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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.

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– William Jennings Bryan

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

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I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

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Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

A man without a smiling face
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– Chinese Proverb

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

– Charles Dickens

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– Andrew Carnegie

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

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– William Blake

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– Audre Lorde

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

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

– Jimi Hendrix

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

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

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

– Chinese Proverb