She is currently the Founder and Executive Chairwoman of [solidcore], a fast-growing boutique fitness company she founded in DC in 2013. In just 8 years, Anne has grown her company to more than 80 locations (entirely corporately owned) across 27 states with more than 800 employees.
Anne has successfully raised more than $70M in private equity over the years to be able to grow [solidcore] across the US. Her vision has not wavered over the years. She wants to help as many people as possible create the strongest versions of themselves.
Anne is also the founder and former CEO of Back on My Feet a national non-profit organization that using running as a vehicle to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they could change the direction of their lives. She created this organization in 2007 and it has helped thousands of individuals achieve employment and more self-sufficient living.
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 also an active philanthropist, and has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to organizations serving people in recovery as well as organizations working to help the wrongly convicted.
Anne has been honored many times for her leadership and entrepreneurial spirit. She was recognized in 2019 by the Washington Business Journal as one of the ‘Women Who Mean Business’ winners and was named both an ‘ABC World News Person of the Week’ and a CNN Hero for her work at Back on My Feet. She has given three Tedx talks about finding your passion letting go of your complacency and helping others. She has also received notable media attention highlighting her work including articles in The Washington Post, The Washington Business Journal and Runner's World.
An athlete at her core, she has competed 11 marathons and has done one on every continent, yes including Antarctica. She has found a new love in beach volleyball and plays very often. She also enjoys reading, writing and pretty much any board game. She is originally from Bismarck, North Dakota.
- 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 is 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 six years, [solidcore] has expanded to more than 70 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 6 years, [solidcore] has expanded to more than 70 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