Today kicks off a series of service-related interviews in light of Veteran's Day. Today is the first of three interviews highlighting Marjorie Eastman.
Marjorie was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. As an undergraduate, she was competitively selected as a White House Intern and also studied abroad at the University College London, School for Slavonic and East European Studies. She attended the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, where she earned her master’s degree in International Security, with concentrations in Homeland Security, Intelligence, and Human Rights. During her graduate studies, she was one of 56 students selected nationally for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Honors Internship Program. She also has an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University. Marjorie served as a United States Army intelligence officer and commander.
Her ten years of post 9/11 military service include two combat deployments, one in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the other in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. She started out enlisted and received the rare honor of being awarded a direct commission within her first two years of service. Her final duty was to command over one hundred soldiers in Afghanistan to successfully fulfill their mission, and safely return home. She was ranked the #1 Military Intelligence company commander in Eastern Afghanistan for the deployment cycle of 2009-2010, awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service as a combat commander and received the Combat Action Badge. Marjorie has been recognized by the Nashville Business Journal with the 2015 Award for Veteran Leading in Business and has been described as a veteran thought leader in PBS’s Veterans Coming Home initiative.
She is involved with charities and boards that support girls, women, and veterans. More recently, she has filled the role as: President & COO of the YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee, a 118-year-old non-profit that is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all; Regional Representative for Girls on the Run Middle Tennessee Board of Directors; and she helped launch the Nashville Service Platoon for The Mission Continues.
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