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 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 Annapolis, Maryland with her 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