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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.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

– Arundhati Roy

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leon Joseph Suenens

We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
 And then, if we are true to plan,
 Our statures touch the skies.”

– Emily Dickinson

The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.”

– Voltaire

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

– Eckhart Tolle

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

4oz tequila + 1oz TripleSec + 2oz lime juice + 1oz simple syrup (sugar=water), 1 cup crushed ice. Shake + dance around the kitchen.

– Avenida Margarita

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

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

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

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

– Optimism rules

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust

You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks.”

– Dr. Ben Carson

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

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

– Lord Chesterfield

You may ask me for anything you like except time.”

– Napoleon

The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

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

– General Omar Bradley

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

– John F. Kennedy

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

– J. Kristnhamurti, The First and Last Freedom

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

If you would create something,
 you must be something.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

A man without a smiling face
 should not open a shop.”

– Chinese Proverb

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin

To find what you seek in the road of life, leave no stone unturned.”

– Edward Bulwer Lytton

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.”

– Arthur Rubinstein

How do you stay resilient? It’s about momentum. Like riding a bicycle. If you stop you fall over. So I keep pedaling.”

– Diane Lane

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

– President Calvin Coolidge

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

– William Blake