Angela spends her time strategically leading the development of advanced software at Florence Healthcare to improve clinical trial execution efficiency, motivational speaking, traveling the world, dog training, blacksmithing, building her saltwater aquariums, woodturning, leading and participating in various boards and most importantly mothering Reanna, SmilesGirl. She graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology, as a single mother, with Highest Honors and a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering. She now serves as the chair of the External Advisory Board of the Biomedical Engineering Department at Georgia Tech as well as on the Georgia Tech College of Engineering board. Angela was inducted into the Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni in 2010 and awarded the  Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 2020.


Angela spent 7 years running clinical trials at Medtronic followed by 2.5 years at the Emory University School of Medicine. She found great joy in participating in improving their quality of life through the testing and development of advanced medical devices and therapies.  Angela is the Chief Operating Officer at Florence. Florence advances clinical research through software. Florence helps 7,200+ research sites, sponsors, and CROs across 27 countries take their day back from paper.

Angela has completed 6 IRONMAN 140.6 Triathlons, 4 IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlons, 5 Marathons (outside of the marathons IN the Ironman races), and was previously awarded her IRONMAN Certified Coach and USAT Level I certifications. She has taken a hiatus from triathlons to speak at motivational events, relearn Mandarin, blacksmith, wood turn, train dogs and mentor her daughter through high school life.


During her travels around the world she slept in monk's quarters at the base of Everest Base Camp and drank coffee at sunrise viewing the magical mountain, kayaked in the Amazon, Alaska and Canada, hiked in Chile, Argentina and Brazil,  walked on the Great Wall of China, completed mission trips in Mozambique, Zambia, Haiti, and Guatemala and spent time enjoying the views of England, Paris, The Netherlands, China, South Africa, Spain and Italy (her first annual mother-daughter outside the US trip). 


Angela’s self-made hashtag is #BeBraveBeBadass. She feels that everyone has their own personal best – level of badass. What is one person’s best self is irrelevant to the next person. If each person is brave enough to push their comfort zone, then they are able to strive for their own personal badass. Her favorite quotes are "Anything worth doing is worth doing well" and "If it were easy then everyone would do it".  ​


Angela is a frequent speaker at conferences on technology in clinical research and FDA inspections. Additionally she lectures at Georgia Tech on expanding leadership potential and process improvement in engineering. She now offers motivational speaking on building best in class company culture, customer service and initiatives that build leadership and management skills. She is a known perfectionist passionate about being her best and empowering those around to to reach the same goals.

When you were born you were given one opportunity to be yourself, build a legacy and make a difference. Make It Count! - AGN

A mother, engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, motivational speaker, blacksmith, saltwater aquarium enthusiast and world traveler bringing diversity to BADASS!​

​​​​​Angela Gill Nelms