About Anne Giles

Anne Giles ClellandAnne Giles (formerly Clelland), 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 (R).

Anne Clelland 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 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, and a link to a video of the entire session.)

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

Anne Giles Clelland 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.

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.

Read more about Anne Giles at annegiles.com.

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