Founder + Owner + CEO
Anne M. Mahlum is an entrepreneur who knows how to create and build with purpose…and she knows how to do it quickly. She is the owner and CEO of [solidcore], which she founded in DC in 2013. Since, Anne has grown the company to over 70 locations with tens of thousands of clients, including Mrs. Michelle Obama. In the fall of 2017, Anne took an investment from Peterson Partners to further the growth of [solidcore] and will have more than 60 studios across the country by the end of 2019. Anne has received notable media attention for her business acumen, including features in The Washington Post, Washingtonian, The Washington Business Journal and Runners 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 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 12 marathons, one on every continent - most recently Antarctica! Anne also enjoys snowboarding, volleyball, reading, writing, traveling and playing the piano.