"Strong" is definitely a term to describe Anne Mahlum. Anne is the founder of Back on My Feet, 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. She's a CNN Top 10 Hero, a two-time TEDx speaker, an entrepreneur, marathoner and a triathlete, inspiring and reminding audiences everywhere that change begins with just one step. Anne is speaking at the Women’s Health Conference, the leading health event in the region for women to consider their health and wellness as a whole person: body, mind and spirit. The conference takes place on Monday, May 19, 2014 at the Ramada Plaza Suites.
I believe that the foundation for happiness is health. Running really is a metaphor for life. There is always another mile. You just have to take it one step at a time.
Anne M. Mahlum is an entrepreneur who loves to create and build with purpose. The majority of her focus over the past six years has been on 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 opens in Los Angeles in October. Anne has 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.
Adrienne White, conference committee member that is bringing Anne to women in Fargo says, “As women, we often forget that we need to take care of ourselves in the way we take care of others. Underlining Anne’s message is that we are all well worth it.”
Anne is originally from Bismarck, North Dakota and currently lives in DC. She has completed 11 marathons, four triathlons and loves to constantly challenge her body, her mind and her spirit.