In episode 39 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Katy Sherratt, CEO of Back on My Feet, on using the power of walking and running to combat chronic homelessness in America.
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As an award-winning social innovation leader, Katy has taken Back on My Feet from early stage startup to sustainable organization with the integration of new holistic success measures for the program, consistent double digit financial and programmatic growth YOY, and geographic expansion of operations across the US.
Katy has been recognized by The Economist’s Philanthrocapitalism program as a leader in social innovation and cutting-edge non-profit management and named among Authority Magazine’s 2019 ‘Female Disruptors’ and Women’s Running Magazine’s ‘Top 20 Game-Changers.’ Most recently, she was named a winner at the Social Innovation Awards.
Katy and her work have been featured across multiple media and news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, New York Times, ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox News, Inc.com, Entrepreneur Magazine, Thrive Global, Popsugar, Runners World and numerous women’s health magazines.
Prior to joining the organization, Katy led global projects for Accenture in their UK and US-based Strategy Practices working with corporate clients, NGOs and nonprofits with clients ranging from leading Financial Institutions to the United Nations.
About Back on My Feet
Back on My Feet is a national nonprofit organization that helps people who are experiencing homelessness get back on their feet through running, job training, and professional development.
Back on My Feet combats homelessness by engaging with individuals in the homeless community and providing them with resources to help them get back on their feet.
The organization uses running as a tool to help individuals in the homeless community build confidence, gain discipline, and establish positive social support networks.
In addition to running, Back on My Feet provides job training and professional development resources to help individuals in the homeless community find employment and housing.
Back on My Feet has helped thousands of individuals in the homeless community get back on their feet and improve their lives.
The organization has a strong track record of success, and its model has been replicated in other cities across the country.
If you are interested in helping people who are experiencing homelessness, Back on My Feet is a great organization to get involved with.
Operating in 13 major cities coast-to-coast, Back on My Feet recruits’ members at homeless and residential facilities and begins with a commitment to run three days a week.
The second phase of the program, Next Steps, provides educational support, job training programs, employment partnership referrals and housing resources.
Since 2007, Back on My Feet members have run more than 940,000 miles and obtained more than 6,500 jobs and homes.
The organization has also engaged more than 150,000 volunteers and supporters across the United States. Every $1 invested in Back on My Feet returns nearly $2.50 to the local community through increased economic output and cost savings.
Back on My Feet has chapters in the following cities: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
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