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 7 years, Anne has grown her company to more than 70 locations across 19 different states (entirely corporately owned) with more than 100,000 clients, including Michelle Obama. Anne has raised more than 70M in private equity and most recently took an investment from VMG in February of 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 12 marathons, one on every continent - most recently Antarctica!
“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.”