Anne Mahlum

PURPOSE-DRIVEN ENTREPRENEUR, CNN HERO

Meet Anne

Anne Mahlum is uniquely poised to help people become the best version of themselves in both their personal and professional lives. Her compelling personal story as Founder of Back on My Feet, a national non-profit organization that uses the power of running to help those experiencing homelessness improve their lives, inspires people to move out of their comfort zones and create lasting change in their lives. As founder and CEO of [solidcore], one of the fastest-growing fitness companies in the country, Anne also helps people build successful companies, communities and workplace cultures.

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Anne’s Programs

Back on My Feet

Changing Perceptions, Changing Lives

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DESCRIPTION


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 create real change in their lives.

TAKEAWAYS


Attendees of this program will:

      • 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

AUDIENCE: Universal

FORMAT: Keynote (up to 60 minutes)

The Conscious Entrepreneur

How to Create and Build an Organization with Purpose

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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 in 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 11 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 over three years [solidcore] has expanded to 21 studios across the country and counts the former First Lady Michelle Obama as one of its regular clients.

TAKE-AWAYS


Attendees of this program will learn:

      • 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

AUDIENCE: Entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, college students

FORMAT: Keynote (up to 60 minutes); Workshop (up to 2 hours)

 

Fast Company

How to Lead a High-Growth Business

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DESCRIPTION


As as the founder of two successful organizations, Anne Mahlum knows what it takes to not only start a business but to also grow it – and faster than most. Anne led Back on My Feet (BoMF) to became a $6.5M nonprofit organization – all privately funded – 11 markets in just 6 years, and a staff of 48. Back on My Feet has served more than 4,000 people in need. Of those, 1,512 members now have jobs and 1,066 of them have housing. Since Anne’s initial idea for BoMF, more than 386,145 miles have been run.

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 3 years, [solidcore] has expanded to 21 studios across the country & has over 35,000 clients
•  the former First Lady Michelle Obama is one of its regular clients
•  over 100+ part-time staff with 96% retention in 2016.
•  Anne has 80% ownership. She led the company through investment deal and sold 20% at an impressive valuation

TAKE-AWAYS


In this dynamic program, Anne teaches:

      • Key strategies for achieving rapid growth
      • 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

AUDIENCE: Business owners/leaders , sales leaders, nonprofit leaders

FORMAT: Keynote (up to 60 minutes); Workshop (up to 2 hours)

Testimonials

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“Anne understands how to connect with her audience better than any other speaker I have seen. She is real, authentic, funny, engaging, quick-witted and it never feels scripted. She has the crowd favorite for our conference and I have recommended her to many of my contacts for their events”
– Senior Manager, Deloitte

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Anne speaks to your soul, because she speaks from hers.

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“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.”
– Chief Operating Officer, Human Resources, Accenture

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“The whole room was captivated by Anne. She has a way to connect with so many people in a genuine and authentic manner while telling her story. She is a force, but also relatable and vulnerable on stage, which is very hard to do.”
– Group President of Marriott International

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“In a room packed full of accomplished CEO’s, Entrepreneurs, and seasoned circuit speakers, Anne Mahlum shined bright like a super nova. Her raw, vulnerable, real emotions exploded off stage and penetrated the hearts of everyone in the room. This is not from intention… It’s from Anne’s pure authenticity. Her presentation was one of the most powerful moments many attendees had not only at the summit, but in life. Anne speaks to your soul, because she speaks from hers.”
– Founder, HATCH

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“Anne blew me away today. I learned so very very much from her message and gained so much more confidence by listening to her story. If we could bottle Anne’s message and share it with every community our world would be a better place. She is gifted with remarkable leadership and communication skills and is clearly a woman to watch.”
– Attendee, The Center for Nonprofit Excellence of Kentucky​​

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“Anne is an engaging storyteller — combining gravitas, humor, nuance and raw emotion to make powerful connections with her audience. And TED audiences are demanding; they require substance, novel thinking and real polish — they see through the contrived and are immediately bored by speakers trotting out the usual or phoning-it-in. That’s what makes Anne so powerful, she transcends the usual, is a real professional and works hard with event organizers to understand her audience to make every minute on stage count.”
– Founder, Curator of TEDxKC

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“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.”
– Sr Marketing Director, LifeFitness

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“Anne, an overdue note of gratitude for speaking with our TracyLocke co-founders. 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.”
– President and CEO, TraceyLocke

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If you are looking for a speaker who is exciting, captivating, motivating, and inspiring, look no further

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“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.”
– Chief Marketing Officer, ellucianTM

Testimonials

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“Anne understands how to connect with her audience better than any other speaker I have seen. She is real, authentic, funny, engaging, quick-witted and it never feels scripted. She has the crowd favorite for our conference and I have recommended her to many of my contacts for their events”

Senior Manager, Deloitte

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Anne speaks to your soul, because she speaks from hers.

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“Anne blew me away today. I learned so very very much from her message and gained so much more confidence by listening to her story. If we could bottle Anne’s message and share it with every community our world would be a better place. She is gifted with remarkable leadership and communication skills and is clearly a woman to watch.”

Attendee, The Center for Nonprofit Excellence of Kentucky​​

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“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.”

– Senior Marketing Director, LifeFitness

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“The whole room was captivated by Anne. She has a way to connect with so many people in a genuine and authentic manner while telling her story. She is a force, but also relatable and vulernable on stage, which is very hard to do. ”

Group President of Marriott International

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Biography

ANNE MAHLUM – BIOGRAPHY

Anne M. Mahlum is an entrepreneur who knows how to create and build with purpose…and she knows how to do it fast. She is currently the owner and CEO of a fast-growing boutique fitness company she founded in DC in 2013 called [solidcore] – www.solidcore.co. In just over three years, Anne has grown her company to 21 locations with more than 35,000 clients, including Michelle Obama. She has 8 full-time and 60 part-time employees and is constantly growing her team. [solidcore] is expected to do more than $8M in revenue this year and recently took a multi-million dollar investment to expand into new markets, including Philadelphia, Atlanta, Southern Maryland and Chicago. She has received notable media attention for her business acumen, including features in The Washington Post and The Washington Business Journal. 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 both Philadelphia and Washington DC’s Business Journal. Anne 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, fundraising and social change. She is originally from Bismarck, North Dakota and currently lives in Washington, DC. She has completed 11 marathons, including one on every continent except Antarctica.

 

 

Speech Intro

Anne Mahlum – Speech Introduction
Pronounced MĂL-ŭm (short “a” and short “u”)

Our speaker today is an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, a runner, and a risk-taker.

She is the Founder and former CEO of Back on My Feet, a non-profit organization that uses the power of running to help those experiencing homelessness change their lives by changing the way they see themselves. With her vision, Back on My Feet is now a $6.5M organization with 11 chapters nationwide, and has helped thousands of people redefine their lives to make lasting changes such as housing and employment.

She is also the Founder and current CEO of [solidcore], one of the fastest-growing fitness companies in the country, which she founded in DC in 2013. In just under three years she has grown [solidcore] to 11 locations with more than 35,000 clients, including Michelle Obama.

She’s a “Top 10” CNN Hero for her work toward changing the perception of homelessness on a global scale, a three-time TEDx speaker, a three-time triathlete, and a marathoner – having completed 11 marathons, including one on every continent except Antarctica.

Please help me welcome…Anne Mahlum.

 

 

intro video

Please plan to have this short video play at the start of Anne’s presentation. (Please note Anne will not bring this video or a computer with her to your event, so it will need to be loaded onto your event computer prior to her arrival.)

Link to Anne Mahlum’s Video Introduction

Powerpoint slide

Anne uses a single PowerPoint slide during her presentation. This is optional, but many of Anne’s clients like to have this up as a background during her presentation. (Please note that Anne will not bring this slide with her, so it will need to be loaded prior to her arrival.)

 

Awards & Honors
  • New York Road Runners Inspiration Award, July 2013
  • Good Heart Award, January 2013
  • New Yorker of the Week, April, 2012
  • Brava Award, CEO Magazine, 2012
  • Circle of Excellence, CEO Magazine, 2011
  • Washington DC’s Top 40 Under 40, 2011
  • Alliance Inspiration Award
  • Philadelphia Alliance, 2010
  • Power 30 under 30, Apex Society, 2010
  • Top 10 Fitness Heroes, Fitness Magazine, 2010
  • State Farm Community Hero Award, 2010
  • Bismarck High School Hall of Fame, 2010
  • Philadelphia’s Top 40 Under 40, 2010
  • Heroes Among Us, Boston Celtics, 2010
  • Penjerdel’s Citizen of the Year, 2009
  • Champion of Health, Women’s Health Magazine, 2009
  • Young Professional of the Year, Young Variety Club, 2009
  • Hometown Hero, Philadelphia 76ers, 2009
  • Next Generation of Leaders, Philadelphia City Council, 2009
  • Honorary Degree, Manhattanville College, 2009
  • ABC World News Person of the Week, 2008
  • CNN Hero, 2008
  • 101 Top Philadelphia Young Leaders, 2008

A/V Preferences

  • Lavaliere/Wireless Microphone
  • PowerPoint
  • PowerPoint Clicker
  • Screen & LCD Projector
  • PowerPoint will play video – will need adequate audio
  • [prefers not to have a podium]