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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.

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

– Marcel Proust

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

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

– Frederic Nietzsche

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

Don’t follow, lead. Don’t copy, create. Don’t start, finish. Don’t sit still, move. Don’t fit in, stand out. Don’t sit quietly, speak up. (Not all the time, sure, but more often.)”

– Seth Godin

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

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

– Arthur Rubinstein

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

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

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction.”

– Martha Beck

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

– Optimism rules

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

– Anna Pavlova

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

– Avenida Margarita

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

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

– Barack Obama

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Gandi

When I was younger I thought success was being a star, driving nice cars, having groupies. But today I think the most important thing is to live your life with integrity.

– Ellen DeGeneres

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

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

– Byron Katie

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

– Noela Evans

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

Do not be afraid of mistakes, providing you do not make the same one twice.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

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

– Joseph Cambell

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

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

– Napoleon

Look at everything as though you were
seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

– Betty Smith

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

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

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

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

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in your room.”

– A wisdomism

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

– Charles R. Swindoll

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Maureen Cook

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

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

– Charles Dickens

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

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain