Anne Mahlum

Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Back on My Feet

Anne M. Mahlum is an entrepreneur who loves to create and build with purpose. The majority of her focus over the past six years has been on 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 opens in Los Angeles in October. Anne has 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 and BoMF have 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 both Philadelphia and Washington DC’s Business Journal. 

Anne 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, fundraising and social change. 

Anne recently stepped down as CEO of Back on My Feet and is starting a new company in Washington DC called [solidcore] – a high-end fitness studio that features the Lagree Fitness Method. It’s probably no surprise that she is planning to open multiple locations. 
She is originally from Bismarck, North Dakota and currently lives in Washington, DC. She has completed 11 marathons, including one on every continent except Antarctica, which she is planning to do next year. 

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    Change, Entrepreneur, Inspiration, Leadership, Overcoming Adversity, Personal Growth, Philanthropy & Volunteerism, Social

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    District of Columbia

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    $10,000 - $15,000

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There is no way this will work | Anne Mahlum | TEDxKC

Anne M. Mahlum is an entrepreneur who loves to create and build with purpose. The majority of her focus over the past six years has been on 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 opens in Los Angeles in October. Anne has 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 and BoMF have 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 both Philadelphia and Washington DC’s Business Journal. 

Anne 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, fundraising and social change. 

Anne recently stepped down as CEO of Back on My Feet and is starting a new company in Washington DC called [solidcore] – a high-end fitness studio that features the Lagree Fitness Method. It’s probably no surprise that she is planning to open multiple locations. 
She is originally from Bismarck, North Dakota and currently lives in Washington, DC. She has completed 11 marathons, including one on every continent except Antarctica, which she is planning to do next year. 

To book Anne Mahlum call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

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. 

NOTE: Anne’s message is universal and resonates with every kind of audience, organization and industry. However, her presentation can be tailored for your audience according to the specific sub-topics below. 

Sub-topics explored in her presentation include:

  • Overcoming adversity
  • Life transitions
  • Risk-taking
  • Perseverance
  • Eliminating excuses
  • Self-worth | self-esteem
  • Vulnerability
  • Identity and redefining ourselves
  • Social change
  • Using sport for social change
  • Starting and building a nonprofit
  • Fundraising
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TEDxKC Curator

"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."

President and CEO, TraceyLocke

“Anne, an overdue note of gratitude for speaking with our TracyLocke cofounders. Your story, your delivery, your message and your insights — touched, inspired, resonated and were so relevant! You have been quoted frequently throughout the week. Your impact and influence will be felt for years to come.”

Senior Marketing Director, LifeFitness

“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.”

COO, Human Resources, Accenture

“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.”

Why she left a $185,000 job to launch a D.C. fitness chain
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

One of the keys to success in the business world is knowing what you are good at and what you are not good at.Anne Mahlum, 34, founder of a string of five Washington-area fitness centers called Solidcore, knows her strengths and weaknesses.

“I’m a good CEO,” said the quotable North Dakota native, who gives motivational speeches at $10,000 a pop. “I’m not a good COO,” or chief operating officer.

Mahlum prefers “the action”: Think big thoughts, lead by example, motivate people behind those ideas and put the resulting enterprise on an upward, self-sustaining arc. She has done it at least once with a Philadelphia nonprofit group called Back on My Feet. Solidcore appears to be on a similar — and profitable — trajectory.

“I’m really good at building and creating stuff,” she said.

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