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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 only with the heart that one can see rightly,
 what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

‎Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

– Booker T. Washington

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

– Chinese Proverb

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

– Michelle Sedas

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

I’ve come to confirm that one’s title, even that of president, says little about how well one’s life has been led. No matter how much you’ve done, or how successful you’ve been, there’s always more to do, to learn, and to achieve.”

– Barack Obama

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

Anything not worth doing well is not worth doing.”

– Warren Buffett

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

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

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

– Groucho Marx

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

– Leo Jozef Suenens

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

– Alfred Adler

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

– Frederic Nietzsche

Your own words are the bricks and mortar
of the dreams you want to realize.
 The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience.”

– Sonia Croquette

This is the age when magical technologies make more and more radically fun ideas plausible, even easy. You’re only limited by your creativity.”

– Martha Beck

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

– John Lennon

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

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

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

– Ray Bradbury

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

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

– A wisdomism

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

– Napoleon

I always maintained that the greatest obstacle in life isn’t danger, it’s boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events in the world — good or ill.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

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

– Albert Einstein

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

But all the while I was alone, the past was close behind, I seen a lot of women, but she never escaped my mind, and I just grew, tangled up in blue.”

– Bob Dylan

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

– Anna Pavlova

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

– Barack Obama

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

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

– Goldie Hawn

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

– Francesca Reigle

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

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

– Martha Beck

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

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

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver

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

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

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

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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"

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

– Aristotle

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

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

– Louisa May Alcott