Anne Mahlum

Founder, Owner, & CEO of [solidcore] and Female Entrepreneur
Anne Mahlum
  • Grew [solidcore] to over 60 locations with more than 100,000 clients in just a few years
  • Founder of $6.5M non-profit, Back on My Feet, helping the homeless use the power of running to change their lives
  • Named ABC World News’ Person of the Week, a CNN Hero, and a Business Journal Top 40 under 40 individual
  • Draws on her entrepreneurial experiences to discuss leadership, being bold, and finding your happiness

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Anne M. Mahlum is a female entrepreneur who knows how to create and build with purpose… and how to do it quickly.

Owner and CEO of [solidcore], Anne founded the fast-growing boutique fitness company in Washington, D.C. in 2013. In just a few years, Anne has grown her company to more than 50 locations around the country (entirely corporately owned) with more than 100,000 clients, including Michelle Obama. In late 2017, Anne brought on Peterson Partners as a minority investor to help grow the company to close to 100 locations by the end of 2020. She has received notable media attention for her business acumen and success as a woman entrepreneur, including features in The Washington PostThe Washington Business Journal, and Runner's World.

In speeches, Anne draws on her entrepreneurial experience and regularly speaks at corporate events, academic institutions, and conferences on motivational topics including leadership, being bold, finding your happiness, the business behind starting a nonprofit, and social change.

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 changes in their lives. 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 to change the perception of homelessness on a global scale. 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 work with Back on My Feet has been featured in both local and national media. She has been named ABC World News Person of the Week, a CNN Hero, New Yorker of the Week, and a Top 40 Under 40 individual by both Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.’s Business Journal. Anne was featured in the book, 50 Everyday Heroes, and hosted a documentary on youth homelessness for MTV called The Break.

Originally from Bismarck, North Dakota, Anne currently lives in Washington, D.C. She has completed 12 marathons, one on every continent – the most recent one in Antarctica.

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The Power of Choice, Anne Mahlum

Letting Go of Complacency | Anne Mahlum | TEDxBismarck

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.

Key Outcomes:

  •  How to begin to change the way you see yourself (and others)
  • Tips and tools for moving out of your comfort zone
  • Leave feeling inspired, purposeful, and empowered to create real change in your life

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, but few of us ever follow through on that dream. Anne Mahlum is 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 more than 60 studios across the country and counts the former First Lady, Michelle Obama as one of its regular clients. In this talk, Anne takes audiences through her entrepreneurial journey and outlines the steps she took to launch two successful businesses and shares her lessons-learned along the way.

Key Outcomes:

  • The most important traits every entrepreneur needs in order to survive the startup process
  • How to raise funding for your business ideas
  • 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 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 more than 60 locations across the country with more than 100,000 clients, including the former First Lady, Michelle Obama. Anne inspires audiences with her entrepreneurial journey and outlines how to take a business from an idea, to launch, to a nation-wide success.

Key Outcomes:

  • 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

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.

Key Outcomes:

  • How to begin to change the way you see yourself (and others)
  • Tips and tools for moving out of your comfort zone
  •  Leave feeling inspired, purposeful, and empowered to create real change in your life

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, but few of us ever follow through on that dream. Anne Mahlum is 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 more than 60 studios across the country and counts the former First Lady, Michelle Obama as one of its regular clients. In this talk, Anne takes audiences through her entrepreneurial journey and outlines the steps she took to launch two successful businesses and shares her lessons learned along the way.

Key Outcomes:

  • 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 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 more than 60 locations across the country with more than 100,000 clients, including the former First Lady, Michelle Obama. Anne inspires audiences with her entrepreneurial journey and outlines how to take a business from an idea, to launch, to a nation-wide success.

Key Outcomes:

  • 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
  • he tactical parts of starting any business venture

 

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