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Robin Strongin, Disruptive Women in Health Care

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Robin Strongin is an accomplished public affairs expert with more than 25 years of experience working in Washington, DC. Her areas of specialization include health care, science, technology, and innovation. Robin has worked with and for federal and state governments, regulatory agencies, Congress, think tanks, nonprofit organizations, corporations, coalitions, and trade associations.

She founded Disruptive Women in Health Care in 2008 to serve as a platform for provocative ideas, thoughts, and solutions in the health sphere. “We recognize that to accomplish this, we need to call on experts outside of the health industry”, she asserts.

“The founding Disruptive Women have audacious hopes for our blog,” Strongin says. “We’re not managing change, we’re not waiting for cures. We’re driving change, we’re creating chaos, and we’re finding cures. In a nutshell: We’re disrupting the status quo in the health machine. “Our goal is to become the go-to health care blog—one that is recognized as a Petri dish for fresh ideas and bold solutions. Won’t you join us?”

She is also the president of Amplify Public Affairs, the next generation in public affairs, leading the way in integrating new media and traditional communications strategies. With unequalled expertise in aligning allies, connecting voices, and promoting action, Amplify serves as a relationship builder, creating and sustaining win-win collaborations to move issues forward and influence targeted audiences. Through the blending of innovative communication technologies, credible coalition-building, grassroots and top-tiered public affairs expertise, Amplify leverages connections to achieve targeted objectives in the public, private, and political arena.

Contact Robin by email, rstrongin@amplifypublicaffairs.net.

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.”

– Thomas Dunn

Treat the attainment of happiness in the same way an entrepreneur would approach building a business — with a vision, plan, goals, and a systematic approach.”

– Ted Leonsis

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

– Lao Tzu

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what nurtures creative thinking.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these,’ for it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. 
Now put foundations under them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation that indicate opportunities for success.”

– Peter F. Drucker

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– Martha Beck

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”

– Gandi

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake

To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.”

– Anna Pavlova

The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler

The goal of Life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.”

– Joseph Cambell

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

Who cares if my glass is half empty or half full; I still have something to drink.”

– Optimism rules

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

‎The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.”

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

I don’t do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, ‘That’s going to fail,’ so I can prove myself wrong.”

– Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe

A lot of people have ideas, but few decide to do something about them now. Not next week. But today.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

– Indira Ghandi

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of inkandescent terror.”

– T.S. Eliott

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

It is to no purpose to turn away from the real nature of the affair because the honor of its elements excites repugnance.

– Carl von Clausewitz, On War