Creative entrepreneur and nonprofit founder, Anne Mahlum loves to build with purpose. The majority of her focus over the 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.
The nonprofit organization Anne founded, called Back on My Feet, operates run clubs at nearly 60 shelters in 11 cities, including Washington and Baltimore. With a staff of 48, thousands of volunteers and an operating budget of $6.5 million, BoMF has helped 46 percent of participants find a job, housing or both. 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 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. In addition, Anne and BoMF have been featured in both local and national media. In 2012, Anne hosted a documentary for MTV called The Break on youth homelessness and she was recently spotlighted in the book, 50 Everyday Heroes.
Anne regularly speaks on topics including, leadership, being bold, finding your happiness, the business behind starting a nonprofit, fundraising and social change at corporate events, academic institutions and conferences.
A gifted entrepreneur, Anne recently stepped down as CEO of Back on My Feet and started a new company in Washington DC called [solidcore], which is a high-end fitness studio featuring the Lagree Fitness Method. She is planning to open in multiple locations in the near future.
Currently living in District of Columbia, Anne is originally from Bismarck, North Dakota. She has completed 11 marathons (one on every continent except Antarctica), and she plans on completeing on there next year.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”