Author | Advocate | Outreach Strategist
Trudi Batiste is a community outreach strategist with more than 20 years involved in community programs and services. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Trudi has more than three decades of experience with a background that combines years of administration, management and finance. A 25 year veteran in cosmetology, she is a successful entrepreneur who has established business ventures including owning a hair salon and urban art company.
Trudi’s current career focus has turned to serving others in the areas of advocacy, education, and evidence based programs. She has recently partnered with Central Virginia Educational Resource Programs (CVERP), a non-profit organization, as Teen Intervention Specialist to implement the We ADAPT (We are Demonstrating a Positive Turnaround) intervention plan.
In 2017, she wrote and self-published, “Flagged by the Feds: A Spiritual Guide to Surviving Federal Prison.” Her personal experiences with incarceration sparked a passion to assist justice involved individuals in becoming a voice of hope within their communities. Since the release of her first book, she has written two interactive e-books entitled, “Write Now: Self-Publishing Made Easy,” and “What They Don’t Tell You about Reentry: Exposing the Side Effects of Incarceration.”
Trudi is also the creator of Girl Talk Uncensored-RVA, a forum designed to educate and empower girls and women of all ages through guided panel discussions to address sensitive topics. Girl Talk Uncensored has rapidly gained its popularity and covers a wide range of topics including coping skills, confidence building, diversity & inclusion, and digital citizenship.
She is a certified workshop facilitator and contributing author of “Camouflage, Volume 2,” an anthology series. In 2018, she received an Indie Author Legacy Award (IALA) nomination for Author of the Year in the education category.
Trudi is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the mother of three sons and resides in Richmond, Virginia.
Flagged By the FEDS: A Spiritual Guide To Surviving Federal Prison
What They DON'T Tell You About Reentry: Exposing the Side Effects of Incarceration
Write Now! A Beginner's Guide to Self-Publishing
What People Are Saying
Meeting you unlocked something in me and being able to stand and share my own story was another level of my healing for my life. Thank you. Your prison experience has impacted my life forever.
If you’re looking for an amazing, inspirational read, THIS IS IT! I literally sat and read the entire book in a matter of a few hours because I couldn’t put it down! This book is based on real life events and had me smiling, crying, convicted, motivated and inspired.
Adjusting to prison life was difficult for me. The people, the language, and the mentalities were foreign. Prison culture and the "outside" society are two different worlds. What worked in my professional life on the "outside" caused me to be ostracized, ridiculed, bullied and isolated inside prison. Trudi helped me to adjust to my new environment by looking for opportunities to grow spiritually, mentally and emotionally. She also directed my attention to focus on my true purpose for being here - God's assignment for my life. She blessed me beyond measure.
Inform| Inspire| Impact
WE must be the change that we want to see in our communities! Change begins with US!