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Anne Mahlum

CEO, Entrepreneurship, Fitness, Inspirational, Social Issues, TED Talk Speaker

Travels from District of Columbia, USA

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Anne Mahlum Profile

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.

She is currently the Founder, Owner and CEO of a fast-growing boutique fitness company she founded in DC in 2013 called [solidcore] In just 6 years, Anne has grown her company to more than 70 locations (entirely corporately owned) with more than 100,000 clients, including Michelle Obama. [solidcore] has studios in DC, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Florida, Indiana, New York, Texas, Georgia, Minneapolis, North Dakota, Connecticut, Illinois and Michigan. In late 2017, Anne brought on Peterson Partners as a minority investor to help grow the company. The company is excited to get back to growing in 2021. She has received notable media attention for her success as a woman entrepreneur and business acumen, including features in The Washington Post, The Washington Business Journal and Runner’s World.

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    Anne M. Mahlum is a female entrepreneur who knows how to create and build with purpose…and she knows how to do it quickly.

    She is currently the Founder, Owner and CEO of a fast-growing boutique fitness company she founded in DC in 2013 called [solidcore] In just 6 years, Anne has grown her company to more than 70 locations (entirely corporately owned) with more than 100,000 clients, including Michelle Obama. [solidcore] has studios in DC, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Florida, Indiana, New York, Texas, Georgia, Minneapolis, North Dakota, Connecticut, Illinois and Michigan. In late 2017, Anne brought on Peterson Partners as a minority investor to help grow the company. The company is excited to get back to growing in 2021. She has received notable media attention for her success as a woman entrepreneur and business acumen, including features in The Washington Post, The Washington Business Journal and Runner’s World.

    Prior to [solidcore], Anne was the CEO of Back on My Feet (BoMF), a non-profit organization she founded 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, which includes employment and independent housing. In addition to Philadelphia, the organization now has chapters in Baltimore, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Indianapolis, Atlanta, New York City, Austin and Los Angeles. Anne led BoMF to become a $6.5M privately-funded organization with staff of 48, 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.

    Anne’s work with Back on My Feet has been featured in countless times in both local and national 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. Anne has been named ABC world News Person of the Week, a CNN Hero, New Yorker of the Week, a top 40 under 40 individual by Philadelphia and Washington DC’s Business Journal, as well as Crain’s New York.

    Anne is also a motivational speaker and regularly speaks at corporate events, academic institutions and conferences on numerous topics including, leadership, being bold, finding your happiness, the business behind starting a nonprofit, and social change.

    She is originally from Bismarck, North Dakota and currently lives in Washington, DC. She has completed 11 marathons, one on every continent – most recently Antarctica!–

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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.

What People are Saying about Seeing Anne Speak

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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

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