About Anne Giles

Anne Giles ClellandAnne Giles, M.A., M.S., is the president, CEO and founder of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the founder of Handshake 2.0 (R), and a co-founder of Cognichoice (TM).

Anne presented “The Entrepreneurial Clinician: What Clinicians with Great Ideas for Health Care Mobile Apps Need to Know” at the 2012 mHealth Summit.  (Here’s a link to a version of Anne’s presentation posted on Handshake 2.0, a link to a video of the entire session, and a link to her mHealth Summit bio.)

Anne Giles is a GAP 50 Entrepreneur Award finalist.  She was nominated in the entrepreneur category for TechNite Awards in 2009, 2010 and 2013 by the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council, RBTC, Virginia. She Chooses (R), the personal awareness and social sharing network for women, co-founded by Anne, was nominated in the Rising Star category at TechNite 2011.

She Chooses(R), a prototype of Cognichoice, was selected from over 100 companies as one of 55 startups to present at Distilled Intelligence 1.0 in 2011.

Cognichoice as Feel. Think. Choose. (TM) was selected as one of five finalists to compete in the 2012 VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Anne Giles wrote the personal workplace advice column for Valley Business FRONT from December 2008 through December 2012. Online versions of the column are posted on Handshake 2.0 and were collected in Work: It’s Personal in January, 2012.

Her interests include entrepreneurship and regional community and economic development.  She served as a mentor at Startup Weekend Blacksburg, 2012.

Anne’s Bachelor of Arts degree in history, minor in geological sciences, and Master of Arts in education are from Virginia Tech.  Her Master of Science degree in mental health counseling is from Nova Southeastern University. She is Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Human Subjects Research Certified.

She competed in sprint triathlons during the 2008-2011 and 2013 seasons, primarily in the Virginia Triathlon Series.  She does circuit training every Saturday morning at The Weight Club with Don Belote. She has one sister, Margaret Galecki.  Her sister is married, has grown children, and lives in Radford, Virginia.  Anne has two cats. Anne blogs at annegiles.com.

Anne was born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1958, lived in Covington, Virginia, Columbus, Ohio, and Moscow, Idaho as a child, then in Blacksburg, Virginia through young adulthood.  She moved to Tampa, Florida in 1983, lived there for twenty-three years, and returned to Blacksburg in July, 2006.

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