Her dad was more than her dad. He was her best friend. Her person.
When she was 16 her dad confessed to their family that he was a gambling addict. In that instant Anne Mahlum’s world changed. She was angry, she resented her mother for kicking her father out of the house, and her picket fence world fell apart.
She channeled her anger and confusion into running. Running taught her to take life one step at a time. It taught her to keep going. It taught her that everyone is on a less than perfect road at times.
Fast forward through two undergraduate degrees and a graduate degree, and she found herself in Philadelphia. She ran every morning at 5:30 am, right past a homeless shelter. One day some of the men outside the shelter waved at her. She waved back. They’d yell at her. She’d yell back. They reminded her of her dad, as did their sarcastic wit and outspokenness.
Then she had an idea.
Why are we talking about an entrepreneur and marathoner on an education website? This is why.