An expert on women's issues and challenges of the African
American community, Ms. Eastman founded Professional Woman Publishing
in 2005 dedicated to providing books co-authored by over 500
PWN international members and dedicated to raising the dignity
and self-esteem of women globally.
"I have always had a passion to help those who were troubled,
carried heavy burdens, were hurt or simply needed help on their
journey thru life. In particular, I feel emboldened to provide
support for African American women and families who continue
to feel the brunt of racism and gender bias which continues
to be pervasive in the USA. During 1982, it was placed on my
heart to create a highly diverse network of women which would
include at least 50% women of color. To date, we now have over
65% of PWN being women of color with the majority holding a
Bachelor's Degree and a large number completing their Master's
Degree or PhD.
What I have learned on my journey is that there has been
a great deal of childhood abuse which has been masked for a
long, long time. In my coaching and consulting practice, I
stress the importance of living in the "truth" and unmasking oneself. We
as women must learn to provide support for one another rather
than judging and being critical of another's behavior and actions.
As more women become open about their past, a wonderful cathartic
feeling occurs and if women share this in a "safe" environment
with trustworthy women, then warm, loving support is given
to this woman as she heals emotionally.
One of my greatest joys has been certifying 3,000 women from
various countries so that they in turn may reach out to others
and help women, children and families heal. I have instilled
in each PWN member the importance of lifting and encouraging
others. The certification seminars cover topics such as building
self-esteem, assertiveness vs. aggressiveness, overcoming toxic
relationships and healing the inner child. As I observe the consultants,
trainers, ministers, and professional coaches within our PWN
sisterhood start their businesses and reach out to women in prison,
the abused, battered, and neglected, I feel blessed beyond words.
It is important for each of us to reach out to others thru
acceptance rather than tolerance, kindness rather than judgment,
and a complete feeling of servitude to really make a difference
in the lives of others. I feel blessed to have touched the
lives of over 100,000 women globally in the past twenty eight
years since founding PWN."