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 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 six studios with 2 more planned before March 2015. 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.