Meet the HoneyBook | Rising Tide Community Team

A community of empowered independent business owners.

What We Do

The HoneyBook | Rising Tide team is on a mission to empower independent business owners to rise together doing what they love; to use their unique talents to help others and change the world for the better.

By elevating the voices of small business owners, sharing their stories and building a thriving online and offline community, we can support entrepreneurs in their pursuit of a sustainable livelihood.

Empowerment begins when business owners can focus on their passion

By elevating the voices of small business owners, sharing their stories and building a thriving online and offline community, we can support entrepreneurs in their pursuit of a sustainable livelihood.We know that it takes time to turn your passion into a sustainable business, which is why we offer all Rising Tide community members 20% off their first year HoneyBook. HoneyBook is an all-in-one client experience and financial management platform that helps take time consuming business tasks off your plate so you can focus on practicing your craft. By combining tools like billing, contracts and client communication, HoneyBook helps independent business owners get organized so they can provide top-tier service at every step. 

We rise together by sharing knowledge and supporting one another

We know that it takes time to turn your passion into a sustainable business, which is why we offer all Rising Tide community members 20% off their first year HoneyBook. HoneyBook is an all-in-one client experience and financial management platform that helps take time consuming business tasks off your plate so you can focus on practicing your craft. By combining tools like billing, contracts and client communication, HoneyBook helps independent business owners get organized so they can provide top-tier service at every step.

A rising tide lifts all boats

We’re dedicated to not only supporting one another but also giving back to the wider community. To date, we’ve donated over $130,000+ to non-profits including The School Sessions, U.S. Dream Academy, The Birthday Party Project, Thirst Relief, and more. We also partnered with Pencils of Promise to build a school in 2018 — funded entirely by community donations through our annual RISE Summit.

How We Started

In May of 2015, Rising Tide hosted its first set of local meetups in twelve cities across the United States. Coffee shops and wineries filled with small business owners seeking a new mindset in the creative landscape — one built on relationships.

Entrepreneurs 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.

One by one we added meetups in cities from the Northeast to the Southwest, and even internationally. As Rising Tide and the concept of “community over competition” was welcomed with open arms, we had the opportunity to merge with HoneyBook to build an intentional small business community. Today, we host over 400 monthly gatherings in cities around the world and serve a community of over 77,000 independent business owners.

We believe that when small businesses are given the opportunity to rise, the world can be changed for the better. Together, we are empowering the independent business economy to pursue their passion with the support of a community.

Who We Are

Co-Founrder Natalie Franke

Natalie Franke

Rising Tide Co-Founder & Head of Community at HoneyBook

Natalie Franke is a photographer, educator, community builder, and one of the Founders of the Rising Tide. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she studied Visual Studies with a focus on Visual Neuroscience and the Psychology of Seeing. Left brain meets right, she’s a science nerd running on equal parts coffee & entrepreneurship.

Natalie currently lives in Annapolis with her husband and son, and serves as the Head of Community for HoneyBook | Rising Tide—leading a team of world changers in the pursuit of empowering the creative economy.

Community Support & Moderation Team

The Rising Tide team is made up of over six hundred volunteer chapter leaders from around the globe, Community Moderators, and an administrative team working every day to improve the lives of our 76k members. You can reach us by emailing our Community Support Associate or [email protected] for general inquiries and questions. 

Nicole Fly
Nicole Fly
Community Moderator
Nadine Fonseca
Nadine Fonseca
Community Moderator
Josefina H. Sanders
Josefina H. Sanders
Community Moderator
Jenna Fenske
Community Moderator
Jay Candelario
Jay Candelario
Community Engagement Associate
Jared Rey Hernandez
Jared Rey Hernandez
Community Moderator
India PJ
India PJ
Community Moderator
Akua Konadu
Akua Konadu
Community Social Media Manager
Kait Masters - Community Development Manager
Kait Masters
Community Development Manager
Lauren Taylor - Community Content Manager
Lauren Taylor
Community Content Manager
Wendy Zook Community Support Associate
Wendy Zook
Community Support Associate