Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series
Executive Director, Best of the Batch Foundation
Latasha Wilson-Batch has been Continuously Helping Uplift Community Kids™ since 2002. She serves as the Executive Director of Best of the Batch Foundation, whose mission is her passion. The foundations' mission is to help unlock potential in financially challenged communities with resources for children and families through education and empowerment. Her passion is to empower those she reaches to give their best efforts. The result is a community committed to becoming the "best of the batch" in facet of life.
Her efforts have helped raise over $800,000 for the foundation through many educational and extracurricular activities. Under her leadership, she oversees and organizes structural reading and computer literacy programs, a 350 participant seven-week summer basketball league, Batchpack for kids initiative and several after-school mentoring programs. At Christmas they wrapped and delivered over 5,000 toys and household items as secret Santa's on Christmas Eve. The unique scholarship program she created not just helps fund students education, but assist in transitions for students attending higher education out of state.
Aside from her day job, Latasha remains devoted to supporting many local and national charitable causes. She volunteers with Strong Women Strong Girls, Women Shelter City of Pittsburgh, United Way of Allegheny County, Beyond the Game, and with other local organizations.
Despite all of her commitments, Latasha travels to Swaziland, South Africa with Beyond the Game for mission trips, an organization committed to building schools for orphans, mentoring raped pregnant teens, supplying the children with food and care, giving the love of Jesus and education. She has adopted three children, by visiting once a year paying for their schooling, food and clothing and helped build an additional hut for the family.
Latasha embraces a high standard of excellence and does not accept mediocrity in her business, charitable or personal life. She has been honored by the National Association of Women Business Owners "Make the Connection Award" and The UPMC Center for Inclusion "Champion Award." She also sits on the board for the Hill House Association, Strong Women Strong Girls, Future Stars Track Club, and Dignity & Respect National Campaign for Youth, and the ATHENA-Pittsburgh host committee.
Latasha has adopted how to "Live with Meaning" from being a part of a wonderful organization called Power & Joy. She fully believes that success comes from within and that her attitude determines how successful she will be. She encourages everybody to be somebody for someone.
Latasha received a M.S. in Human Development in Sports from University of Tennessee a B.A in Physical Education and a B.S. in Psychology from Johnson C. Smith University. She is currently completing her degree at Carlow University. Latasha is the soul mate to Charlie Batch and together they have five four-legged kids: Roxie, Bunz, Snoop & Nate and Aysia. They reside in Wexford, PA..