonates with all, her energy is contagious, and the personal touch makes it even more real. I’d recommend her for just about any event and any audience…she won’t disappoint.”
-Larry Solomon, COO, Human Resources, Accenture

"Anne is an engaging storyteller — combining gravitas, humor, nuance and raw emotion to make powerful connections with her audience. And TED audiences are demanding; they require substance, novel thinking and real polish -- they see through the contrived and are immediately bored by speakers trotting out the usual or phoning-it-in. That's what makes Anne so powerful, she transcends the usual, is a real professional and works hard with event organizers to understand her audience to make every minute on stage count."
-Mike Lundgren, TEDxKC Curator

“Anne’s mission and compelling story is an inspirational example for our organization and sales team. Our global conference was kicked-off in the right direction by her engaging stage presence and storytelling.”
-Steven Knipstein, Senior Marketing Director, LifeFitness

“Anne’s openness and candor in sharing her own journey—and the journey of BoMF in developing self-esteem, self-value, and confidence—reminded us that every pursuit begins with one step. Her keynote struck a chord with our conference attendees, inspiring thousands of higher education technology professionals from around the world to feel confident and reach for their dreams. Anne has and has left an indelible mark on the Ellucian community.”
-Michelle Reed, CMO, Ellucian


The Road to Change
Anne Mahlum’s compelling personal story and work with Back on My Feet is a powerful and inspirational example of how change happens. In this engaging and inspiring program, Anne shows us that we all need the same things in life to grow and succeed... to be noticed, to be appreciated, to be valued and to be cared for. She teaches that changing the way we see ourselves and our circumstances is at the core of change and that only then can we begin to move out of our comfort zones and create real and lasting change in our lives. With raw vulnerability, grace and lots of humor, Anne takes audiences on an emotional journey that will leave them feeling motivated, purposeful, and empowered to both manage and create real change in their lives.

Anne Mahlum - TEDxKC


“When you don’t have self-worth or self-value, it’s impossible to know what your potential is.”

Anne Mahlum shares her journey from her preconceived notion of what her life would be like as a child to her reconciliation with her father’s gambling addictions and how the experience ultimately led her to find clarity and purpose through forming a running community and team with nine homeless men who were searching for the same things in life as she was.

Introduction


“Running doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, rich or poor. Running makes you feel like you can fly.” Anne Mahlum shows the power that a running program has to change people’s lives and the way they view themselves through showing them that they can be disciplined, reliable, and capable of meaningful accomplishment.

Running Forward to Alleviate Homelessness: Anne Mahlum at TEDxAustin


Anne Mahlum: Hatch Festival