Anne Mahlum

Anne Mahlum

Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Back on My Feet
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Program Descriptions

Back on My Feet: Changing Perceptions, Changing Lives
Anne'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 create real change in their lives.


  • learn how to begin to change they way they see themselves (and others)
  • learn tips and tools for moving out of their comfort zones
  • leave feeling inspired, purposeful, and empowered to create real change in their lives

    The Conscious Entrepreneur: How to Create and Build an Organization with Purpose
    Many of us dream about starting a business at one point in our lives. Few of us ever follow through on that dream. Anne Mahlum in not one of those few. In 2007, Anne founded Back on My Feet (BoMF), a non-profit organization that uses the power of running to change the way those experiencing homelessness see themselves so they can make real change in their lives. Her vision for BoMF was simple, yet bold - to help as many people as possible and perhaps even change the perception of homelessness on a global scale. Today, BoMF is in 12 cities across the country and has helped thousands of people redefine and reclaim their lives. But being the entrepreneur she is, Anne had plans for another purposeful organization. She founded [solidcore], a boutique fitness studio, in D.C. in 2013. In a little under five years [solidcore] has expanded to 36 studios across the country and counts the former First Lady, Michelle Obama as one of its regular clients.

  • The most important traits every entrepreneur needs in order to survive the startup process
  • How to raise funding for your business idea
  • How to convince investors to buy in to your vision
  • The tactical parts of starting any business venture

    Fast Company: How to Lead a High-Growth Business
    As as the founder of two successful organizations, Anne knows what it takes to not only start both a non-profit and a for-profit, but she also knows how to run build them...and faster than most. Anne led Back on My Feet (BoMF) to become a $6.5M organization operating in 12 markets in just 6 years with 48 full-time staff members. BoMF has served more than 6,000 people in need helping them create self-sufficiency in their lives through employment and housing. Anne is also the founder and current CEO of [solidcore], one of the fast-growing boutique fitness companies in the country. Her record of growth for [solidcore] is even more impressive: -In just over 5 years, [solidcore] has expanded to 43 locations across the country with more than 100,000 clients, including the former First Lady, Michelle Obama.

  • Key strategies for achieving rapid growth and/or scaling your business
  • How to create a high-performing, agile business
  • How to engage employees to be innovative, strategic thinkers
  • How to build a loyal community of customers
  • Why Book Anne Malum?

  • A philanthropist, humanitarian, running enthusiast, and professional speaker, Anne is a woman as interesting as she is busy! She will inspire you with her mission to improve the lives and spirits of homeless persons around the country.

  • Not only is her nonprofit and private fitness studio socially responsible, but it is a great study in how to make a business profitable by using quick and explosive growth. Anne has a lot of great ideas, and she loves using them to educate her audiences.

  • She provides great people with take aways on personal health, humanitarianism, inspiration, and self motivation.

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    Biography Read more

    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 5 years, Anne has grown her company to 44 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 take the company to close to 100 locations by the end of 2020. 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 12 marathons, one on every continent - most recently Antarctica!

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