Award-winning author, Veteran, entrepreneur, and mother to speak at Pathway WBC networking event
On Thursday, February 15, Pathway Lending and Pathway WBC will welcome author Marjorie K. Eastman as the guest of honor at Power Surge, a quarterly networking event that brings together entrepreneurs with local leaders in an intimate setting to ask questions and share successes.
Meet our February speaker: Marjorie K. Eastman
A Southern California native, Eastman now calls Nashville home. Eastman served as a United States Army intelligence officer and commander, and was awarded among other honors the Bronze Star for meritorious service.
Eastman always knew she wanted her son to know about her time in the Army – to share her first-person account of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
After enduring the “special kind of hell” of her six-month old son’s neuroblastoma diagnosis and treatment, however, Eastman realized she had to capture what helped her survive that year. She decided to write a memoir for her son.
“I figured one day he would rummage through the bookshelves in our office and stumble upon the daily journals I kept of my time in combat,” said Eastman. “But now I especially wanted him to know about my time in uniform because of how it helped me get through his fight with cancer.”
The result is a story of her generation of service members, the less than 1% of the US population who joined the military after 9/11, and continues to serve in active combat to this day, “The Frontline Generation: How We Served Post 9/11.”
Read an excerpt from “The Frontline Generation” right here.
In 2016, Eastman was featured in Nashville Public Television’s “Coming Home” series. Eastman recounts her tours, the lessons she learned as an intelligence officer, and the unique role women have played in this war.
She also addressed the “old school attitude” she faced about women in the military, which include the story of a stranger noticing the bronze star on her license plate and asking if her husband was in the military. His incredulous response to her saying that yes, her husband is in the military, but the Bronze Star Medal was her own became another turning point for Eastman:
“I realized people’s default is to think that a man served, and we need to change that,” says Eastman. “It’s a misconception that’s harmful for women veterans. It’s important for our country to know the story of post 9/11 service members because we lived with purpose, we lived for each other, and we led – both men and women.”
Eastman has also written for and been featured in national publications. To highlight just a few:
- Forbes: “Leadership Is Universal: A Conversation With Marjorie K. Eastman On Leading Your Own Life”
- Huffington Post: “Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran Marjorie K. Eastman Publishes Award Winning Book”
- Washington Post: “Men stood by women in combat. Now we need them to enlist in the #MeToo movement.”
Come to Power Surge on Thursday, February 15 to hear Eastman’s story firsthand as she shares the importance of living with purpose, and living for each other: