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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.

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

– Aristotle

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

– Anita Roddick

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

– Carl Rogers

The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

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

– Anais Nin

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

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

– Muhammad Yunus

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

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"

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

– William Butler Yeats

A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”

– Norwegian proverb

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

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

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

– John D. Rockefeller

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

– Jalaluddin Rumi

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

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

– T.S. Eliot

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

– Winston Churchill

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

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

If people like you they’ll listen to you; if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

– Zig Ziglar

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.”

– Goldie Hawn

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

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

– T.S. Eliot

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

– Arundhati Roy

I have spent a good part of my life convincing people that a blank sheet of paper is the greatest opportunity in the world, and not frightening at all.”

– Marty Skler, executive vp, Walt Disney Imagineering

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

– Bob Dylan

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

– Woodrow Wilson

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

– Muhammad Yunus

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

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

– Anthony Trollope

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

Anything not worth doing well is not worth doing.”

– Warren Buffett

Many people prefer to play it safe when it comes to business matters. Are you willing to take risks in the pursuit of entrepreneurial success?”

– Steven Schussler

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

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

– Charles R. Swindoll

Remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you’re stumped, because sometimes you really can’t be expected to handle everything alone.”

– Martha Beck

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 critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

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

– Napoleon