Episode 6: Marjorie K. Eastman

Marjorie K. Eastman Shrugged Off Sexism and Rose to U.S. Army Commander

Across all branches of the U.S. military, only 14 percent of active service members are women. Veteran, mother, and entrepreneur, Marjorie K. Eastman is a marvel who wants to change that number. Her book, The Frontline Generation, was the first of its kind to define post-9/11 service and leadership and what it means for this country.

After 10 years in the military, Eastman’s journey is far from over. She’s now involved with Bunker Labs, a nonprofit network for veteran entrepreneurs that has had immeasurable success. Her son was diagnosed with cancer when he was six months old, and he was given a 30 percent chance to live. However, Eastman focuses instead on how her army career helped her cope with the situation. Learn more about this amazing woman on our latest episode of SheVentures.


Key Moments

  • 4:01 Where women were once seen as a hindrance on the battlefield, 9/11 showed that
  • “Terrorism knows no front lines.” Marjorie K. Eastman talks about the importance of women in the military today.
  • 11:13 — You don’t have to dilute your femininity to succeed in the army. Eastman explores what the uniform can give and take away.
  • 13:37 — How to encourage “man-bassadors” in your life.
  • 21:06 Eastman gives us a deep look into her psyche and the reason why she pivoted from boots on the ground to the intelligence community.
  • 23:19 — How asking the right questions and having cognitive diversity on a team helps save lives.
  • 27:57 The “one percent” of Americans who still serve in a post-9/11 world is the lowest that number has ever been. Eastman discusses why this “service gap” is a problem.
  • 33:21 Learn about Bunker Labs, a nonprofit network for veteran entrepreneurs and how Eastman turned “Deck of 52” on its head.
  • 39:09 — At six months, Eastman’s son was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer with a mortality rate of 70 percent. Eastman’s time in service helped her cope with this harsh reality.
  • 44:15 — “Never be deceived that smiling is a weakness, especially if you are a woman.” Smiling at a drill sergeant led to push-ups and a lesson on grace.
  • 48:10 Dead or alive, who is the one woman that Eastman would most like to have lunch with?

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