Meet the Rising Tide Society Team

A community built by creatives for creatives.



Our Story

What began as a conversation with dear friends over wine about the loneliness that entrepreneurship can bring has transformed into an international movement for creative entrepreneurs and small business owners built on a foundation of community over competition. The Rising Tide Society began simply as a dream, and quickly grew to a community of creatives from all backgrounds and industries uniting for one reason. A movement dedicated to the people it serves, Rising Tide Society focuses on building community locally and transforming not only the creative industry, but also the world.

In May of 2015, the Rising Tide Society hosted its first set of TuesdaysTogether gatherings in twelve cities across the nation. Coffee shops and wineries filled with small business owners seeking a new mindset in the creative landscape—one built on relationships. Creatives who typically spent day after day sitting at their desks with only the hum of the computer and their third cup of coffee to keep them company now had the opportunity to engage in community within their own towns. In less and a month, applications from creatives began flooding in. Seeing a need within their communities, everyone from photographers to boutique owners, bakers to artists began transforming the mindset within their cities from one of competition, to community.

One by one we added gatherings in cities from the Northwest to the Deep South, and even internationally. As Rising Tide Society and the concept of “Community Over Competition” was welcomed with open arms, we had the opportunity to merge with HoneyBook to build an intentional creative community worldwide.

In addition to hosting local TuesdaysTogether meet-ups, the Rising Tide Society is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible education for small business owners. With blog content from thought-leaders throughout the creative industry, free educational webinars and multiple online Rising Tide Society Summits, education is a priority within our community.

Likewise, our Rising Tide Society community is only as strong as the communities around us, so we dedicate ourselves to supporting non-profits and organizations we are passionate about. To date, we’ve given $60,000+ to non-profits and organizations including The School Sessions, U.S. Dream Academy, The Birthday Party Project, Thirst Relief and more. 




Natalie Franke



Natalie Franke Hayes is a photographer, educator, speaker, and Co-Founder of the Rising Tide Society. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Visual Studies and a concentration in Visual Neuroscience and the Psychology of Seeing. Natalie lives in San Francisco, California with her husband + high school sweetheart and serves as the Head of Community for HoneyBook.


Our Team

The Rising Tide Society team is made up of over four hundred volunteer chapter leaders from around the globe, a newly appointed Creative Council, Community Moderators, Regional Directors and administrative team working every day to improve the lives of our members.


Ann Blake Creative Council


Anthony Battistella Community Manager


Ashley Gerrity Regional Director


Betsy Fick Community Moderator


Brittany Collier Regional Director

Dannie Fountain Creative Council


Destinee Jackson Creative Council


Fina Sanders Community Moderator


Hattie Dunstan Creative Council

Hugh Hayes Creative Council


Jessica Carrillo Regional Director


Joni Whitworth Creative Council


Kait Masters Community Support

Laura Hernandez Creative Council


Leslie Wong Creative Council


Lauren Carnes Creative Council


Joshua Booth Community Moderator

Madison Short Blog Editor


Mariana Herrera Mosli Community Moderator


Megan Elizabeth Regional Director


Meredith Staggers Regional Director

Miguel Garcia Creative Council


Nicole Wright Product Genius


Paul Bench Data Analyst


Ruth Pitt Community Moderator


Tiffany Tolliver Creative Council